Today the CJHL released the rosters for Team West and East for their 2012 Prospects Games in Digby and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia this weekend.. Vees forward Dexter Dancs was one of seven BCHL’ers named to the West roster for the two-game miniseries.
Listen to my interview with Dexter Dancs HERE
Though Dancs doesn’t have numbers that will jump-out at you, the 17 year-old has plenty of potential. As stated in the Vees press release, Dancs last year won the KIJHL Rookie of the Year award with the Osoyoos Coyotes. Dancs has the unique mix of both size ( 6’2 / 190) and skill that makes for good a power-forward. When I’ve asked Dancs who he patterns himself after, he’s quick to mention Rick Nash of the New York Rangers. Nash as you well know, is a big body with a dangerous set of mitts. Dexter has shown he’s good with his stick around the net, as both goals he’s scored have come within feet of the goal-line; crashing the net like power-forwards do.
There are similarities between Dancs and former Vee Curtis Loik. Both are the same type of forward, both hail from North Vancouver and both played for the Northwest Giants in the BC Major Midget League. No Dancs doesn’t have Loik’s frame and not many do but he patterns his game the same way. The way Dancs will have success in the BCHL is by using his body to gain separation and in turn space in the offensive zone. Dancs doesn’t have to put up big numbers to be effective either, as his size can cause problems for defenders and he potentially open up room for by drawing defenders away from his line-mates; bulldozer in a china shop as the expression goes.
Dancs will be leaving Thursday night for Halifax and will miss Friday’s and Saturday’s games against Merritt and Chilliwack. A loss for the Vees but a great experience for number nine.