Klim Georgiev’s first practice with the Kings was back on October 21 and now more than a month later, the native of Toronto has now played 13 games with the team, scoring twice and adding five assists.
Klim started his season with the Cowichan Valley Capitals of the British Columbia Hockey League before coming to Dauphin and he’s been a welcomed addition to the team’s back end and has been put in every situation possible from on the man advantage to on the penalty kill and everything in between.
Klim’s last full season was in the 2019-20 campaign when he suited up for the Toronto Jr. Canadiens of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. He had 24 points, seven of which were goals across 48 games and he also racked up 115 penalty minutes. And while living in a small community is a new experience for Georgiev, he’s really enjoying it.
“It’s been a great time so far, Dauphin has surprised me,” said Georgiev. “When you think of a medium-sized town in Manitoba, I didn’t really think much of it but it’s a beautiful place and I’ve liked what I have seen so far.”
Heading into last week’s showcase, Klim had one goal to his name but he added to that by scoring his biggest goal as a King, the game-winner against the Winnipeg Blues on Wednesday afternoon. The win moved the team’s winning streak to six games at the time and they are now winners of eight straight and Dauphin is the only team in the league with 20 wins.
“It was a good feeling to get that one. I’m just happy that the team rallied to win that game,” said Georgiev.
Klim also shared a special moment with two Kings Superfans over the weekend. After a thrilling 4-3 overtime win against the Portage Terriers, Georgiev joined Areta and Jim Kozar of Ethelbert for a photo. It was one that the Kozar’s were looking forward to and so was Georgiev.
“They’re great people, it was pretty special,” said Georgiev. “I promised them a signature a few games before so I’m glad it happened. I’m looking forward to seeing them in the rink again this weekend.”
Klim will be back on the ice this weekend as Dauphin opens a home-and-home with the Steinbach Pistons on Friday at TG Smith Centre in the Automobile City. The two teams return to Dauphin on Saturday night at 7:30.
Get to know Georgiev:
What are your hobbies? I love spending tons of time with my family and friends, golf, play poker and I enjoy playing video games as well
When did you realize you wanted to play hockey competitively? It was pretty frustrating for me when I was younger because I wasn’t a good skater. But my parents really wanted me to play so I stuck with it and here we are, it’s been a pretty cool family journey
What is your ultimate goal? Moving forward, I would love to get a university scholarship. But for now, I just want to win a championship with this team, that’s all I’m thinking about
Georgiev’s grandma lives in Russia and he says he would love to spend some more time with her.