It was undoubtedly a bit disheartening to be released by his Western Hockey League club the Regina Pats early in the season, but Bryce Platt certainly didn’t let that disappointment linger too long.
The 20-year-old from Regina has become a big part of the Estevan Bruins making a move back to the top of the Viterra Division standings as the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Platt has averaged more than a point per game since relocating to southeastern Saskatchewan.
Platt has seven goals and nine assists in 13 games with the Bruins, including four goals and four assists in the last four games, which have all been victories. The rugged winger has also racked up 55 minutes in penalties to add some grit to the high-octane offence that has become customary in Estevan in recent years.
Not only does Platt bring to Estevan some additional offence and feistiness, he also has championship experience in his portfolio. Platt was a member of the Pats team that hosted the Memorial Cup tournament last season and in his one season of Midget AAA hockey in 2014-15 he helped the Regina Pat Canadians claim the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League championship and a bronze medal at the Telus Cup.
In total, Platt played in 100 WHL games with the Calgary Hitmen and Regina Pats where he totalled eight goals and six assists to go with 114 minutes in penalties. Sandwiched between his time with Calgary and Regina was a season with the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Canmore Eagles where he posted 20-15-35 totals to go with 128 minutes in penalties.
Platt’s rights were acquired last January from Canmore for a player development fee and that trade has paid off nicely for Estevan. Now that he has settled into his new surroundings it appears Platt is ready to finish off his junior career in style. He brings many attributes to the Bruins and they will certainly benefit from all of them.