ECHL: An Interview With Norfolk Admirals Defenseman Dakota Krebs

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This past weekend was an exciting weekend for the Krebs household as Peyton Krebs, Dakota Krebs, and Dru Krebs all hit the ice. However, the biggest headline of the weekend came from the oldest brother, Dakota, who made his pro debut on Saturday Night for the Norfolk Admirals vs. Adirondack Thunder after signing an ATO with the Admirals. Despite not finding the scoresheet in either game, Dakota would finish the weekend with a +3 rating as he played in Friday and Sunday’s games, and even prior to making his pro debut, Dakota mentioned that hockey had played a big role in his life up to this point, “Hockey’s been a part of my life for as long as I can remember” said Dakota Krebs

“It’s been awesome, it’s been a whirlwind of a start, obviously moving across North America, I’m really excited to be a part of this team and it feels good to win”

Dakota Krebs on his first two games with the Norfolk Admirals

Friday would mark the first time since the 2017-18 season that Krebs had played for a team outside of Calgary, as he spent two-plus seasons in the WHL with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL after spending three seasons with the Tri-City Americans. Dakota would put up 13 goals and 49 assists for 62 points in 308 games over the course of his five-year WHL career. After finishing up in the WHL, Dakota would attend the University of Calgary, where he would play three seasons for the Dinos, putting up five goals and 21 assists for 26 points in 71 games. Ironically, it would be a swap between Dakota and Peyton Krebs as the Buffalo Sabres were in Calgary to battle the Flames on Saturday Night; Peyton would score the opening goal for the Sabres, which was his fourth goal of the season. The child of the Krebs was originally a first-round pick of the Vegas Golden Knights and was sent to Buffalo in the Jack Eichel trade. He has 20 goals and 44 assists for 64 points in 205 games throughout his four-year career.

Dakota mentioned that he would be watching the game on the Admiral’s bus ride back home to Norfolk.

“It’s where I grew up so I was really excited to go back there when I was in Juniors and continue in University, definitely a big part of my heart and a really great and amazing city”

Dakota Krebs on what Calgary means to him

Armand Klisivitch

Inside The Rink ECHL Manager | Senior Editor Credentialed Reporter for the Adirondack Thunder & Worcester Railers.

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