A late cut by the Battlefords North Stars in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, Princeton Posse rookie forward Daniel Thiessen will join the La Ronge Ice Wolves for the 2022-23 season.
The Sherwood Park, Alberta product got a taste of the SJHL and playing in La Ronge, while playing with the North Stars on Sept. 30. Thiessen said getting the opportunity for next year is “definitely awesome.”
“I got to see what that is like too. It was pretty cool,” he says of the Ice Wolves home ice at the Mel Hegland Uniplex.
Thiessen, who will be joined by close friend and Posse teammate Anmol Garcha with the Ice Wolves, spoke with Head Coach Kevin Kaminski and the club’s head scout learning more about the community and how the team always does activities together such as ice fishing and snowmobiling.
After missing some time with an injury, Thiessen made his Posse debut on Oct. 23 with a two-goal, three point performance. In nine games, he has six points. The 6-2,200 pound forward has felt pretty good about his play.
“I like to think of myself as sort of like Tom Wilson (Washington Capitals), a bigger guy that can throw some hits,” said Thiessen. “I’ve also got decent skills and pretty good skating ability.”
Thiessen has been building his confidence and getting back to his playing style that brings him success. With the support of the Posse’s coaching staff, who have given him leeway allowing him to find his groove, has helped Thiessen become a better player. Thiessen joined the Posse because of his friends as they thought it would be fun to keep playing together.
“As soon as I got there, the team was awesome,” he said. “We have a great group of guys.”
Thiessen has been impressed by the quality of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, which he is confident will help him make a successful transition to Junior A.
“I’d say and I’ve heard it’s probably the best Junior B league in Canada,” said Thiessen. “There is a lot of compete and that is what you need to get to the next level. I know a lot of guys are doing that.”
The Ice Wolves have three KIJHL players on their roster.