DAUPHIN, MB – It was announced Monday that current Dauphin Kings forward Riese Gaber has committed to the Western Michigan Men’s Ice Hockey team (NCAA DIV I).
Gaber is going into his second full season with the Dauphin Kings after taking part in 42 games in 2016-17 and scoring 13 goals and 19 assists for 32 points.
Last season the Gilbert Plains forward was also a part of Team Canada West at the World Junior ‘A’ Challenge in Bonnyville, Alberta. The forward had one assist at the tournament and is hoping to return to this year’s event which will take place in Truro, Nova Scotia.
Gaber finished the 2016-17 MJHL campaign as the Kings Rookie of the Year, which has previously been handed out to former NCAA Division 1 forwards. That list includes Bryn Chyzyk (North Dakota) and Shane Luke (Providence).
“I’m glad to commit to such a great school, it’s a huge opportunity and really makes me look forward to my future” says Gaber.
“It’s a little bit of weight off my shoulders. Now I can just play and not have to worry. It’s a great school and it would have been very tough to pass up” adds Gaber.
The forward will join another Manitoban in Western Michigan. Former NHL Head Coach (Los Angeles / St.Louis) and Souris product Andy Murray.
“The development I’ll get with Andy and everything else in Western Michigan is something I’m really looking forward to when the time comes.”
“This is a great accomplishment for Riese. As an organization we’re extremely proud of what he’s done thus far. After winning Rookie of the Year honours with our club, being named to the All-Rookie Team for the MJHL and making Team Canada West at the World Junior ‘A’ Challenge, this commitment to Western Michigan is a great way to cap off his first full season as a King” says Kings Head Coach and General Manager Marc Berry.
“The Kings pride themselves on promoting our players to the next level and we currently have a core group of guys that we see following the same path in the near future.”