When the Dauphin Kings hit the ice on Friday evening to take on the Yorkton Terriers, Riese Gaber will not be in the lineup but come the regular season, Gaber will be a big part of the Kings team, as they head into their 50th season.

“I’m in really good shape, I trained in Brandon all summer, so I feel that was big for me, and I think I’m in the best shape I ever have been,” said Gaber. “I’m ready to get the season going, and I’m happy with how I feel.”

Last season, the Kings finished in 10th place in the MJHL with a 17-36-7 record, which was seven points out of a playoff spot.

“We have a good core that was here last year, and we all have a year under our belt,” said Gaber.  “We brought in a couple 20-year-olds along with the new guys coming up. I’m expecting big things; to definitely make the playoffs, so I’m excited to get it going.”

Gaber scored 32 points in 42 games last year, which put him in the fourth spot in team scoring, and the highest returning scorer.

“I more or so have team goals, the biggest is making the playoffs this year,” said Gaber. “I also have a personal goal of making Team Canada West outside of the Kings, but for now, I’m just focused solely on the Kings.”

When asked, Gaber was not sure if he will return to the lineup tomorrow evening when the Kings take on Yorkton, in Yorkton.