A Season of Firsts for RiverKings' Krahn

Sarah Vaughan
February 12, 2013

The two main things on RiverKings goalie Matt Krahn’s mind this year: pacifiers and pucks.

In addition to signing his first contract with a professional team, the 21-year-old Winnipeg, Manitoba native also had his first child.

“Colby was born six weeks early, and we were in Pensacola at the time, so it was tough finding out he was going to be premature and having to rush home,” Krahn said.

Hockey has prevented Krahn from seeing Colby and his mother since his birth in early January, and it is likely he will not be able to see them until the offseason, but he still believes his son has had a positive impact on his performance both on and off the ice.

“Off the ice, he’s all I think about, but on the ice, I’m still focused on my game,” he said. “I’ve been Skyping them every day and seeing how they’re doing, but it’s still hard sitting here and playing hockey while he’s at home.”

Before signing with the RiverKings, Krahn played for the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) for four seasons, including two seasons for the Portage Terriers, in which he led his team to two championships. He also played for two seasons for the OCN Blizzard, boasting a 0.929 save percentage in 70 games, earning him the MJHL Top Goaltender Award, MJHL Best Goals Against Average Award, and MJHL Best Save Percentage Award as well as a position on the MJHL First All-Star Team.

Krahn was also a member of the 2008 U-17 Canadian team that earned the bronze medal after defeating Team Russia and included Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn.
Krahn has quickly become a valuable member of the RiverKings roster as well, posting two shutouts, including one in his first professional game, 588 saves, and a 0.892 save percentage.

Yet the transition from playing in a junior league in Manitoba to a professional league in Mississippi, 800 miles away from home, has not been easy for Krahn, the youngest member of the team.

“The game is a lot quicker and more intense, and that takes time to adjust to,” he said. “But the atmosphere is great. The rinks are nicer, and the fans are as loud as they can be, which really pumps you up to play.”

The hardest part about making the move from Manitoba to Mississippi, however, wasn’t the hockey, he said. It was the weather.

“It’s negative 45 degrees Celsius back home, and they have four or five feet of snow, but I was just playing golf here yesterday.”

Krahn’s teammates have also been instrumental in keeping him focused.

“I’m surrounded by a great group of guys who are a lot of fun to be around yet keep my mind where it needs to be.”

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