A busy week of commitments has continued for the Dauphin Kings as we head into the weekend.
On Friday, two players signed their Letter of Intent for next season and both come from the Southwest Cougars in Andrew Andries and Nolan Wickham. Both played eight games with the Cougars this season before the campaign was put on pause in November and hockey activities remain suspended in the province.
Wickham had three goals and two assists when things stopped. In the previous season, the Waskada product tallied seven goals and 19 assists in 46 contests. He was originally drafted by the Kings in the 4th round (35th overall) of the 2018 MJHL Draft.
Nolan says he prides himself on his play at both ends of the ice.
"I would say I'm a solid two-way defenceman. I'm reliable on the D side but I can also contribute offensively as well," said Wickham. "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."
As he continues to prepare for camp in the fall with Dauphin, Wickham's goal is to improve every day. He says making the Kings is his ultimate goal.
"Ever since the organization drafted me, I've been thinking about it all the time," he continued. "It's what I want and I will do anything to make this team."
He had three assists this season when it was put on pause and last year, he scored seven times and added 14 assists. From Killarney, Andrew loves to score, but play on his own end is something he focuses on.
"I'm a two-way forward that likes to take care of his own end first," offered Andries. "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."
Although he can't be with his teammates at his time, Andrew says he's been staying sharp on his family's outdoor rink alongside his brother.
"We've also got an at-home gym here that we've been using a lot," said Andries. "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."