Yorkton appears to suit Brendan Mark just fine.
Prior to relocating to the east-central area just over a year ago, Mark has been an offensive catalyst while also being one of the leaders on the back end.
The 20-year-old product from Grand Rapids, MN, was acquired from the Estevan Bruins on Dec 1, 2018, and since joining the Terriers, the 6-foot, 185-pound rearguard has blossomed into a solid two-way player.
As an 18-year-old with Estevan two season ago, Mark had just seven points in 39 games. He then managed just four assists in 12 games to start last year with the Bruins, but after being moved to Yorkton he collected 12 points in the final 32 games of that season and so far this year he has racked up 29 points in 39 contests.
Since returning from the Christmas break, Mark has averaged a point per game and as a result was acknowledged as the league’s top defenceman for the week of Dec 30-Jan 6.
Prior to making the move to Canada, Mark played three seasons for his high school team in Grand Rapids. In 71 games at that level Mark had 35 points with each successive year being more productive as he gained more experience – similar to what is happening during his time in the SJHL.
The Terriers have been one of the biggest surprises this season as they have been at or near the top of the Viterra Division standings for most of the campaign after having missed out on the playoffs entirely on year ago. With continued contributions from players like Mark the Terriers have put themselves in a position to be a threat in the post-season and should they continue on their course for a divisional title that will only put them in a better position for when the playoffs begin.