Posted on November 3, 2010 by Jadene Mah

Camrose, Alberta- Well…the Alberta Colleges Athletic Association may now have their own hockey lexicon with “Hope to Aucoin to Dyck.”

11/03/2010… Camrose, Alberta – Perhaps baseball’s most famous lexicon is the 1910 poem “Tinker to Evers to Chance" which tells us of the double play abilities of Chicago Cubs shortstop Joe Tinker, second baseman Johnny Evers and first baseman Frank Chance.

Well…the Alberta Colleges Athletic Association may now have their
own hockey lexicon with “Hope to Aucoin to Dyck.”

Say hello to Augustana Vikings high-scoring line of centre Daniel Hope, right wing Scott Aucoin and left wing Torrie Dyck.

Seven games into the regular season Dyck and Aucoin stand one-two on the ACAC scoring parade with 17 and 16 points respectively. Hope is at No. 10 with 11 points.

“I think the key has been the fact that we are all a little different type of player but at the same time we are all offensively gifted and so far it has been working well for us,” said Dyck who has six goals and 11 assists.

“Yeah I would have to agree with that,” echoes Aucoin who has nine goals and seven assists. “Plus, our power play has been off to a good start and we have been able to get a few points there.”

Last year in his ACAC rookie campaign Dyck notched 23 goals and 24 assists during the regular campaign. He earned ACAC Rookie of the Year acclaim. But winning a scoring title is not is ultimate goal, winning an ACAC title is.

“Last year was a good year and we were able to make big strides as a team but still wasn’t able to achieve our ultimate goal,” said Dyck, who grew up in Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan. “This year I think the team (third year head coach Blaine Gusdal) has put together is better than last year and I think we should be able to move forward again.

“Personally, I think I am always looking to improve on my last season but more important is the team goal, personal success generally goes along with it.”

Success for the young gun started with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Nipawin Hawks where in four seasons (2005-2009) he recorded an impressive 69 goals and 108 assists in 173 regular season contests.

The junior hockey experience was one that he would not trade in for your last Wayne Gretzky rookie card: “The experience there was great. It was close to home so my parents were able to see a lot of games, plus I had excellent billets.

“The highlight would have to be when I was 18 and we finished fourth in the league and were able to make it to the ITECH Conference Finals. Although we lost it was a lot of fun and a great experience."

Dyck was also a member of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Provincial Champions.

Of selecting to move to Camrose for postsecondary education Dyck said, “I chose to attend Augustana for a few reasons. The first was I knew a few of the guys who played there and when I came up for the first time I really liked the facilities. Next, I thought that (Gusdal) was turning the team around and had the Vikings heading in the right direction.

“Finally, I thought that getting a Canadian degree (Business Economics) would be a better option than an American degree. I think the ACAC and the SJHL are similar. The parody in both leagues is evident all the time and on any given night, any team can beat a higher placed team.”

Aucoin a veteran of three seasons in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (Spruce Grove Saints, 2006-2008, 104 games, 25 goals, 49 assists and the Brook Bandits, 2008-2009, 58 games, 21 goals, and 26 assists) is also keen on gaining an education (Chemistry). He was also Valedictorian of Grande Cache Community High School.

“Attending Augustana seemed like a great opportunity to continue playing hockey and get a world class education too,” said the 5-foot-7 Aucoin. “It also gives my friends and family a chance to see me play more often since it is so close to home (Stony Plain).

“Comparing the leagues (AJHL to ACAC) is tough to do; playing against older players in the ACAC you can notice the difference in strength and experience. However the AJHL probably has more high-end talent as it sees players that go on to play professionally, some even at the NHL level.”

The ACAC though has been a dominant force in the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association winning 16 of 22 national championships. Vikings claimed bragging rights way back in 1974-75 when they were known as Camrose Lutheran College.

At the present neither Aucoin nor Dyck foresee professional hockey in the future as education is the main focus.

The Vikings sport a record of four wins, two ties and a loss with 34 goals for and 14 against and sit in third place in the eight-team circuit.

You may have noticed that we didn’t get a chance to chat with the third member on the high scoring line Daniel Hope formerly of the Melville Millionaires now entering year two with the Vikings.

We’ll let’s just say, that when it comes to scoring goals in Augustana….”Where there is Hope, there is a way.”

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