Balgonie Welcomes SaskFirst Male Bantam Top 80 Tournament

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - The Saskatchewan Hockey Association (SHA) in partnership with the Western Hockey League (WHL) is set to host the SaskFirst Male Bantam Top 80 Tournament from February 14 to 16 at the Stardome in Balgonie, SK.

This past December, the SaskFirst Male Bantam Top 160 Tournament was held in Regina. Following evaluations, the player pool was narrowed to 80 players for this weekend’s tournament. Those 80 players will compete on four (4) teams for a round robin competition. Teams will hit the ice first thing in the morning on Friday, February 14, for team practices. From there the tournament begins in the afternoon featuring games throughout the weekend and culminating on the Sunday morning.

This tournament marks the 3rd installment in the selection phase for next season’s Team Saskatchewan that will compete in the 2020 WHL Cup. Following this tournament, the top 25-30 players will be chosen to attend Spring and Fall camps before the final roster of 20 players will be selected.

The program is also an opportunity for players to get seen by scouts from a variety of leagues, including the Western Hockey League (WHL) who will have representatives from all 22 teams in attendance and will be scouting players for their Bantam Draft in May 2020.



The SaskFirst Program was introduced by the Saskatchewan Hockey Association (SHA) in 1988 and since that time the program has brought great pride and accomplishment within our province. The SaskFirst Program was designed to provide a better understanding of the game as well as to promote the development of quality players, coaches, trainers and officials. The participants are enriched as individuals and can achieve self-satisfaction and enjoyment as part of the hockey community.

The SaskFirst Program is a gateway to Hockey Canada’s High-Performance Program which includes their National Teams such as the World Juniors. There is a long list of notable players who have gone through the Bantam SaskFirst Program which includes NHL players Ryan Getzlaf, Brayden Schenn, and Derrick Pouliot, just to name a few. Up and coming players such as Ethan Bear, Kole Lind and Cale Fleury also went through the SaskFirst Program.

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For program information please contact:

Joel Houseman

Senior Coordinator of High Performance
Saskatchewan Hockey Association

T: (306) 789-5101     E: 


For media inquiries please contact:

Joseph Laprairie

Manager, Marketing and Communications
Saskatchewan Hockey Association

T: (306) 789-5101     E:


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