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List of SJHL grads succeeding at post-secondary schools is lengthy and continues to grow

By Dave Leaderhouse

The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League is getting more attractive to post-secondary institutions as former players are continuing with their careers as far north as Alaska and as south as Arizona. They are also toiling with schools from coast to coast, both in Canada and the United States, with almost every level imaginable having an SJHL alumni on a roster.

There is already a sizable crop heading to NCAA Division 1 schools next year (Josh Rieger of Estevan with the University of North Dakota; Eric Sinclair and Greyson Reitmeier from Flin Flon with the University of Alaska Anchorage and Michigan Tech, respectively; Adam Dawe from Notre Dame with the University of Maine; Reed Delainey from the Battlefords and Regan Seiferling from Yorkton both with RIT and Dakota Boutin from Melfort with Northern Michigan University)  along with technical and CIS institutions starting to announce commitments as the season winds down.

There have never been more opportunities for players to further their education while still playing the game they love. Following is a brief synopsis, and it is very brief as the number of alumni playing and going to school is extensive, of what some former players are doing with their respective teams.

Dustin Gorgi – Battlefords – six goals, eight assists in 14 games with Red Deer College

Charles Manley – Estevan – one goal and one assist in 17 games with Rennselaer Institute

Greg Moro – Humboldt – one goal, six assists in 27 games with Clarkson

Alex Smith – Flin Flon – 5-9-14 in 32 games with Michigan Tech

David Heath – Nipawin and Melfort – 5-8-13 in 22 games in his second year at Red Deer College

Carter Hansen – Melfort and Melville – one goal and one assist in 22 games with the University of Regina

Kris Joyce – La Ronge – 2.81 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in 19 games with the University of Windsor

Dexter Bricker – Kindersley/Melfort/Nipawin – 2-4-6 in 15 games with York University

Tristan Frei – Melfort – 8-7-15 in 25 games with the University of Regina

Cole Porter – La Ronge – two goals and two assists in 10 games with Wilfred Laurier University

Kris Spriggs – Nipawin – 7-6-13 in 25 games with Niagara University

Dylan Coupal – Weyburn – 0 pts in 12 games with Augustana, but has 3-27-30 totals in his first four years with the club

Alexi Thibaudeau – Notre Dame – 5.32 GAA and .851 save percentage in nine games at the University of Moncton

Evan Weninger – Kindersley – 2.95 GAA and .910 save percentage in 21 games with Nebraska-Omaha

Matt Hrenkiw – Humboldt – 1.93 GAA and .915 save percentage in four games with the University of North Dakota – his fourth year with the defending NCAA champs

Jon Brumwell – Weyburn/Humboldt – 3-2-5 in 13 games with Concordia Div III

Devin Buffalo – Flin Flon – 2.90 GAA and .906 save percentage in 21 games with Dartmouth College

Blake Young – Battlefords – one goal and one assist in 11 games with Minnesota-Duluth (third season)

Landon Farrell – Melville – 3-4-7 in 22 games with St Mary’s of Minnesota

Sam Aulie – Notre Dame – 4-9-13 in 26 games with the University of Prince Edward Island

Spencer Trapp – Notre Dame – 2-14-16 in 28 games with Holy Cross

Davis Jones – Nipawin – 2.91 GAA and .910 save percentage in 13 games with University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Landon Hiebert – Flin Flon – 23-21-44 in 25 games with Lindenwood University –third year and team captain this season

Brady Norrish – Yorkton – 1-15-16 in 21 games with RIT – third season and co-captain with brother Chase who has 7-7-14 totals in his third campaign

Sebastien Beauregard – La Ronge – 4-11-15 in 25 games with the University of Windsor

Rylan Pashovitz – Humboldt – 4.64 GAA and .880 save percentage in 11 games with Arizona State University

Carter Danczak –Battlefords/Nipawin – 4-10-14 in first year at Augustana

Troy Tremblay – Melville – 2.65 GAA and .914 save percentage in 14 games with Red Deer College

Dylan Baer – Yorkton/Kindersley – 3-2-5 in 18 games with Red Deer College

Jarrett Fontaine –Humboldt/Weyburn – 13-9-22 in 15 games with Trinity Western University

As one can see, there are numerous different leagues, schools and opportunities. Players who want to continue with playing hockey and getting an education have plenty of avenues to travel, but they have to be willing to put in the work to first get noticed and then secondly, make a commitment.

The SJHL is proud of all of its players – past and present – and continues to try and do more to ensure all have an opportunity to further their education while continuing to play the game.

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