SaskFirst Program Announces Top 28 Players in Male Bantam Age Group

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 - The Saskatchewan Hockey Association (SHA) and SaskFirst High Performance Program are excited to announce the top twenty-eight (28) players that participated in the SaskFirst Male Bantam program in 2018-19. Those chosen were evaluated during three key phases of the selection process. The first phase was regional camps in either the north or south, from there the Top 160 players were chosen for a Tournament in late December and the most recent stage was the Top 80 Tournament which took place in Saskatoon this past February. The program was open to all Bantam players, born in 2004.

The top 28 players selected will continue to compete for a position on Team Saskatchewan through the summer and fall. If selected to final roster, players will represent our province at the 2019 WHL CUP taking place in October. 


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.

For program information please contact:

Joel Houseman

Senior Coordinator of High Performance
Saskatchewan Hockey Association

T: (306) 789-5101     E: 

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