The Dauphin Kings are pleased to announce they have acquired 1997 power forward Kelby Picard from the Wayway Wolverines. The Kings send their second 4th round pick in 2016 Bantam Draft back to Wayway in the deal.
Picard, a Beausejour, Manitoba native, and former Eastman Select will join former AAA midget team mates Kirklan Lycar and Landon Plett. Picard, a 6’0 190 pound forward will provide skill and grit in the Kings lineup.
Head coach and Gm Marlin Murray discuss the acquisition, “Kelby will fit in real well with our club. He knows many players and that should speed up the transition here in Dauphin. He plays the game hard and we like his skill level. We hear he is vocal and well liked in the dressing room and will provide leadership at some point.”
Picard, who was the Captain last season for the Eastman Selects had 12 goals and 22 assists while racking up just under 100 penalty mins.
Former Dauphin Kings Defenceman Steven Jaques coached Picard last season and gives more insight on the player, “He was a player that we relied upon in every situation last season. Kelby’s character and ability to influence others to put in the necessary work to be successful was invaluable. He was a real good Captain.”
The Kings acquired a fourth round pick in 2016 bantam draft from the Portage Terriers in an offseason deal. Therefore, the Kings had two 4th round picks for the upcoming 2016 bantam draft. The Wolverines will get the later of the two picks at the conclusion of the 2015-2016 season.
The Dauphin Kings organization would like to welcome Kelby and his family to King country.