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Hobbs to return for fifth season


The Dauphin Kings received some good news last week.
Reigning Manitoba Junior Hockey League MVP Grady Hobbs will return to the Pride for a fifth season after leading the league last year with 43 goals.
“I spoke with RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) lots when I made the decision and they were great. They were totally supportive, understanding and treated me well in the process,” Hobbs said on the team’s website.
“I’m really excited. I know there’s going to be a lot of guys back in Dauphin. We’ll have a great core group and I’m looking forward to returning.”
Should the MJHL play a full season and Hobbs can stay healthy, he will become the all-time leader in games played for the local team. He is currently fifth on that list with 224 games to his credit. He trails former teammate Brendan Arnold (234), Shane Luke (241), Kyle Lopez (242) and T.J. Warkentin (252).
Hobbs is also set to become just the third player in team history to play five seasons with the Kings, joining Owen Connolly and Warkentin.
Kings head coach and general manager Doug Hedley is excited to have the Deloraine product back in the fold.
“It’s great news for us. Obviously, having one of our top guys back is going to create a lot of excitement in town. And Grady being such a special player, to see him one more time in a uniform and wearing our crest is going to be fantastic,” he said.
“He’s a player that practices how he plays. He never takes a shift off and has a fantastic attitude. He’s very coachable and wants to get better all the time.”
Hobbs will attend RIT after finishing his junior career with Dauphin.
The Kings also announced a partnership with Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival (CNUF) to host Ukrainian Night, Nov. 21, when the Kings host the Swan Valley Stampeders.
Kings director of business operations Christian Laughland said on the Kings’ website the team is pleased to have this partnership in place.
“Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival is an important economic driver in the city of Dauphin and we’re hoping we can help each other out when it comes to raising funds for both organizations,” he said.
“We’d also like to thank Ryan Rauliuk, a huge supporter of CNUF, for being a key piece in making this game what it is today.”
All proceeds raised from the evening will be split between the Kings and CNUF.
“CNUF is very excited to be partnering with the Dauphin Kings for Ukrainian Night. It’s the best of both worlds, hockey and celebrating the Ukrainian culture. We are looking forward to November’s game and offering some Ukrainian entertainment, music and vendors,” said CNUF president Kayla Gillis on the team’s website.
Once again, the Kings will wear special Ukrainian style jerseys, with Laughland noting they are working with a local artist to design the jersey.

Staff Writer