Steinbach’s Isaac Dokken, the standout linebacker with the SRSS Sabres high school football team this past season, will be competing for Team Canada at the International Bowl at Dallas, Texas, next week.
Dokken, named the Winnipeg High School Football League’s Top Defensive Player in Division I last season in leading the Sabres to a league-best 6-1 record, was selected to play for Team Canada following his performance for Team Manitoba at the Canada Cup U18 national championships last summer.
Sabres’ head coach Stephen Fedus, who was also part of the Team Manitoba coaching staff at the Canada Cup, are headed to the International Bowl for a second straight year as part of the Team Canada coaching staff. Fedus and Dokken left for Dallas this morning via Montreal and will spend a week in the Dallas area with the team.
Fedus, along with Jamie Peters, et al, were named the top coaching staff in the WHSFL this season. Fedus will be in charge of the offensive line for Team Canada in Dallas.
This is the second time a member of the Sabres is competing in this game in Dallas as Chris Brown-Fillion was also a member of Team Canada in 2012.
Most of the players for the team were selected from that Canada Cup, which includes the top U18 players from across the country. Two other Manitoba players will also be competing in Texas for Team Canada, one from Dakota Collegiate and the other from St. Paul’s, two Division I rivals for the Sabres this past season.
"It has been quite an honour to be selected to play in this game," said Dokken.
The U18 National team from Canada will face the U.S. on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at AT & T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys.
For Dokken, competing in this all-star game in Texas is just a continuation of the stellar career he had in high school football here in Steinbach with the Sabres and it also helps in the next step of his career, which will be suiting up for the U of M Bisons next season.