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Kings Report A Loss After A Tough Year


In a year which saw them play just six games, the Dauphin Kings reported a loss of $7,885 at their annual general meeting held virtually, June 21.

The local junior A hockey team reported revenues of $321,151 and expenses of $329,036.

The biggest money maker came from fund-raising, which increased from $207,486 in 2020 to $255,488 in 2021, largely due to the success of the tractor lotto.

The largest expense was in salaries and benefits, which totaled $103,724. Other large expenses were $44,885 for administrative, $45,132 for advertising and $38,410 for equipment.

The team’s overall debt now sits at approximately $82,000.

Kings president Ashley Shaw said it was a tough year in all aspects.

“A $7,800 loss for our team, but at the end of the day, we still think we did pretty good. We had tremendous support form the community with our sponsorship and our season ticket holders and we’re very fortunate for that,” she said. “Last season just wasn’t what we wanted at all, in any type of scenario. But we’re just looking forward to the next season to start.”

Next up for the Kings is the annual Par 3 Extravaganza, Aug. 14, at the Dauphin Lake Golf Course. Then the focus will shift to the team’s hockey school, Aug. 16 to 20, which currently has 34 players registered.

“Right now, we are taking registrations for that and hoping that it will be a go,” Shaw said.

Training camp will be held, Sept. 3 to 5.

The Kings are still in the hiring process for the marketing position.

There were two changes to the board of directors, with Hector Paulhus resigning, while Ryan Gardner was added.

“We have a great board. We’re sad to see Hector go. He was a great part of our board, as well. But we’re really fortunate that he’s still going to take in helping with some fund-raisers,” Shaw said. “Ryan joining the board, he’s just a great asset to have, so we’re very happy. But everyone who is part of the board, we just really have a fantastic group.”

The Kings continue to build towards next season with the signings of two players.

Towering defenceman Marc-Antoine Houde, a six-foot, five-inch, 216-pound native of Sainte-Croix, Que., joins the team after last playing for The Hill School in the United States High School Preparatory, where he scored once and added six assists in 20 games in 2019-20.

The Kings also signed six-foot, four-inch, 225-pound forward Tanner Brouwer of Pine City, Minn. Brouwer played 21 games with the St. Thomas Academy high school team, last season, scoring 13 goals and 10 assists.

Doug Zywina