Any hockey team at any level can forge a path of success by having a dependable, winning goalie. Based on that, the Timmins Majors midgets have a head start on the 2018-2019 season.
To that extent, Dylan Dallaire, arguably the best goalie in the Great North Midget Hockey League in 2017-2018 as a 2001 birth year rookie, is returning to the Timmins midgets for a second season in 2018-2019, Hockey News North has confirmed.
A Timmins product, the 6-foot, 160-pound Dallaire played an outstanding role in the Majors overachieving, turnaround season of 2017-2018.
Regular season and playoffs included, Dallaire had a record of 12-12-0 with a 3.32 goals against average. Notably, when Dallaire wasn’t in net, Timmins had a record of 4-12-1.
Dallaire was at his best in the first round of last spring’s playoffs when the fifth-place Majors upset the fourth-place Soo Greyhounds in two straight games in a series that included an overtime road triumph for Timmins in which the youngster was the difference maker.
Timmins head coach Brandon Perry, who as a rookie bench boss, led the Majors rebound season of 2017-2018 after they won only two games in all of 2016-2017, will be looking for more of the same from Dallaire come the 2018-2019 campaign.
Perry certainly knows what the Majors have in Dallaire.
“First of all we are extremely excited to have DD returning,” Perry told Hockey News North. “We strongly believe we have the best goaltender in the league and he was arguably one of the best last season and I’m sure a lot of opposing coaches would agree. I think the easiest thing to do is look at how he played against Soo in the first round of playoffs. Yes, he was outstanding but he did that all year for us.”
Perry made a point of noting that what Dallaire has to offer goes beyond his talent.
“On top of being an exceptional talent, he’s a good teammate and a good kid,” Perry said of Dallaire. “He had opportunities to play junior this upcoming season but he made it very clear to us he that wanted to be part of our group and that means the world to us as coaches.
“He’s the type of kid you want all your players to be like,” Perry added in further praise of Dallaire. “He is hard working, he takes a lot of pride in his game and takes a lot of pride in being a Timmins Major.
“You don’t have to tell Dylan when he had a rough night — which rarely happened — you can just see the look on his face and you know nothing has to be said,” Perry continued. “I am extremely confident with him back there.”
And Perry strongly feels as though there is a good future for Dallaire ahead of the upcoming 2018-2019 season with the Timmins midgets.
“Dylan has an extremely bright future ahead of him and I’m just fortunate that I’ve had the opportunity to play a small part in his career,” Perry said evenly.
Meanwhile, Perry, a young coach with such passion for the game, said he can’t wait for the start of the 2018-2019 season, even while taking in the hot, hazy, humid weather that has blanketed northeastern Ontario.
“I am excited to get started in August (when training camp begins) and build on what we started last season,” Perry emphasized.
To be sure, the Majors are in good hands with the 29-year old Perry — who is a Timmins native — at the helm.
Perry, who played for the Majors as a 15-year old and was team captain, has a background of achievement.
After graduating from the Timmins midgets, Perry played three full seasons as a forward with the Kingston Voyageurs of the Ontario Jr. Hockey League before a four-year career with the Queen’s University Golden Gaels.
After graduating from prestigious Queen’s, Perry played at the minor pro level before returning home to Timmins to utilize his university degree in the work force.
Perry took over behind the bench of the Timmins midgets last fall and in his first season in the Great North loop, earned coach-of-the-year honours while being ably assisted by Derick Martin, Darren Thib and Trevor McGee with Doug Cheechoo overseeing the operations as general manager.
Now, with a hopeful continuance for success and development of the Major midget program in Timmins, Ron Holmes has stepped up to take over as GM from Cheechoo, due to the job commitments of the latter.
And on the ice, ahead of the 2018-2019 campaign, the Timmins midgets have established net worth with the return of the aforementioned Dallaire between the pipes.
The puck stopped in Timmins with Dallaire last season.
And with a number of seasoned defensemen slated to return in 2018-2019 along with a compliment of forwards that Perry as coach is working on putting in place, the process figures to continue in Timmins.
“It is all about maintaining a good, credible midget hockey program,” summed up Perry.
PHOTO: Goalie Dylan Dallaire is returning to the Timmins Majors for a second season.