Former Kimberley Dynamiters teammates gave Ryan Bennett insight that helped him decide joining the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League would be a good fit for him.
Bennett, a Cranbrook native, talked to Braiden Koran and Jackson Bohan, who told him positive things about the community and how close the team is. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s known as a winning organization. The Broncos have won seven Anavet Cup Championships going to the winner of the Saskatchewan and Manitoba Junior Hockey League. They have also won two national championships.
“It’s a big opportunity. I’ve wanted it for a long time to make that jump,” says Bennett. “I’m excited because I’ve been at home with the Dynamiters for the last couple years and looking forward to billeting somewhere.”
The Dynamiters played three games before the Provincial Health Office implemented a pause to Kootenay International Junior Hockey League play because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In those games, Bennett had two goals and three points. In his previous two seasons with the Dynamiters, he had five goals and 12 points in 45 games.
The Kimberley Bulletin reported that Bennett’s last two seasons have not been what he expected them to be. He was out for much of the 2019-20 season battling a shoulder injury and surgery. He was then asked to join his hometown team, the newly formed Cranbrook Bucks for 2020-21, but decided to stay with the Dynamiters.
“With the Bucks, it was a lot for me to come in, that was kind of my first time back playing and I believe that it suited me better to go back to Kimberley for this year, kind of get my confidence back, get my feet back under me,” Bennett told The Bulletin.
Bennett has continued to work hard in practise making sure he is ready for when the KIJHL season may resume. He’s done a lot to improve his work in the corners and near the net.
Bennett has enjoyed his time with the Dynamiters and having his parents around for support. His favourite memories are from the playoffs, in which he played 16 games during the 2018-19 playoffs.
“It’s crazy in the rink. Just the fans and the community when you are around town, it’s a whole different feeling,” says Bennett.
As for his time in the KIJHL, Bennett says, “it’s a great league.”
“It’s always fast hockey. You have to show up every night ready to play,” adds Bennett. “You don’t really get a night off. We have lots of practises and time together with the team. It brings the boys close every year and I’ve met a lot of great people through Kimberley.”