Kash Henkelman joined the Swan Valley Tigers high school hockey team when he was in grade nine as an affiliated player. He joined the team full-time the next season and now, Kash is in grade 12 and he's playing his final season with the team.
While the next chapter of his life will begin in a few short months, Kash is certainly making the most of his time with his high school team. His favourite moment with the team so far was winning the Westman High School Hockey League's consolation championship last year. With his eyes now set on helping the team win the championship side title this year, Henkelman is doing everything he can to help the team achieve just that.
In 21 games this year, Kash has scored 27 times and he has 36 assists. His 63 points are the fourth-most in the league and he leads his Tigers team in offensive production. Henkelman's eight power-play goals are also tied for the second-most in the league and he has three shorthanded assists.
When asked how it feels to be having so much individual success, Kash is quick to give most of the credit to his linemates, Tucker Thompson, and Tyan Mykula.
"They have been great and we have been together pretty much all season," said Henkelman. "They are both really strong players, I really enjoy playing with them and it's great that we're having success. I'm just happy to help the team win at the end of the day, winning is what it is all about."
While Kash is enjoying great success individually, the team is also on fire this season. With 17 wins in their first 22 games, Swan Valley is in third place in the league standings, only behind Dauphin and Killarney. The Tigers play a pair of games to end the month on home ice as they battle Crocus Plains on Friday and Neepawa on Saturday.
As they prepare for those two games to wrap up the month, the Tigers will enter them as one of the hottest teams in the league. They have not lost since way back on November 19 as they have won 13 straight games. Their biggest win of the season came on November 26 when they dispatched Killarney, 5-2.
"Things have been going very well, we're looking to extend that lengthy win streak here this weekend," offered Henkelman. "It's always fun to win and we have a great group of guys, we all have a great bond together."
As of this posting, Swan Valley is six points back of Killarney, who plays Dauphin on Tuesday night at Credit Union Place.