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Kings building for the future, sign five for next season

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Three members of the Parkland Rangers have committed to the Dauphin Kings for the 2021-22 season.
Goaltender Keaton Ziprick and defencemen Jayden Jubenvill and Hayden Lacquette each signed a letter of intent with the local junior A club for next season.
In the last two season with the Rangers, Ziprick has appeared in 51 games. Prior to the Manitoba AAA U18 Hockey League shutdown this season, Ziprick had a perfect record at 5-0, good enough for second overall in wins. He was also first overall in goals against average at 1.61 and third overall in save percentage at .944.
Ziprick is the first goaltender drafted by the Kings to join the club since 2012 when Brian Archibald joined the pride.
Chosen by the Kings in the sixth round (57th overall) of the 2018 Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) draft, Ziprick, a six foot, 205 pound native of Russell, is excited to be joining the team that drafted him three years ago.
“It’s pretty special. It’s a good organization and they’ve treated me well. I’ve had no complaints at all and being able to play a game with them last season, get the win and being with the guys was a pretty cool experience,” said Ziprick, referring to an Oct. 16, 2019 contest versus the Waywayseecappo Wolverines.
The then 16 year old entered the game in Waywayseecappo for an injured Matthias Smith with Dauphin down 3-2 in the second period.
He went on to help the Kings to a 6-5 overtime victory over the Wolverines.
“Just being able to be with the guys, I mean it was a pretty cool experience. All I remember is getting pretty nervous when Doug (Kings head coach and general manager Hedley) said I was going in,” Ziprick said.
“It was definitely not my best performance, but just being able to play in that high-caliber game it was definitely eye opening to what the future holds.”
Since hockey in Manitoba has been put on pause with COVID-19, Ziprick has been spending a lot of time at his outdoor rink in Russell.
“I've been just working on staying fit. We’ve been skating at our barn rink quite a bit and I’m just trying to stay active during the pandemic,” he said.
It is an approach Jubenvill has adopted, as well.
“Since the pandemic started I’ve been like most guys, just trying to stay active and on the ice,” Jubenvill said.
The six-foot, 176 pound Gilbert Plains product currently serves as Rangers captain and was sitting on three goals and six assists when play was halted this fall.
In the previous two seasons, Jubenvill had 16 goals and 29 assists in 88 outings and he is excited to make the jump to junior A hockey this fall.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to play with the Kings and move up a level in my hockey career,” he said.
“So hopefully I can show off my talent and crack the roster this upcoming season.”
Jubenvill was originally selected by the Kings 26th overall in the third round of the 2018 MJHL draft.
He says it will be a good fit with the familiarity considering he has played a lot of his hockey at Credit Union Place.
Familiarity is also a positive for local product Lacquette.
“It’s my hometown and I’m excited to play for the Kings. I’m looking to move my hockey career forward and maybe get a scholarship sometime down the road,” Lacquette said.
“I’ve been on the river in Vermillion Park lots since the pause of the season back in November.”
Prior to that pause, Lacquette had four goals and five assists in seven games. Over the last two seasons he netted 19 goals and 22 assists in 93 games.
The five-foot-10-inch, 165-pound Lacquette was an auto-protect of the Kings ahead of the 2018 MJHL draft.
He models his game after Brady Keeper of the Florida Panthers.
He is also a cousin of Mallard's Brigette Lacquette, who was recently invited to Team Canada's Women's Camp for the World Hockey Championship. Lacquette has learned a few things from his cousin along the way, noting she has given him some pointers on the defensive side of the puck.
The Kings also got signatures from a pair of U18 players from the Southwest Cougars.
Defenceman Nolan Wickham and forward Andrew Andries will join the Kings in 2021-22.
In the current season Wickham had three goals and two assists when things were paused.
In the previous season the Waskada product tallied seven goals and 19 assists in 46 games.
Drafted by the Kings in the fourth round (35th overall) of the 2018 MJHL Draft, the six-foot-two-inch, 179-pound Wickham likes to play at both ends of the rink.
“I’d say I’m a solid two-way defenceman. I’m reliable on the D side, but I can also contribute on the offensive side,” he said.
“My height has helped me for sure and I’ve been buffing up during the off seasons, so hopefully I can fit in well in the league.”
Wickham added he has a number of benchmarks to shoot for this fall.
“I want to get better every day, help contribute and ultimately advance to a higher level of hockey,” he said.
“It’s been my goal to make the Kings ever since I was drafted and it’s exciting to have the opportunity to do so.”
Andries has three assists so far this season. Last year he tallied seven goals and 14 assists in 48 games with the Cougars.
The five-foot-10 inch, 160 pound Killarney product considers himself an all round forward.
“I’m a two-way forward that likes to take care of his own end first. I like to go to the dirty areas. I’m a pass first kind of guy and I like to stick up for my teammates,” said Andries, who has been spending his time on his family’s outdoor rink.
“My brother and I have been using it quite a bit since we stopped playing. We’ve also got an at home gym here that we’ve been hitting up. I’m hoping to come into Dauphin and try and make a difference then maybe down the road I can get some schooling out of it, as well.”

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