(Photo courtesy: WHL.ca)
Yorkton product Nolan Maier got his junior hockey start in the SJHL with his hometown Terriers as a 16-year-old back in 2017-18, but was quickly off to the next level, joining the Blades that very same season, going 23-17-2 at only 16 years of age on a team that didn’t make the playoffs. Maier never let go of the starting role in Saskatoon for the better part of five seasons, and if not for an abbreviated season in 2019-20 and a shortened bubble season in 2020-21 due to Covid, he would have likely had the record a year ago, but in his second last regular season game in the WHL, Maier earned his 121st career win, breaking a tie he shared with Corey Hirsch (Kamloops) and Tyson Sexsmith (Vancouver).
The Blades beat Prince Albert 2-0 at home on Friday (April 8). Maier made 20 saves for his 30th win of the season and third shutout. He also tied the record with a shutout just three nights earlier in Medicine Hat.