By Dave Leaderhouse
One of the mandates of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League is to promote its players for opportunities to continue playing the game while gaining an education after their junior career has been completed and the first major event to do just that takes place this weekend when the annual Showcase is set to begin on Sunday in Saskatoon.
The Showcase gathers all 12 teams into one location where each club will play a pair of contests with points gained from those matches counting in the overall standings. The philosophy behind this format is simple: it allows scouts from various levels – CIS, NCAA, WHL and NHL – to view the players at one time and in one place and also provides for easier accessibility to these players so that more information can be garnered.
There are a couple of notable changes this year with the event being held at the Hamm Latrace Arena (1347 Fletcher Road – beside Gordie Howe Park) in Saskatoon as opposed to the Legends Arena in Warman and the other is that there will be no Young Guns contests preceding the event.
Another change is the partnership with the Knights of Columbus that has been struck up for the event. The K of C will be charging $10 admission per day for adults with proceeds being split between that group and the SJHL.
The Showcase is held early in the season to give scouts an opportunity to see what kind of talent is out there and it also falls into a favourable rotation for that group who attend similar events in other leagues prior to and immediately after the SJHL Showcase.
Armed with the information gleaned from this event, the scouts will return to Regina in mid-January when the inaugural SJHL/MJHL showcase will be staged. Evaluations will be more complete with this additional showcase of talent and it is hoped that more players get opportunities to continue to pursue their dream of playing the game while also getting an education.
Following is a complete list of games to be played at the SJHL Showcase. Fans and scouts alike can expect thrilling and competitive games throughout.
Sunday, September 24, 2017
1:00 pm – Nipawin Hawks @ Humboldt Broncos
4:15 pm – Battlefords North Stars @ Melville Millionaires
7:30 pm – Flin Flon Bombers @ Weyburn Red Wings
Monday, September 25, 2017
10:00 am – Estevan Bruins @ Battlefords North Stars
1:15 pm – Weyburn Red Wings @ Kindersley Klippers
4:30 pm – Melville Millionaires @ La Ronge Ice Wolves
7:45 pm – Notre Dame Hounds @ Flin Flon Bombers
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
12:45 pm – La Ronge Ice Wolves @ Estevan Bruins
3:00 pm – Humboldt Broncos @ Yorkton Terriers
5:45 pm – Melfort Mustangs @ Notre Dame Hounds
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
11:00 am – Kindersley Klippers @ Nipawin Hawks
2:15 pm – Yorkton Terriers @ Melfort Mustangs