Game On Magazine November 2015 - Page 72

Like Father, but NOT Necessarily Like Son Devon Daley was once one of Canada’s greatest basketball players, a star with the University of Winnipeg Wesmen and the Canadian national team. Devon’s 15-year-old son Caiden, could be one of our nation’s next great hockey players. At least, the Brandon Wheat Kings certainly think so. By Scott Taylor Photos by James Carey Lauder and Bruce Fedyck B randon Wheat Kings Owner, GM and Head Coach Kelly McCrimmon has a pretty nice feeling about 15-year-old Caiden Daley. Probably for good reason. With the 22nd and final selection of the first round of the 2015 Western Hockey League bantam draft, McCrimmon and his scouts chose Daley, a 14-year-old star with the Winnipeg Warriors Triple A Bantams. In 2014-15, Daley had 23 goals and 61 points in 32 games. Senior scout Gary Michalick loves Daley’s speed and combined with his size, is convinced that the young Winnipegger will be a WHL star. McCrimmon does not disagree. Especially after Daley’s 2015 training camp. “Caiden’s camp and his preseason were exceptional,” said McCrimmon recently. “He more than held his own and it was pretty impressive the way he picked up the systems so quickly. Even as a 15-year-old he held his own. If he gets bigger and stays healthy, he has a good future.” This season, Daley is playing for Paul Krueger’s Provincial Triple A Midget Winnipeg Wild and he has a goal and four assists in five games. He was also named to Manitoba’s U-16 provincial team and during a game against legendary high school prep team Shattuck-St. Mary’s (the proving ground of Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Zach Parise and the Jets Drew Stafford), more than one WHL scout called him, 72 GAME ON NOVEMBER 2015 “the best player on the ice.” Meanwhile, at Wheat Kings camp this fall, Daley not only skated with the WHL’s best – and make no mistake, the Wheat Kings are among the WHL’s top three or four teams this season – but he also impressed the scouting staff. “He was one of the most dynamic players, we felt, in that age group,” Wheat Kings director of scouting Wade Klippenstein told wheatkings. com. “He has the ability to change a game with his speed and work ethic, his skill and his size.” So the question is: How did Caiden Daley become so good? Well, genetics didn’t hurt. Daley is the son of Devon Daley, one of the finest basketball players ever produced in Manitoba. His older sisters, Casarah and Teneal were outstanding soccer players. Devon, a 6-foot-2 point guard with a devastating shot, came out of Thompson and starred at the University of Winnipeg, played senior amateur ball for Nicolett Inn and St. Andrews and played at the provincial and national team levels. Caiden was also a marvelous basketball player, but a couple of years ago, when the time came to make a choice, he chose hockey. “I’d say a lot of Caiden’s success is just him,” said Devon, a 59-yearold who still plays some senior basketball. “He’s been in such a great