DAUPHIN, MB - Most players are continuing to work both on and off the ice as the Manitoba Junior Hockey League season draws near.
The Dauphin Kings will kick off Fall Camp presented by Smitty's & the Dauphin Super 8 in the final week of August.
Forward Braeden Young (00) was recently acquired by the Kings in a trade with the SJHL's Melfort Mustangs. That transaction also saw the team pick up forward Parker Fofonoff (01).
Young stands at 6'0 and 177 pounds and has been busy this summer.
"I've been working out with my Trainer John Gibson in the off season and getting on the ice as much as I can. I'm also in a summer hockey league right now."
Young says he's looking to accomplish a few things in 2019-20.
"I want to improve as much as I can. Of course the end goal is always a league championship and a berth in the National Junior A Championship. I'm looking forward to a new year in a new league" added the Prince George, BC product.
Another King from British Columbia is Leeam Tivers. The Surrey forward says he's looking forward to coming back to Dauphin in August.
"I've been training all summer and on the ice a couple times a week" he says. "I'm really excited to get back to Dauphin and work with my teammates. I think we have a really good group coming back and the moves that Coach Doug has made have been really good. I think we're set up very well heading into camp" added Tivers.
Local product Andrew Liwiski has spent a chunk of his summer working both in the gym, on the ice and at the Dauphin Lake Golf Course. Going into his final season of junior hockey Liwiski has some goals to cross off his list.
"I'm hoping to bring a championship to Dauphin. That's the big thing going into my 20 year old season. I just want to win" says Liwiski.
The Dauphinite says it's been a fun summer in town and the talk about the Kings going into 2019-20 makes him eager to start the campaign.
"Everyone is really enthusiastic. Everyone I've talked to is says they're really excited for us to have a good year. There's lots of hype in town. I'm just looking forward to getting started."
Season tickets remain on sale for the upcoming season and sponsorship packages are available for both new and returning sponsors!
"After seeing our attendance rise overall last season and the expectation of a very exciting year ahead, there isn't a better time to become a partner with the Dauphin Kings" says Director of Marketing & Media Relations Christian Laughland.
"Becoming a season ticket holder is also a great option and gives you 29 great nights out during the fall and winter" he added.