By Dave Leaderhouse
NOTRE DAME HOUNDS, LW
The Notre Dame Hounds are in a unique situation as they can have players develop through their bantam and midget programs before making the jump to the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League entry.
Curtis Wiebe is one of those players and with several of his teammates having gone through the same process that familiarity generally translates into successful Junior “A” careers.
The 18-year-old Portage La Prairie, Man., product has made a nice transition to the junior club having recorded 28 points in 51 games entering the final week of the regular schedule. His play has helped the Hounds challenge for a top-six position all season and with a playoff spot locked up he will undoubtedly play a key role in whatever success the team has in the post-season.
Prior to moving up to the SJHL, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound winger spent three seasons at Athol Murray College beginning with a year at the Midget AA level where he had 27 points in 37 games. Wiebe also got into five games with the Midget AAA Argos that year making a permanent move to that squad the following season as a 16-year-old.
Wiebe had 20 points on nine goals and 11 assists in his first full season in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League and he followed that up with 11-18-29 totals last year. Wiebe never missed a game in his two years at the Midget AAA level and he has been almost as consistent this season with the junior squad having sat out just four games to date.
The Hounds have a solid crop of rookies who could all be together for another two seasons. Wiebe is a key part of that group and whatever experience they gain this year will certainly make them better in the future.
Tag(s): Young Guns