Don’t let his size fool you. A heady defenceman, who sees the ice extraordinarily well and is blessed with all the tools to make Mr. Liwiski a dominating defenceman for the Kings in a few seasons. The 5’7” left handed defenceman has the poise and playmaking skills to be an asset player in the MJHL for years to come.
It’s safe to say that David and Nicole Liwiski have been on the road for their share hockey games in the past few winters following Andrew and his younger brother Mark.
Mark, in all likelihood, will be an auto protect for the Kings in the 2016 MJHL Bantam draft. The two brothers bring a lot to the table as the Kings brass see it.
“Mark is a forward who has a bit more sandpaper to his game. While Andrew, on the backend makes excellent passes in all three zones and is a very heady player. We have watched Andrew develop here in the past two seasons and he has come a long way. He is capable of playing in all situations. He is continuing to grow and mature. He has all the potential for a very strong and successful Junior A career. He’s shown us he’s willing to put in the work both on and off the ice,” boasts GM and Head Coach Marlin Murray.
Andrew is coming off a season playing AAA Midget hockey with the Parkland Rangers. The 15 year old defenceman had nine points including 2 goals in his rookie campaign. Injuries hampered the young blue liner a bit in his first AAA midget season.
“His numbers don’t really reflect the importance of a player he was and is for that program. They used veteran players in key situations for the most part of the season and for him to get a year under his belt with excellent coaching should boost his numbers in his second season with the Rangers”, explains Murray.
As a resident of Dauphin Liwiski reflects back on watching the Kings as he grew up in the city of sunshine.
“Steven Shamanski was my favorite player. He was a winner. A captain of an MJHL and Anavet Cup Championship team and he went on to play Division 1 NCAA with Providence Friars. He eventually became the Captain there as well. So obviously he must have learned a lot under the guidance of the coaches here with the Kings. It would be such an honour to pull on the Kings jersey and play for my hometown. I idolized these guys as a young kid. They have done a great job with all the banners they have earned and they are always competitive playing for division and league titles” Andrew says with a glowing smile.
Andrew’s other interests besides hockey are lacrosse and golf. His favorite player, team and number all ties in as he cheers for the Montreal Canadiens, while 76 and PK Subban are his favorite number and player respectively. Navy is his favorite color and Dumb and Dumber is his favorite movie.
Steak or Chicken – Chicken
Country or Rock -Rock
Coke or Pepsi – Pepsi
Magazine or Book – Book
Golfing or Lake – Golfing
Call or Text – Text
iPhone or Blackberry – Blackberry
Burger or Hot dog – Burger
TSN or Sportsnet – TSN
You can come and see Andrew in action at the Dauphin Kings Fall Main camp held Sept 3rd to Sept 6th. The intra-squad game known as the “Jofo Cup” will be held Sunday Sept 6, 2015 at 7:00 at the beautiful Credit Union Place in Dauphin, MB.
Next Wednesday’s “Local Lion” will be Grandview’s Branden Storey.