By Lance Doucet, Dinos Communications
September 7, 2013, CALGARY – With the 2013-14 CIS hockey season about to get underway, University of Calgary men’s hockey coach Mark Howell announced Thursday the addition of four more bodies to fill out the roster.
The Dinos hit the ice for non-conference play this weekend with a pair of dates against the Alberta Golden Bears in Banff, Alta. The puck drops at 7 p.m. Friday night and 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon at the Banff Recreation Centre.
Those two games are preludes to a special event Monday, when the Dinos will face the Calgary Flames Prospects in an exhibition game at Winsport’s Markin MacPhail Centre. The puck drops at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9 for that game. Tickets are on sale at www.godinos.com, with a portion of the proceeds supporting men’s hockey scholarships at the University of Calgary.
Since the Dinos last took to the ice, several changes have taken place. In the coming weeks, Calgary will be debuting new jerseys, coaches and of course players. With so many changes, Howell and company will be looking for both new and returning players to step up.
“We are happy with our recruiting class,” shared Howell. “Overall it is a big class that adds some more competitiveness to our team. I think that alone will help us because guys have a lot of pride and want to be in the line-up and be contributors.”
The latest additions to the roster includes three former Western Hockey League (WHL) forwards as well as a goaltender. This summer, Howell has brought in a total of 12 new faces: eight forwards, three defencemen and one netminder.
Dylan Walchuk • 5’10” 170 Ibs. • Forward • McBride, B.C. • Spokane (WHL)
A player who got to live every kid’s dream a week ago, Dylan Walchuk will be relied upon to be a key member of the Calgary offence this season.
The forward became one of the best stories of the summer when he was invited to join Team Canada’s Olympic Orientation camp. In a ball-hockey walkthrough, the newest Dino found himself in a locker room with Canada’s best and on a line with the Edmonton Oilers’ Taylor Hall and Carolina Hurricanes’ Jordan Staal.
Walchuk comes to the Dinos after two seasons in the WHL with the Spokane Chiefs. After a 24-point season in 2011-12, the McBride B.C. native more than doubled his totals with 58 points last year. Walchuk also spent part of the 2011-12 season at Northern Michigan University in the NCAA where he collected eight points. Before going to the U.S. for school, he played in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) where he won back-to-back league titles from 2010-2011 as well as the RBC Cup as National Junior ‘A’ champs in 2010.
Coach Howell: “Dylan is speedy, creative, skilled centreman, which is something we needed. He gives us another legitimate top-six forward.”
Adam Kambeitz • 6’0″ 196 Ibs. • Forward • Coaldale, Alta. • Seattle (WHL)
After a whirlwind 2012-13 season that saw him dress for three different WHL clubs, Adam Kambeitz will set-up camp this year at the University of Calgary.
Kambeitz began last season with the Red Deer Rebels where he was the captain and a fan favorite. Following a rough start to the season by the Rebels and the acquisition of another 20-year old player, he was traded to the Saskatoon Blades. While the Coaldale, Alberta product put up solid numbers in the Bridge City, he was once again traded, this time at the WHL trade deadline, to Seattle Thunderbirds. Kambeitz ended his final year of junior with 14 goals and 25 assists in 72 contests.
In 330 career WHL games, Kambeitz collected 133 points, including 58 goals. Kambeitz is known as someone who can be tough to play against and can play in all situations. He was invited to the Phoneix Coyotes training camp in 2011.
Coach Howell: “Adam has a great work ethic, he is tenacious player who will go to the dirty areas but can also play with skill.”
Jordan Messier • 6’2″ 195 Ibs. • Forward • Canmore, Alta. • Moose Jaw (WHL)
A name enriched in hockey history will find its way onto a Dinos’ jersey this fall as Jordan Messier, the second cousin of Mark Messier, takes his talents to the Calgary.
After four years spent with the WHL’s Tri-City Americans, Messier spent the majority of the 2012-13 campaign with the Moose Jaw Warriors following an early season trade. In 62 combine games with the Americans and Warriors, the winger recorded 10 goals and six assists.
Messier finished his WHL career with 86 goals and 90 assists in 326 games. The Canmore, Alberta native comes in with 58 games of playoff experience from the WHL. While in Tri-City, he was teammates with fellow Calgary recruit Drydn Dow. Messier was also invited to the Columbus Blue Jackets training camp in 2010.
Coach Howell: “Jordan is a big strong right-shot winger, who has proven he can play in different roles and score.”
Myles Hovdebo • 6’1″ 174 Ibs. • Goaltender • Swift Current, Sask. • La Ronge (SJHL)
Originally scheduled to play for Selkirk College, Myles Hovdebo jumped at the opportunity to play for the University of Calgary.
With long-time Dinos’ netminder Dustin Butler graduating last spring, the door opened for Hovdebo to make the shift to the CIS. The Swift Current, Saskatchewan born goaltender wrapped up his junior career last season with the La Ronge Ice Wolves in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. In 44 games, he compiled a record of 17-21-2 with a 3.39 goals-against average and a .914 save-percentage. Hovdebo also finished atop the league in shots faced and saves.
In three seasons with the Ice Wolves, Hovdebo compiled a 44-30-4 mark with a 3.18 goals-against average and a .910 save-percentage. He was a part of the La Ronge squad that won the SJHL title in 2011. Hovdebo will compete for time between the pipes with Calgary’s returning goaltenders Jacob DeSerres and Kris Lazaruk.
Coach Howell: “Myles is a great character kid with a good work ethic. He wants to push our other guys for playing time.”