Ben Hackl is in good position to cap his junior hockey career in his hometown. The 20-year old forward has been obtained by the Dryden Ice Dogs of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League from the reigning champion Dauphin Kings of the Manitoba Jr. Hockey League.
The 5-foot-11, 185 pound Hackl was utilized as a shutdown forward for Dauphin in 2021-2022 and netted five goals, 18 assists, 23 points in 54 games, regular season and playoffs included for the MJHL champs.
Hackl actually played in five games for Dryden as an affiliate player back during the 2019-2020 season and had one goal, two assists, three points. He is a graduate of the reputable Kenora Thistles Under 18 program and tallied 47 goals in 114 games over three seasons there.
Now, in preparing to play the 2022-2023 season in Dryden for an Ice Dogs team that, along with the Kam River Fighting Walleye, is an early favourite to be an SIJHL championship contender, Hackl is happy to be home.
“It is something special for sure. I am happy to be home and put on an Ice Dogs jersey and hopefully help them win a championship,” Hackl told Hockey News North.
Hackl is familiar with Dryden coach and general manager Kurt Walsten, having played for him and the Ice Dogs as an AP three years ago.
“I liked playing for Kurt as a 16-year old. He gave me a chance then and now he is giving me the chance to come back home and play for him and the Ice Dogs again,” noted Hackl. “This is a great opportunity.”