DAUPHIN, MB - The Dauphin Kings are excited to announce the additions of two players from the Southwest part of the province after both recently signed letters of intent!
D-man Nolan Wickham and forward Andrew Andries will join the Kings in 2021-22.
Wickham and Andries both mixed in eight games with the Manitoba U18 AAA Hockey League's Southwest Cougars before things were put on pause in November.
Wickham had three goals and two assists when things stopped. In the previous season the Waskada product tallied seven goals and 19 assists in 46 contests. He was originally drafted by the Kings in the 4th round (35th overall) of the 2018 MJHL Draft.
The 6'2, 179 pound Southern Manitoban says he likes to play at both ends of the rink.
"I'd say I'm a solid two way defenceman. I'm reliable on the D side but I can also contribute on the offensive side. My height has helped me for sure and I've been buffing up during the off seasons so hopefully I can fit in well in the league" he says.
Wickham adds he's got a number of things to shoot for starting in the fall.
"I want to get better every day, help contribute and ultimately advance to a higher level of hockey. It's been my goal to make the Kings ever since I was drafted and it's exciting to have the opportunity to do so."
Meanwhile, forward Andrew Andries had three assists when the stoppage took place. In 2019-20 he notched seven goals and 14 assists in 48 tilts with the Cougars.
The 5'10, 160 pound Killarney product considers himself an all round type of forward.
"I'm a two way forward that likes to take care of his own end first. I like to go to the dirty areas, I'm a pass first kind of guy and I like to stick up for my teammates."
Andries has been spending time on his family's outdoor rink since things were paused back in November.
"My brother and I have been using it quite a bit since we stopped playing. We've also got an at home gym here that we've been hitting up" he says. "I'm hoping to come into Dauphin and try and make a difference then maybe down the road I can get some schooling out of it as well" Andries added.
The Kings would like to welcome Nolan, Andrew and their families to Dauphin! Stay tuned for more Kings player announcements in the coming days!