If it were not for a three-week stretch early in the season where he was not in the lineup, Josh Fletcher would easily be the Kindersley Klippers leading scorer and it is also quite possible the Klippers would be even closer to the Humboldt Broncos for top spot in the Global Ag Risk Solutions Division and first place overall.
The 20-year-old Calgary product has eight goals and six assists in 15 games this year, which is two points shy of the career-best totals he put up in just 22 games last season. The 6-foot-0, 180-pound winger has a pair of four-game point streaks since returning to the line-up leaving him just two points behind Kyle Bosch for the team lead in scoring.
Fletcher began his Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League career with the Humboldt Broncos two years ago, but after just 12 games, where he failed to register a point, he wound up in Kindersley. Fletcher then put up 10 points, along with 89 minutes in penalties, to finish up his rookie season and last year, in a limited number of games, he set career bests in goals, assists and points to go with 81 more minutes in penalties.
Fletcher moved to Saskatchewan following three seasons of midget hockey in Calgary. As a 15-year-old, he tallied 16 goals and added 26 assists in 37 games at the minor-midget level. He then added 31 points in 26 games of Midget AA action before completing his midget career with 15 points in 34 games with the Calgary Royals of the Alberta Midget AAA Hockey League.
With Fletcher out of the line-up earlier this year the Klippers were 4-3-1 so it is obvious he makes a difference, not just offensively, but with his gritty play as once again he is among the team leaders in penalties with 40.
The Klippers are, and will likely be, in a battle all season long not only for the Global Ag Risk Solutions Division title, but the regular-season pennant as well. Fletcher is looking to finish his junior career strong and hopefully bring one or both of those titles to west-central Saskatchewan.