With the off-season having arrived early for all teams in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL), preparations have begun for the 2021-22 season and Doug Hedley continues to be a busy man.

After committing a couple of Parkland Rangers not long ago, Dauphin has committed Lucas Hand of St. Louis Park, Minnesota as the young man has signed his letter of intent.

Lucas says getting this opportunity is one that really excites him.

"I've been in Minnesota my whole life, so I'm really excited to move to Dauphin and I'm happy I'll be playing the game I love in a great league," said Hand. "Dauphin seems like a great place and the fans really embrace the team."

Hand says he's a two-way playmaker who has great ice vision. He's currently playing with his hometown St. Louis Park Orioles and he's dominating the league. He's scored 10 goals and added 16 assists in just 10 games. 

"The season has been going good. We've only lost two games, they were very close and to our rivals but we've been doing really well," said Hand. I'm just glad to be back on the ice"

Lucas missed all of last season after undergoing hip surgery that sidelined him for more than six months. As we now look forward to next season, Lucas plans on doing anything he can to help Dauphin win a league title.

"My goal is to make an immediate impact. I'm a really hard worker," ended Hand. "I'm not going in expecting for anything to be handed to me, I plan on earning every single minute."