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Where are they now? March 18, 2010


Salmon Kings Booster Club

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A scan of www.hockeydb.com indicates that 40 former Victoria Salmon Kings are still active players, with 27 in North American leagues and 13 overseas in Europe. Two defensemen, Shaun Heshka (San Antonio Rampage) and Travis Ramsey (Manitoba Moose) are patrolling AHL bluelines. Twelve exSalmon Kings are with other ECHL clubs. Olivier Labelle (Reading), Darryl Lloyd (Kalamazoo), Sean O'Connor (Ontario), Adam Huxley (Idaho), Dyan Yeo and Todd Ford (South Carolina), and Milan Gajic (Florida) provided Victoria fans with many memorable moments. The Central League has become home for ten exSalmon Kings. Goalie Alexandre Vincent and Jordie Benn skate with the Allen(Texas) Americans, and Shaun Landolt is on the wing with the Rio Grand Valley Killer Bees. Goalie Bryan Bridges is with the colourfully named Fayateville Fire Antz of the SPHL.

Overseas, Kiel McLeod has moved from Italy to the Austrian league, while Matt Kelly (Brunico) and Jordan Krestanovich (Cortina) play in Italy. Europeans who played with the Salmon Kings have returned to their home leagues---Daniel Rahimi (Sweden), Tomas Mika (Czech Republic) and Alexi Glukhov (Russia). Hockey Night In Britain is a reality to Ryan Finnerty (Cardiff Devils), Ryan Jorde (Hull Stingrays) and Simon Lambert (Edinburgh Capitals). Germany's 2nd Division is home to the third largest contingent of former Salmon Kings with six. Ash Goldie has moved south from Denmark to the Ravensburg Tower Stars while goalie Jonathan Boutin has found a spot with the Lausitz Foxes.

Three players from the Salmon Kings early years have joined the coaching ranks. Brad Cook is the coach of the Jr B Saanich Braves, Dale Purinton has become the bench boss of the BCHL Cowichan Valley Capitals and Brad Dexter is an assistant coach in US college hockey with Colgate.

In conclusion, this brief look shows the diversity of options that players choose as they pursue careers in the various levels of professional hockey.

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