Humboldt Broncos, G- University of North Dakota
His resume is as good as any SJHL puckstopper in the last decade, and Matt Hrynkiw is set to join one of the top NCAA schools in the country. Hrynkiw will move on and play for the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux in the fall, after three stellar seasons in Humboldt. After leading the Broncos to an SJHL and Anavet Cup title in 2012, Hrynkiw came one win short of a second straight championship in 2013, where he had 27 wins and a sparkling .939 save percentage in the regular season, followed by a .932% mark in the playoffs.
Melville Millionaires, G- UMASS-Amherst
Alex Wakaluk is also heading to the NCAA Division I ranks this coming season. The Melville Millionaires' keeper will forego his final season of junior eligibility and make the jump as a 20-year-old. The Bellevue, AB product committed to the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Wakaluk's SJHL rights were moved to La Ronge after this past season, as part of the deal the brought Brennan Ritchie and Nathan Boyer to Melville. He had 28-wins and a .930% in his final season in Melville.
Kindersley Klippers, F- Red Deer College
The Red Deer College Kings will have a distinct SJHL flavour when they return to the Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference this coming season. Among their recent recruits is graduating Kindersley Klippers' captain D Jay McGrath. McGrath spent this in the WHL with the Everett Silvertips prior to finishing with his hometown Klippers for 2 and a half seasons. McGrath had 31-points in 50 games this past season. He'll be joined at Red Deer by the likes of Humboldt grads Kameron Ballas, Neil Landry and Carter Page, and Yorkton Terrier forward Patrick Martens.
With his rookie season behind him, Tyrell King appears to be ready to take the No. 1 goaltending spot with the Kindersley Klippers.
The 18-year-old King appeared in 30 games with Kindersley last season posting a 3.27 goals-against average and .911 save percentage.
Originally listed by the Melfort Mustangs, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound King was traded to Kindersley for Brennan Bosovich just days before the 2012-13 Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League season started and after watching the early part of the season from the bench, he saw more action as the season went along.
The Eston, Sask., product was coming off a successful campaign with the Prince Albert Mintos of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League season. In his final year of junior eligibility he played in 23 games during the regular season and six more in the playoffs to help the Mintos reach the league final for the second straight year. King had a 2.37 GAA during his regular-season appearances, but was even better in the post-season as he had a sparkling 1.65 GAA in his playoff workload.
Prior to joining the Mintos, King played Junior “B” with the West Central Rage of the Prairie Junior Hockey League. As a 16-year-old playing against players as much as five years older than himself, he got into 28 games and that experience undoubtedly gave him the confidence he needed when playing at the high level he experienced in Prince Albert and Kindersley.
With two more years of junior eligibility remaining, King should be looked upon for increased leadership and an even larger workload.
His numbers don’t make his name jump off the scoresheet, but Sheldon Argent’s leadership certainly does.
Having been the captain of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League’s Tisdale Trojans during his final year of midget eligibility, the home-grown winger of the Melfort Mustangs spent the 2012-13 season getting adjusted to the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League and his role in the playoffs has set him up for an even bigger year next season.
Argent spent two years with the Trojans and during that time had a sprinkling of exposure with the Mustangs before landing a full-time position with Melfort last year.
In 59 games with Tisdale, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound winger had 10 goals and 17 assists and in 48 regular-season games with Melfort over the past couple of seasons he had collected just one goal.
With the Mustangs returning to the playoffs for the first time in a couple of years this past spring, Argent had one goal and one assist in eight games as Melfort swept the Battlefords Stars before falling to the Humboldt Broncos in the second round.
Having just turned 19 years old in March, Argent has two more years of junior eligibility remaining and the Mustangs will be looking to him for his continued leadership.