By Dave Leaderhouse
LA RONGE ICE WOLVES, F
He’s slight in stature, but Justin Bill has already shown he has the offensive capabilities to play in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.
The 5-foot-11, 155-pound forward from Leoville, Sask., scored in his first game of the regular season this year and that came on the heels of a one goal and one assist output in five games with the La Ronge Ice Wolves last year.
The 18-year-old Bill joins the Ice Wolves on a full-time basis this season after three successful campaigns with the Beardy’s Blackhawks of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League.
Bill averaged almost a point-per-game in his final season of midget hockey collecting 12 goals and 16 helpers in 31 games with the Blackhawks last year and in his two other seasons with Beardy’s he missed just three games in registering three goals and seven assists. What makes Bill even more interesting is that he amassed 126 minutes in penalties in his three seasons with the Blackhawks showing he has some grit to his game in addition to being an offensive threat.
That analysis was fairly evident in his final year of bantam hockey when he had seven goals and nine assists, to go with 82 minutes in penalties, in just 26 games with the Battlefords Barons.
The Ice Wolves struggled mightily last year finding the back of the opponent’s net and with the addition of Bill it is hoped they can turn things around in that department and make huge strides in getting back to challenging for a playoff spot.
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