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National Lacrosse League draftee has ties to Dauphin

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When the National Lacrosse League held its annual draft, Sept. 17, a player with Dauphin connections was selected.
Kelson Borisenko, whose mother is Brenda Bicklmeier, was chosen in the fourth round, 64th overall by the Saskatchewan Rush.
Saskatchewan’s team governor is former Dauphinite Al Ryz.
Borisenko, who plays defence, started playing lacrosse when he was eight years old.
“It’s a little bit of a different sport. Growing up, my parents were never big into sports, so I never played traditional hockey. Even at 23, I don’t really know how to skate,” he said, adding his first experience with lacrosse was watching one of his friends play.
Borisenko developed his skills to the point where he received a scholarship to the University of Manhatten, which is where he was playing when he was drafted.
Borisenko watched the NLL while growing up and one of his good friends, Luc Magnan, was the first Manitoban to ever be drafted into the league.
“So I always watched him growing up. He kind of paved the path for Manitobans in a sense,” he said.
Getting drafted means all the years of hard work paid off, and not only for himself.
“Everything that my family has done, from helping me go away for my Grade 12 year of high school to Toronto to finish high school at a prep school. And there’s all the sacrifices that my family made along with myself. And I think it’s all just been a combination of all the hard work that everybody has put in,” Borisenko said.
“That’s what it means to me and means to my family.”
Borisenko was able to watch the draft online with some family and friends.
“And then finally hearing my named called, it was exciting. And just knowing that it’s a new journey and I’ve just got to keep working,” he said.
Ryz called Borisenko the day after the draft and through their conversation learned they both had a connection to the City of Sunshine.
Borisenko still has family in Dauphin and visits about few times a year while travelling to the family cottage in the Duck Mountains near Swan River.
“Whenever we come through, we always stop in Dauphin. And even for Christmas, sometimes now and then, especially growing up. We’d always go to Dauphin for Christmas at my grandpa’s place,” he said.
The NLL season typically begins in late December and continues for three or four months. But this season has been postponed until the beginning of April, with training camp in mid-March.

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Doug Zywina
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