SaskFirst Male Bantam Tournament Set to Face Off in Regina

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - The Saskatchewan Hockey Association (SHA), in partnership with the Western Hockey League (WHL), is set to host the Bantam SaskFirst Tournament December 28th- 30th at the Cooperators Centre in Regina.

A total of 160 of the top Bantam players were selected to take part, and will face-off against their peers from across the province in the three-day tournament with games set to begin Thursday afternoon. Teams will hit the ice first thing in the morning for individual team practices.

Earlier this month Regional Camps were held in the North and South regions of the province; players in zones 1-4 attended the South Regional Camp while players from zones 5-8 attended the North Regional Camp. From there, the top eight (8) goalies, 24 defencemen, and 48 forwards were selected from each regional camp to take part in this showcase tournament. After evaluations are complete the top 80 players will then be invited to take part in the spring tournament being held back in Regina April 12th – 15th.

The SaskFirst Bantam Program is open annually to all second year male Bantam (U15) players in the province. The SHA is the only provincial branch to host two tournaments for bantam aged players which also provides the players opportunities 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 the league in attendance and will be scouting players for their Bantam Draft in May, 2018.

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 promotes a team concept which encompasses the pursuit of common goals. It is emphasized that everyone on the team must pursue their personal goals within the team environment and that no one individual is more important than the team. Team success comes from all team members melding their talents, skills and energies toward the achievement of the team's goals.

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 (Anaheim Ducks), Brayden Schenn (Philadelpia Flyers) and Derrick Pouliot (Vancouver Canucks) just to name a few.

Team 1 - Green
Team 2 - Black
Team 3 - Gold
Team 4 - Orange
Team 5 - Navy
Team 6 - Red
Team 7 - White
Team 8 - Grey

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