By Mike Stackhouse
CANALTA HOTELS SJHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jared Legien, Yorkton Terriers
1998 F Jared Legien (Pilot Butte SK) factored in on all the Terriers’ offense last week as he scored two goals and one assist and then added the only goal in the shootout as Yorkton downed Estevan 4-3 to solidify their hold on first place in the Viterra Division. Legien had a goal in each of the first two periods and then added an assist on a late third period goal to force extra time and then he was the only shooter on either team to score in the shootout. Legien is up to 28-goals and 24-assists in 32-games on the year, which is good for third overall in the SJHL. Runner-up: Justin Ball, Melfort.
SJHL DEFENSEMAN OF THE WEEK: Alex Rondeau, Melfort Mustangs
1999 D Alex Rondeau (Drummondville PQ) picked up a goal in each of the home and home games the Mustangs had with Nipawin over the weekend as the two sides each earned one victory in the hotly contested affairs. Friday, Rondeau had his team’s only goal in a 2-1 loss and then on Saturday, he scored the game winner 4:18 into the third period as the Mustangs emerged 4-2 winners. For the year, he has 3-goals and 8-assists in 35-games. Runner-up: Colton Gerlib, Nipawin.
SASKTEL SJHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK: Declan Hobbs, Nipawin Hawks
1998 G Declan Hobbs (Saskatoon SK) has been the SJHL’s top netminder all season. In fact, he’s been so good that this past week was a below-average week for the veteran puck stopper and he was still good enough to earn the nod for this past week. He stopped 60-of-64 shots in two back to back games with Melfort, helping his club earn a split in the home and home set. That was good for a .938 SPCT and a GAA of 2.01. For the season, Hobbs has played in 25 games and has a SPCT of .942 and a GAA of 1.77. He’s 15-9-0-and-1 overall, tied for the league lead in wins. Not surprisingly, he’s the league leading in GAA, SPCT, and shutouts (5). Runner-up: Shawn Parkinson, Melfort.
DIRECTWEST SJHL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Aiden Bulych, Yorkton Terriers
2001 F Aiden Bulych (Yorkton SK) had another solid week with one goal and one assist in a win over the Estevan Bruins last week. While Bulych’s lofty credentials haven’t been enough to get noticed on the national stage for either the Top Prospects Game or the World Junior ‘A’ Challenge, the fact remains Bulych has been the top rookie in the SJHL this season despite still having a year of midget eligibility this season. Bulych leads all first year players by a wide margin in scoring with 9-goals and 27-assists, twelve more than the next best rookie. In addition, only six of Bulych’s points have come on the powerplay (the league leading powerplay point getter amongst rookies has 11 points). Runner-up: Jaxsen Wiebe, Nipawin.