Besides the JoFo Cup, Sunday night's game was the first one that Koby Morrisseau played in since March 10 when he was a member of the Portage Terriers. Morrisseau and the Terriers' dropped that game in double-overtime.
Now, the native of Tootinaowaziibeeng First Nation which is just outside of Grandview is back with his home region junior team and he's off to quite the start. After sitting out the team's first preseason win against Swan Valley, Morrisseau suited up and played on the first line on Sunday and he played a major role in the Club's dominating win over Neepawa.
He scored one goal and added four assists in the 8-3 win. On top of that, Morrisseau also dropped the gloves and easily handled Corbin Mariash.
"It was definitely a great start and it just felt great to get back on the ice in a game," offered Morrisseau. "I couldn't have done that without the guys, I fed off their energy and we were able to get it done."
Koby played on a line alongside last year's MVP in Grady Hobbs and Austin Lamotte. From start to finish, the line completely dominated the game and they combined for 13 points at the end of the evening.
"We were communicating really well together and we all have speed so we were using that," he said.
Morrisseau didn't skate the first two days of Kings' main camp which took place from September 18-20. Koby has played in 34 combined MJHL regular season and playoff games and he's scored 17 goals and added 24 assists in that time. In his 89 Western Hockey League games, he scored eight goals and had 10 assists.
Now after that stellar performance on Sunday, Morrisseau will hit the ice once again with the team on Monday afternoon as the team continues to prepare for Portage on Wednesday and of course, their home opener which will be played on Friday, October 9 against the Waywayseecappo Wolverines. This season will be Koby's final one as a junior player as he will graduate and he's looking to go out with a bang individually and team-wise as well.
"I would say I've set my expectations pretty high for the season, I want to make a difference," he offered. "With that being said, it's all about what the team is doing, that's the most important thing. I'm just happy to be back on the ice playing the game I love, it's a great feeling."
Outside the rink:
Hockey is a passion of Koby's and everything that goes on inside the rink is extremely important to him as he gets ready to write one more chapter in his junior hockey book. Outside the rink, he's now a father.
Luca James Morrisseau was born three months ago and he continues to grow every day. Becoming a father is certainly a big change for Koby which has included many sleepless nights in the past three months, but it has certainly been all worth it.
"It's completely amazing. I honestly can't even describe the feeling, it's such a great thing," said Morrisseau. "Just waking up knowing I'm going to see his little smile every day, that's what it's all about. He makes every day a great day for me and I love every minute of being a father."
Back in the rink, Koby is looking forward to becoming closer with each of his teammates as the team looks to make noise in the 2020-2021 season which as noted above, will begin on Friday, October 9. You can check out a full broadcast schedule at Dauphin Kings hockey and the Parkland Source for Sports pregame show gets underway 15 minutes prior to puck drop with Darnell Duff.