Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Players of the Week: December 21

Connor McGrath and Braiden Koran combined for 29 points in seven games in December, leading all SJHL players. They have been named your MVP and Forward of the Month. Photo: Marla Possberg Photography

SGEU MVP OF THE WEEK: Connor McGrath, Humboldt Broncos

A 2003-born rookie sits atop the SJHL scoring race.
McGrath has exceeded expectations all season long for the Broncos, and he wrapped up his pre-Christmas schedule in emphatic style. The LeRoy, SK native exploded for 10 points in three games this week, mainlined by a five-point night over the Kindersley Klippers in the SJHL Game of the Month.
McGrath is riding a league-best 10-game point streak into the new year and has picked up at least a point in an incredible 22 of his last 23 games.
Weekly Stats: (3gp, 4g-6a-10pts)
Runner Up: Carter Anderson, Melfort Mustangs

 RBC FORWARD OF THE WEEK: Braiden Koran, Humboldt Broncos

The only player that accumulated more points than Broncos’ forward, Braiden Koran, was his linemate in McGrath.
On December 7th, Koran had just 7 goals. Fast-forward just 11 days later and the 2001-born veteran now has 16, scoring nine goals in his last five games before the break.
Koran scored six of those this past week to go along with three assists in the Broncos wins over the Kindersley Klippers, Notre Dame Hounds, and Battlefords North Stars.
Weekly Stats: (3gp, 6g-3a-9pts)
Runner Up: Marco Lopez, Melfort Mustangs


23 points in 28 games for Kian Calder of the Bruins prior to the holiday break. He’s played a handful of less games than some of his peers and sits second in points/game by a defenseman.
This past week he was well above a point-per-game, scooping up two goals and three assists in just three games for the Bruins. It’s his second Defenseman of the Week award this season.
Weekly Stats (3gp, 2g-3a-5pts)
Runner Up: Noah Barlage, Humboldt Broncos


3 straight starts and 3 straight wins for James Venne.
Its easy to assume that the Mustangs probably didn’t come into the season expecting anyone other than Joel Favreau backstopping most of the starts and running with them. Well, the holiday break is here and it’s 17-year-old James Venne who has been the wall the Mustangs need. The youngster allowed just two goals in three games, stopping 68 of the 70 shots, picking up three wins and a shutout this past week. The Mustangs are on a seven-game winning streak and Venne has won all of them.
Weekly Stats: (3GP, 3-0-0-0, 2GA, 68/70, 0.67 GAA, .971 SV%,)
Runner up: Rayce Ramsay, Humboldt Broncos

DIRECTWEST SJHL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Maddox Nollski, Yorkton Terriers

There may not have been a bigger hat-trick this season than Maddox Nollski’s.
The Yorkton Terriers exercised their demons and defeated the division rival Estevan Bruins 5-2 on Friday for the first time this year. Nollski scored the game winner, the insurance marker, and the empty netter to help secure the win. It was the first time the Bruins lost to any Viterra Division team this season. Nollski also added a goal earlier in the week to give him four in just two games.
Weekly Stats: (2gp, 4g-0a-4pts)
Runner up: Cam Hrdlicka, Estevan Bruins