DAUPHIN, MB - Landon Russell is the latest Dauphin King to move on to the next level, the D-man has committed to Briercrest College (ACAC) for the 2020-21 season!
Russell, a stay at home defenceman, spent two seasons with the Kings. In that time he tallied two goals and 15 assists in 68 regular season contests. He was a dependable, hardworking player on the back end for the Kings during his time with the blue and white.
The product of Quesnel, BC says he's relieved to have this decision in the rear view mirror. "It’s a huge weight off my shoulders, being able to go into the summer with a plan already made is great as there was a lot of tough choices to come to this decision."
Russell says the choice to head west to Alberta was the right one when it came to picking Briercrest.
"Honestly just the way they held themselves. The coaching staff was very upfront and treated me every way a player wants to be treated. There was about 7 or 8 schools I had been in contact with, I just felt that the Briercrest program best suited myself. They have a great business program which I will be taking on, and the fact I can live at home and go to school just makes it that much better" he added.
There will lots of things Russell will miss when it comes to the Kings and Junior Hockey as a whole, however.
"I’m going to miss the guys the most. The bond formed over the last two seasons has been so surreal, but I’ll also miss the city of Dauphin a lot, it has become like a second home to me. The Kings program is top notch, it’s one of the best in the CJHL. You’re treated like a true professional, from the coaching staff right down to every single fan that comes into the building. You’re wanted and that’s all any hockey player wants is to go out and work their butt off for the team and the town night in night out. I just want to thank Doug and Mitch for the last two and a half years, my teammates, and the fans of the Kings I couldn’t have made it here without any of them."