Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

2024 Playoff Preview

The 2024 SJHL Playoffs presented by UPL begin Friday night. Here’s how each team matches up in their respective series going into the start of the post-season, with a few burning questions from each.

#1 Flin Flon Bombers vs. #8 Kindersley Klippers

Burning Questions: 

  • Will the Flin Flon Bombers be able to rev the engine back to 100% after sitting on cruise control for much of the new year once they had clinched No. 1 overall?
  • Can Kindersley No. 1 Cody Jaman replicate his February success to keep the Klippers close in games?
  • How will the Kindersley veterans, led by captain Logan Linklater up front and Simon Diaz on the back end, handle their first playoff series as a group?

#2 Melfort Mustangs vs. #7 Estevan Bruins

Burning Questions: 

  • How healthy are these two teams?
  • Assuming Ilia Chmelevski (and Keagon Little, when he is back) get a steady dose of Melfort’s, and perhaps the league’s, top defence pair of Leith Olafson and Chase Friedt-Mohr, where will Estevan’s secondary scoring come from, especially against a red-hot James Venne in the Mustangs’ net?
  • Who will Estevan match up against the Clay Sleeva-Aidyn Hutchinson combination up front?

#3 Humboldt Broncos vs. #6 Weyburn Red Wings

Burning Questions: 

  • Can either of these teams stay out of the box? Both power plays have been DEADLY this year, and both teams have had discipline and penalty-killing issues.
  • Who will win the goalie duel? Ben Motew of Humboldt and Dazza Mitchell of Weyburn are both as elite as they come in the league this year.
  • How will Weyburn’s shutdown pair of Nicholas Kovacs and Tyler Teasdale do against the Broncos’ Spencer Bell-Travis Bryson-Cage Newans unit, one that almost nobody has been able to stop the last number of weeks?

#4 Battlefords North Stars vs. #5 Melville Millionaires

Burning Questions: 

  • How will the defending champion North Stars be able to use their vast advantage in playoff experience?
  • We know Will Dyke has the net in Melville, but who will get the lion’s share of minutes in the Battlefords net between Logan Cunningham and Matthew MacArthur?
  • Doug Johnson’s Millionaires can sure shut down anybody’s attack, but they score enough goals to get through?

Find the full playoff schedule and brackets here.