The Kalkaska Rhinos have added more depth to their goaltending group with the recent signing of Devin Allen.
Allen, a 19-year-old from Grand Prairie, Alberta, played junior hockey last season in the KIJHL for the Nelson Leafs and hopes to fine-tune his game this season in Kalkaska.
“It’s not new for me practicing and working out every day and we play the same amount of games there as we do here, so the schedule and travel is something I’m used to,” Allen said. “My advisor told me about Kalkaska and their program, I was interested right away, and when I talked to Coach, Krzysztof Oliwa, he was willing to give me a chance and I took it. Being from Canada, you don’t hear about the USPHL very often, but when I heard about Kalkaska, I did my research and looked like an opportunity I could not pass up.
“This is my fifth time being away from home for hockey – something I’m used to – so it’s not hard moving in with a new family and getting to know them and feel at home.”
Allen is also excited to learn from a former pro and Stanley Cup champion in Oliwa.
“Well, obviously, it is something that you don’t get every day, but it is going to be cool to learn from him because he knows what it takes to play at that level,” said Allen. “I am just going to ask as many questions as I can and soak it all in.”
So what can the Rhinos fans expect out of Allen this season?
“I am very calm, cool, and collected in the net,” explained Allen. “I don’t try and overdo anything if I don’t have to. Efficiency in the net is a key to my game.”
Down the line, Allen has hopes to keep advancing his game, on and off the ice.
“My short-term goals are to play as best I can when I have the net,” said Allen. “I’m used to playing a lot of minutes, and it’s just going to take hard work and consistency to be where I want to be. My long-term goals are to get a scholarship somewhere and play as long and as high as I can. Just want to try and get better and better every year.”