SJHL PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Troy Smukowich, Yorkton Terriers
1989 F Troy Smukowich (Winnipeg MB) led all SJHL players during the month of March with 11-goals and 18-points in 14-games played. He was a vital cog in the wheel for the Yorkton Terriers and their Cinderella run through the playoffs that has them in the Credit Union Cup finals. He has points in five of his last six games and has overall playoff totals of 12-goals and 9-assists in 16-games.
Runners-up: Doug Lindensmith, La Ronge; Cody Zubko, Yorkton; Chad Filteau, Battlefords; Kevin Stringfellow, Yorkton; Brett Miller, Battlefords.
SJHL DEFENSEMAN OF THE MONTH
Dustin Stevenson, La Ronge Ice Wolves
1989 D Dustin Stevenson (Gull Lake SK) has had an incredible month that was capped when he was named the SJHL Player Of The Year. He has backed that up by captaining the Ice Wolves the Credit Union Cup finals against Yorkton. Stevenson had 5-goals and 8-assists in 13-playoff games during the month of March. He’s primed for St. Lawrence in the Fall.
Runners-up: Mike Alexander, La Ronge; Blaine Tendler, Yorkton; Johnathan Sonntag, Kindersley; Jordan Braid, Kindersley.
SJHL GOALTENDER OF THE MONTH
Adam Bartko, La Ronge Ice Wolves
1990 G Adam Bartko (Battlefords SK) ripped through the month of March by going 9-and-4 (three of those losses were in overtime) and compiling a 2.52-GAA and .933-SPCT. He has played every minute of every game in the playoffs, minus the third period of game two in the Battlefords series.
Runners-up: Devin Peters, Yorkton; Josh Thorimbert, Kindersley; Kyle Birch, Battlefords.
SJHL ROOKIE OF THE MONTH
Marc-Andre Carre, La Ronge Ice Wolves
1991 F Marc-Andre Carre (Baie Comeau QC) had 6-goals and 5-assists in 13-games played during the month of March to lead all SJHL rookies. Carre has played an important secondary scoring role to veterans Doug Lindensmith and Ben Findlay, providing the team with excellence top end depth.
Runners-up: Josh Thorimbert, Kindersley; Brent Struble, Yorkton; Ward Szucki, Battlefords; Blake Tatchell, Battlefords; Jordan Hoffman, Kindersley.
(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)