Daylan Kuefler brings nothing but dedication, hard work, and his love for hockey whenever he steps onto the ice. For only being 16 years old, Kuefler has been very successful and strove and continues to strive to become the best player he can, even if that meant packing up his skates and moving to Arizona from his home town of Stettler, Canada.
At the age of 14, Kuefler received an unexpected call from Shane Doan from the Arizona Jr. Coyotes AAA Bantam team, asking him to come to Phoenix, Arizona to play for him for a year. “My dad played junior B hockey with Shane Doan and he called me and said they were building a team to compete in the nationals and asked what would be my thoughts of living with him for a year and playing there and I thought why not? It was about the experience and the hockey. Everything was awesome, they treated me so good it felt like home.”
Kuefler played well for the Coyotes and played to his fullest potential while on the ice for his team. The Coyotes made it all the way to the national semifinals but unfortunately, did not come out on top. Kuefler on the other hand, went back to Canada with a major accomplishment.
Before leaving Phoenix, Kuefler found out that he was drafted in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft. The Kamloops Blazers picked Kuefler in the 10th round, 212th overall. “I played four or five preseason games… it was a great experience,” Kuefler said.
Since returning from his time on the Arizona Jr. Coyotes back to the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs, Kuefler has been moved to center and has helped his team achieve a first place tie against Lethbridge in the AMHL South Division.
Congratulations to Daylan and the entire Arizona Jr. Coyotes organization! Daylan, we are looking forward to all your future successes and accomplishments.
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