Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

2024 UPL SJHL Draft set for June 11

REGINA, SK – Upon the conclusion of the Melfort Mustangs’ successful run at the 2024 Centennial Cup, the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League now turns its focus to the 2024 SJHL Draft, Presented by UPL.

The draft is set for June 11, 2024, and will be presented live from the IKS Media studios in Regina beginning at 3:00 P.M. Saskatchewan Daylight Time on the SJHL’s Facebook and X pages, and YouTube channel.

SJHL Co-Directors of Media Clark Munroe and Jamie Neugebauer will be live to present and break down the picks as they are made, while communications team member Rory McGouran will be providing interviews and analysis of the status of the 12 clubs.

All the picks will be posted on league social media as they happen, with the exceptional talents of Creative Eleven’s Connor Tate at the controls.

It will be an eight-round draft, with two rounds of selections to be made of 2009 birth-year players, followed by six rounds of selections to be made of 2008 birth-year players.

Players eligible to be selected must be:

  • Saskatchewan residents
  • From outside of the 12 SJHL markets (or not ‘auto-protected’)
  • Un-drafted by any SJHL team previously

Players are expected to be selected from the Saskatchewan Under-18 ‘AAA’, ‘AA’, and Under-15 ‘AA’ leagues, as well as the Canadian Secondary School Hockey League (or CSSHL).

Draft order, pending trades, will be determined by the 2023-2024 SJHL regular season standings, in reverse order.

Here is that draft order, subject to change as teams may have already, or will trade picks.

  1. Notre Dame Hounds
  2. La Ronge Ice Wolves
  3. Yorkton Terriers
  4. Nipawin Hawks
  5. Kindersley Klippers
  6. Estevan Bruins
  7. Weyburn Red Wings
  8. Melville Millionaires
  9. Battlefords North Stars
  10. Humboldt Broncos
  11. Melfort Mustangs
  12. Flin Flon Bombers

Find the results to last year’s draft here.

Five first-round picks from the Under-16 portion of the 2023 SJHL Draft (2007s) made their debut for their respective clubs a year ago, while 14 players from the 2022 Draft have since become SJHL regulars.

A major goal of the league is to provide the premium option for Saskatchewan-born talent to stay in their home province, and the draft is a large piece of that vision.

Commissioner Kyle McIntyre said this about the upcoming draft:  “The SJHL Draft is an exciting time for the players, their families and for SJHL teams. We are extremely excited to welcome these prospects to the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League and look forward to seeing many in our SJHL communities in the future”.