KKD Villager March 2020

Go Kings Go! By Paul Mylemans

As February starts the Komoka Kings are fighting for playoff position in the GOJHL as they hope for similar hockey action and excitement as in the 2018-2019 playoffs where they took the regular season leader Leamington Flyers to 7 games before losing in the semi-final series. General Manager Roop Chanderdat made several changes to the Kings roster before the January roster freeze deadline that strengthened the team’s toughness, offensive play and puck stopping. The commitment and hockey knowledge of assistant coaches Colin Martin and Mike Reati compliment the behind the bench experience of head coach Ron Horvat in getting out the best in the players’ on-ice performance.

rookie players and ended 1 win away from a league finals, and learning from an excellent communicator in Ron Horvat”. Head Coach Ron Horvat has over 30 years of coaching experience including stops in the GOJHL in London, St. Thomas and Chatham before joining the Komoka Kings for the 2018-2019 season. He started his coaching career as a player/ coach for the Glasgow Eagles in Scotland. In addition to his junior and professional coaching resume, Ron has also worked extensively in minor hockey including being a coaching mentor for the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs and has worked with many respected players including nephew Bo Horvat who plays for the Vancouver Canucks. On this year’s Kings team Coach Ron says “This year has been a success for our organization. The kids have

Colin Martin is now in his second year with the Kings. He grew up in London and started his hockey with the London Junior Knights program. Played three and a half years with the London Knights of the OHL, winning the league title in 2012. He continued his hockey in the CIS playing for St Thomas

University for 4 years. After his university hockey Colin played 2 years in the ECHL for the Utah Grizzlies, Toledo Walleye and Wichita Thunder. Prior to and in-between periods Coach Martin can be seen taking a player or two aside and discussing specific game strategy and play reactions. Colin’s father is Bob Martin, the head of security for the OHL London Knights. Also returning as a second year assistant Mike Reati has extensive hockey background as a local player and teaching and coaching at the minor and high school level. He played junior hockey with the GOJHL St. Thomas Stars and in his first year was the team’s rookie of the year and nominated for the league all-rookie team as a forward and as a defenceman. Following his junior hockey career Mike attended UWO to pursue an academic career. In his years teaching at St. Andre Bessette High School in London Mike has led the Bulldogs to the OFSAA hockey finals the past three years. On last year’s Kings playoff run Coach Mike says “enjoyed watching the player development and player improvement that started with a large collection of

developed as players and young men. With the help of all our coaching, training staff , volunteers and the commitment of the players, the team continues to grow in the GOJHL”. The Kings final games of the season will dictate where the Kings will be in the standings and each and every one of the Kings players will give their utmost in winning games and points. The end of the season will also be the graduation from junior hockey for two stalwart defencemen, #4 D’Arcy Panziera and #8 Dowson Zheng who have been with the team for the three years in Komoka.

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written and compiled by Elizabeth A. Moyer

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