- Dallman, Kevin
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Having a Toronto Maple Leafs and Olympic player for an uncle, Kevin Dallman has always been fascinated with the sport of ice hockey. As a youth, he competed in the prestigious 1995 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament as a part of the Niagara Falls Minor Thunder. Following a successful minor hockey career, he was called up as an under-age player for the Chippawa Riverhawks Jr. C team in 1996-97. He then moved onto a stint with the Niagara Falls Canucks Jr. B club and assisted them in bringing home the Sutherland Cup Championship in 1998. He had a successful junior career with the OHL Guelph Storm beating all the Guelph Storm records. Undrafted, he signed his first professional contract with the NHL and the Boston Bruins in 2002. He played for the Providence Bruins, Boston’s AHL affiliate, for three years, and then made his debut with the Boston Bruins in the 2005-06 season.
From there, Kevin played for the St. Louis Blues, the Los Angeles Kings, and the Manchester Monarchs, and eventually made the difficult decision in 2008 to leave the NHL and move his family to Kazakhstan to play in the Astana Barys of the newly-formed KHL. In his first season there, he beat all the defensive scoring records in the league and was appointed team captain barely 15 games in. He finished his first season with 28 goals and 30 assists for a total of 58 points in 53 games. A favourite amongst fans, Kevin was the captain of the team for four years and earned four consecutive all-star spots. He was so good on the ice that the Kazakhs once asked him to join their national team and loved the country so much he became a Kazakhstani citizen in 2010.
After 11 years of playing in the KHL between the Astana Barys and the SKA Saint Petersburg in Russia, Kevin announced his retirement from the league on August 5th, 2019. He remains in the top 10 all-time point leaders in the KHL but will never forget his home and family roots in Niagara Falls.
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