In just two seasons in the SJHL, Ontario product Justin Buzzeo certainly left his mark, and six years later he's got a college degree and still playing pro. Buzzeo joined the Humboldt Broncos as a 19-year-old back in 2009-2010 where he put up 20-goals and 53-points. The following year he was traded along with Jeremy Boyer to Yorkton just prior to the trade deadline and Buzzeo racked up 33-goals and 89-points in 60 games between the Broncos and Terriers. After four full seasons of Division I NCAA hockey at Ferris State, where he put up 68-points in 122 games, the now 27-year-old finds himself just wrapping up his second full season in the ECHL, and was moved from the Atlanta Gladiators to the Orlando Solar Bears in midway through this season. He had 63-points in 69-games this regular season.
The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League is a developmental league, and while often times that means moving players onto the college, university or professional level after age 20, it can also mean moving a youngster on to Major Junior. That was the case for 18-year-old Braydon Buziak. After a 19 point (6g-13a) season as a 17-year-old with Battlefords a year ago, Buziak missed the opportunity to win a Canalta Cup with his hometown North Stars, but his season could be just as long or longer, as he's currently in the Western Hockey League Eastern Conference Final as a member of the Regina Pats. Buziak had 11-goals and 15-points with the Pats this season, and added a goal in Game 4 of the Eastern Final against Lethbridge.
Former Melville Millionaire Chris Kunitz finds himself in this space most years at this time, as his Pittsburgh Penguins always seem to be the mix for a Stanley Cup. Kunitz spent his 18 and 19-year-old seasons with Melville in the late 1990's, tearing up the league to the tune of 88-goals and 146-points over two seasons. That earned him a four year ride to Ferris State (NCAA) and eventually a long and decorated NHL career. Kunitz has sipped from Lord Stanley's mug three times, once with Anaheim and twice with Pittsburgh, and they're poised for another run. He also added Olympic gold to the trophy case in 2014. Kunitz, who turns 38 this September, managed 29 points this season in more of a depth role, not on his familiar wing with Sidney Crosby for a good part of the year.