By Mike Stackhouse
RBC PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Eric Bolden, Nipawin Hawks
1996 F Eric Bolden (Oswego IL USA) made his return from Elmira College (where he had 10 points in 10 games) after Christmas and finished the month of January with 10-goals and 5-assists in 12-games played. Bolden ends the month with a six game point scoring streak, highlighted by his 2-goal, 2-assist effort at Estevan on January 25th. Overall, he has 11-goals and 5-assists in 14-games. Runner up: Reed Gunville, Melfort.
IBAS SJHL DEFENSEMAN OF THE MONTH: Eric Sinclair, Flin Flon Bombers
1996 D Eric Sinclair (Kenora ON) picked up 3-goals and 6-assists in 8-games played during the month of January. Among his highlights were three 2-point games as well as points in six of his first seven in the month. For the season, he has 31-points in 31-games as a Bomber and combined totals of 10-goals and 26-assists in 33-games (Melfort and Flin Flon). Runner-up: Connor Swystun, Humboldt.
SASKTEL SJHL GOALTENDER OF THE MONTH: Kristian Stead, Nipawin Hawks
1996 G Kristian Stead (Merrit BC) went 6-and-1 during the month of January with a 1.65-GAA and .946-SPCT. He also posted 2-shutouts. He won his last six starts of the month and in his final five starts, he was 5-0, 0.60, .981. He hasn’t allowed a goal since midway through the first period of a game January 24th, a streak that has spanned 168:48 going into February. Overall, he’s 21-and-9 with a 1.93-GAA and .936-SPCT. He also has 5 shutouts. Runner-up: Taryn Kotchorek, Battlefords.
SJHL ROOKIE OF THE MONTH: Chaz Smedsrud, Notre Dame Hounds
1998 F Chaz Smedsrud (Luverne MN USA) took off in the second half of the month to finish with 7-goals and 5-assists in 10-games played; but he accumulated 9-points in his last 5-games and all 12-points came in his final 7-games of the month. He ends January with 7-points in 3-games and is off to a blazing start to February as well. He has 11-goals and 9-assists in 30-games on the season, as of the end of January. He has since added an additional 6 points in 3 games to start this month. Runner-up: Josh MacDougall, Nipawin.