This past week, the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Portage Terriers and Dauphin Kings put their heads together on a four-player deal, which saw three members of the Kings head to Portage, while one Terrier player went to Dauphin, alongside future considerations.
Officially, the trade was 2000-born defenceman Cole DeKoninck, 2002-born forwards Dylan Winsor and Noah Wagner from Dauphin to Portage in exchange for 2000-born defenceman Layne Toder and Future Considerations. The deal gives Portage some youth and brings DoKoninck and Winsor closer to their hometowns, while providing Dauphin with a highly-talented, veteran blueliner in the process.
Toder, 20, is a product of Elkhorn, who primarily played his junior hockey within the Western Hockey League over the past three seasons. Suiting up in 164 games with the Calgary Hitmen, the six-foot, 185-pound defender put up five goals, 27 points and 114 penalty minutes, to go alongside three assists and 11 penalty minutes in nine postseason contests. In 88 career games within the MJHL, Toder has 12 goals, 45 points and 85 total penalty minutes.
DeKoninck, also 20, has spent the past two years within the MJHL, playing in a leadership role on the Kings. In 113 games with Dauphin, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound defenceman has 32 goals, 99 points and 128 penalty minutes, to go alongside four goals, four points and six postseason penalty minutes. Already settled in with Portage, DeKoninck has two goals and 12 penalty minutes in his two games with his new squad.
Next up are 18-year-old forwards who have joined the Terriers after five games of the 2020-21 season in Dauphin. Noah Wagner of Winnipeg, and Dylan Winsor of Ear Falls, ON. will look to help kickstart the offence in Portage following illustrious minor hockey careers. Wagner played three seasons with The RINK Hockey Academy, scoring 40 goals, 122 points and 276 penalty minutes in 141 games. While Winsor skated with the Dryden Ice Dogs the past two seasons, putting up 27 goals, 62 points and 133 penalty minutes in 109 SIJHL games.