KKD Villager Jan:Feb 2020

Komoka Kings by Paul Mylemans

Midway in the 2019-2020 season the Komoka Kings are fighting for wins and playoff position. Last season stalwarts such as Dario Beljo with 19 goals and 18 assists for 27 points in 28 games, Luc Arsenault, Jacob Rochford and Cameron Welch have continued to lead in Kings scoring. Defenceman Dowson Zheng with 4 goals and 13 assists for 17 points is the leading defensive side point getter. Will Lewis leads the rookies with 5 goals and 6 assists. Dowson Zheng also anchors the defence along with last season returnees Griffin St. Onge, Spencer Lapointe and Jacob Howard. Goalie Nathan Young has seen most of the action in the Kings net and is second in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League in saves. To augment the team depth, management has added some new scoring, defensive and goaltending support. Forward Russell Oldham was acquired from the St. Thomas Stars as well as defenceman Connor Federkow. Tylor Lovie a London native who last year played for the Mt. Brydges Bulldogs and this season with the Cochrane Crunch of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, and Rahul Bola a goalie who is from North York and played for the Hearst Lumberjacks also of the NOJHL, joined the team in November. The Kings are fortunate to have a couple of strong Minor Hockey AAA programs in the area for the times the team needs a fill in for a regular unable to play. Several highly touted AAA Midget players have been called up by the Kings from both the Elgin- Middlesex Chiefs and the London Junior Knights programs. This gives them added exposure as they approach the annual OHL midget draft time. In addition to providing competitive and exciting junior hockey to the community, Komoka Kings also work with community partners for special events. November 9th the Kings held the annual Veterans remembrance appreciation night with all veterans having free admission. WW II navy veteran Eddie Rhodes, along with veterans Ed Bond and Vic Arsenault participated in the game’s ceremonial puck drop. The Spa Date business located at 22499 Jefferies Road in Kilworth sponsored the local schools food bank and toy drive at the November 23rd game with all children admitted free. Also at the November 23rd game were students and staff of École secondaire Gabriel- Dumont which is the school that Kings Hockey TV announcer Dylan Baker attends. And on December 3rd the Komoka Kings worked with Komoka Foodland in celebrating Foodland’s First

Anniversary in Komoka. Nearly 500 fans attended the game which was sponsored by Foodland, including a draw for an authentic Toronto Maple Leafs jersey autographed by former Leaf Darcy Tucker. Disappointedly the Kings couldn’t return the favour as the visiting St. Mary’s Lincolns won the game. All Kings home games are at the beautiful Komoka Wellness Centre with a 7:15 pm puck drop. After a short Christmas break the Kings will see home action on Saturdays January 4th, 11th and 25th, and Thursday, January 16th.

Josh Morgan is a regular contributor to the Hyde Park-Oakridge Villager Magazine, currently serving his second term as Councillor for Ward 7. He resides in the Hyde P at Western University where he completed a Combined Honours Degree in Econo Local Government). He is the Recruitment and Development Officer for Western Uni If you have a question, comment or issue you would like to discuss, email or call Cell phone: 226-927-0395 Phone: 519-661-2500 Ext. 4007 Email: joshmorgan@london.ca Councillor’s Office at 519-661-5095

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