When Canadian Interuniversity Sport released their men's hockey all-star team rosters Wed., Mar. 22, it was disappointing to see a lack of Dinos names gracing the first- and second-team lists. However, Jarret Lukin and Travis Friedley were both named to the all-rookie team.
Lukin may have been fresh to the Dinos and CIS scenes, but he definitely has all the hockey experience he needs under his belt. The forward put in 312 games in the WHL on the Kamloops Blazers and Medicine Hat Tigers before joining the Dinos this season.
With the Dinos, Lukin's seven goals and 20 assists were good enough to make him second highest in points amongst Canada West conference rookies. He was 10th overall in the conference for scoring.
Friedley, too, has some WHL experience, having played on the Swift Current Broncos for two seasons. After his time on the Broncos, Friedley hopped into the AJHL for two years with the Camrose Kodiaks before joining the Dinos. He was AJHL Player of the Year in 2005.
This season on the Dinos, Friedley led rookie defensemen in scoring with five goals while passing for 12 assists.
With this kind of talent just starting out with the Dinos, there's no telling how many times they'll take down the wretched University of Alberta Golden Bears--who've knocked the Dinos out of playoffs for nine straight years--over the next few years.