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Daniel Dekoning

Goaltender - Briercrest College (ACAC)

 

 

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Daniel “Dan” Dekoning

Daniel Dekoning

Daniel Dekoning

Goaltender

 

Noteworthy info:

– Season 14/15, Daniel played for the Erie Otters with teammates like Connor McDavid, Dylan Strome & Travis Dermott.

– Was named the All-Conference All-Academic player award season 17-18 and 18-19.

– Dan was the first pick of the 8th round in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection

 

Daniel is a 6’3” goaltender that catches left. Dan uses his size, angles and visions to make it difficult for shooters to score. 

Before playing in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conferennce (ACAC), Dan played for both Erie Otters & Owen Sound Attack in the top junior hockey league in the world. the OHL. His third season in the OHL, Dan had an impressive 18-3-1 record playing for the Erie Otters alongside players such as Connor McDavid, Dylan Strome & Travis Dermott; eventually losing in the OHL finals. The following year Dan posted an 11-7-1 record with the Owen Sound Attack and teammate Nick Suzuki.

Dan is in his fourth year playing for the Briercrest Clippers. The past two years Dan has been named to the Second All-Conference team and last year was uniquely named captain to the Clippers for his leadership and poise on and off the ice.

 

Career Story

 

  Dan was the first pick of the 8th round in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection. 

Dan played his first two years of Junior Hockey for the Listowel Cyclones (Jr. B) in the GOJHL. Throughout his Junior career, Dan worked with Goaltending Coach Matt Smith who has 6 years of OHL coaching experience.

In the 2014-2015 season, Dan played for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League. Head coached by Kris Knoblauch and learned under Goaltending Coach, and long time NHL player, Martin Biron. Dan posted a team-high save percentage of .897, a GAA of 3.05 and a winning record of 18-3-1 (.818 winning percentage!). Dan and fellow teammates Connor McDavid (EDM), Alex Debrincat (CHI), Dylan Strome (CHI), Travis Dermott (Toronto Maple Leafs), and Kurtis MacDermid (LA Kings), lost in the final round of playoffs to the Memorial Cup Champions Oshawa Generals.

Dan was traded to a younger Owen Sound Attack team the following year, where he posted a record of 11-7-1. Dan’s goalie coach was Greg Redquest, who was also the goaltending coach of Stanley Cup winner Jordan Binnington. Dan won the Dan Snyder Memorial Award, awarded to the Attack player who always has a positive outlook in the dressing room. Dan and fellow teammate Nick Suzuki (MTL) lost in the first round of playoffs to an impressive London Knights team.

Since his first season in 2016-2017, Dan has been the starting Goaltender for his college team, Briercrest College of the ACAC. In both the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 season, Dan won the All-Conference All-Academic player award, given to players who have made either first or second All-Conference team (Top 3 Forwards, 2 Defensemen, 1 Goaltender), while keeping a minimum 3.70 GPA. Rarely having a night off, Dan has received an average of over 45 shots/game during the past two seasons while still posting a .901 and .903 save percentage. Dan has built a reputation of leadership for himself at Briercrest and was named Captain for the Clippers last season.

Dan is currently playing in his last year for Briercrest College and aims to play Pro Hockey in Europe next season.

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