By Dave Leaderhouse
BATTLEFORDS NORTH STARS, C
The Battlefords North Stars have been the regular-season champions in each of the last two seasons for good reason – they consistently have players step in to fill vacancies left behind from players who have moved on.
Enter MacGregor Sinclair.
The 19-year-old forward is in his second full season with the North Stars and after occupying more of a supportive role with the defending Canalta Cup champions last year, the Irma, Alta., product has moved up to a more prominent spot on the roster and he has taken the reigns and run with them.
Through the Battlefords’ first 15 games this year, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Sinclair has potted nine goals and added 12 assists; that is one point shy of his entire output during his rookie campaign in 2016-17 when he had 6-16-22 totals in 50 games.
Included in those totals this season are five power-play goals and three game-winning tallies. Consistency has also been evident as Sinclair was on a five-game point-scoring streak – three goals and seven assists – when that run came to a halt last weekend when the North Stars were blanked 1-0 by the Weyburn Red Wings.
Prior to joining the North Stars, Sinclair spent two seasons with the Lloydminster Bobcats of the Alberta Midget AAA Hockey League and in 45 games during that time he registered 10 goals and added seven assists. Sinclair was a force in the post-season in his final year with the Bobcats as he notched three goals and added a pair of assists to help Lloydminster capture a provincial championship. At the national Telus Cup event Sinclair registered one assist in seven games.
The North Stars are looking to successfully defend their league title and for Sinclair that would be three straight seasons being on a championship team. There is a lot of work that has to be done in order for that to occur, but Sinclair looks poised to make a significant contribution to fulfilling that goal.
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