The Battlefords North Stars won the SJHL Canalta Cup this past spring, in large part on the strength of stingy defense and goaltender, and a whole lot of shutouts. Taryn Kotchorek and Joel Gryzbowski combined for 11 regular season shutouts, and Kotchorek had five of those, and one more in the playoffs en route to an unbeaten run to the Cup. Now in his 20-year-old season, Kotchorek and the Stars might just shatter those numbers, as they picked up shutouts in each of their first two games against Kindersley. Kotchorek stopped a total of 62 shots.
Flin Flon rookie Chrystopher Collin burst onto the scene in opening weekend of the 2017-2018 SJHL season. The Quebec product scored in his first SJHL game on home ice on Friday, before turning a hat trick the next night in La Ronge, giving him four goals in his first two games. The 18-year-old comes from Bois de Filion, Quebec, and split time between 'AAA' Midget and Junior in his home province last season. The Bombers are looking to new recruits like Collin to help fill the void left by departed snipers like Greyson Reitmeier, Jason Lavallee, Rylee Zimmer and Kristian St. Onge.
The Division rival Humboldt Broncos and Notre Dame Hounds made a deal this past off season which saw Saskatoon product Kaleb Dahlgren go from Wilcox to Humboldt, and he wasted no time reacquainting himself with his former club. The two clubs squared off in their traditional opening weekend home-and-home, and the now 20-year-old opened the scoring in the season opener in Humboldt, before tying the game the next night in Notre Dame with just one second left, and scoring the winner in the shootout. Dahlgren had 7 goals last season in Notre Dame, and 8 the year before. He appears well on his way to establishing a new career-high.