Adam Wilson (RW)
Flin Flon Bombers
The Flin Flon Bombers are an explosive team offensively, but they also have cultivated a line-up with some depth and one of those players that is rising to the top in the post-season is Adam Wilson.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound winger has netted a pair of goals and added another pair of assists in 10 playoff games to help the Bombers reach the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League championship series for the first time since 1993.
The 19-year-old Edmonton product only scored three times in 44 games during the regular season, but his production in the post-season has been as surprising as the Bomber team having gone through two of the three divisional winners to this point setting up the possibility of sweeping all three divisional champs as they take on the Melfort Mustangs for the Canalta Cup.
Prior to joining Flin Flon, Wilson had played a season with the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Bonneyville Pontiacs where he scored three goals and collected four assists in 39 games. The stat that stands out from that season, however, is he picked up 88 minutes in penalties during those games and this year with the Bombers he also brought a sandpaper quality to his game as he was assessed 70 minutes during the regular season and has another 19 in the playoffs.
Before making the jump to Junior “A”, Wilson honed his skills with the Knights of Columbus Pats in the Alberta Midget Hockey League. In 58 games over two seasons with the Pats the rugged winger netted 12 goals and assisted on 16 others while once again showing his grit with 74 minutes in penalties.
Wilson is eligible to return to the Bombers for one more season next year, but for now his focus will be to continue to provide strong secondary support for a Flin Flon team that is just four wins away from a league title and a berth in the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup in Estevan at the end of the month.
Wyatt Hinson (RW)
A year ago Wyatt Hinson was watching the Melfort Mustangs advance to the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League final after his Nipawin Hawks suffered a disappointing five-game setback to the eventual Canalta Cup champions in the semi-finals.
What a difference a year makes!
Hinson’s playing rights were first traded to the Kindersley Klippers last June before he landed in Melfort for the 2015-16 campaign and now the recently-turned 20 year-old has a chance to experience a league title of his own as he gets ready to help the Mustangs defend their championship in the league final against the Flin Flon Bombers.
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound winger, who hails from Debden, has dressed for just seven of the 11 post-season games played by the Mustangs, but he has made his presence felt scoring four times and racking up 30 minutes in penalties.
Those numbers follow a pattern as Hinson only had four goals all season to go with 131 penalty minutes in 51 games. Last year with the Hawks, Hinson appeared in 38 games and scored three times while setting up seven others, but before graduating to the SJHL he had a reputation of being able to dent the twine while toiling with the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League’s Tisdale Trojans.
As a 16-year-old in 2012-13, Hinson registered 17 goals and 18 assists in 43 games with the Trojans and the following year he bumped those numbers up considerably collecting 25 goals and 17 assists in just 36 games played.
The Mustangs were once again one of the top offensive teams in the league this year, but it is players like Hinson who aren’t afraid to get dirty in the trenches that have given Melfort a chance to go for back-to-back titles.
Hinson’s blue-collar work ethic could be a deciding factor against the Bombers and with one year of junior eligibility remaining he will undoubtedly be a factor once again next year.
The SJHL congratulates our three alumni members of the Frozen Four Champion University Of North Dakota Fighting Hawks!
Coltyn Sanderson (F)
Weyburn Red Wings / UND
Much like his former Weyburn linemate Jesse Ross, who won a Canada West championship with the U of S this season, Sanderson played his first season of junior playing Junior 'B'. Sanderson's 18-year-old season was spent with the PJHL's Assiniboia Southern Rebels. He would join the Red Wings full time the following year, and captain them to a Sherwood Conference championship as a 20-year-old, putting up 81 points (32g-49a) in 57 games. Sanderson had 12-points in 35-games in his senior year at UND.
Matt Hrynkiw (G)
Humboldt Broncos / UND
Hrynkiw and the Broncos beat Sanderson and the Red Wings in the 2012 Final, the year the Broncos hosted the RBC Cup. Now, they shared in an NCAA Frozen Four title together at UND. The Broncos lost in the final to Yorkton in 2013, Hrynkiw's final SJHL season, but that year he posted a 1.83 GAA and .939%. With the Fighting Hawks this season, Hrynkiw went 10-2-2, 2.13 GAA, .910% and two shutouts.
Danys Chartrand (D)
Flin Flon Bombers / UND
With a veteran-laden club that won it all, Chartrand didn't see any regular season or Frozen Four action with UND this season, but should be poised to crack the lineup full time in the fall. The Winnipeg product played 146 SJHL games, all with the Bombers, putting up 50 points. Chartrand will no doubt be paying close attention to his former teammates as they battle the defending champion Melfort Mustangs in the SJHL Canalta Cup Final.