The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League is making some changes to its operations and perhaps the two that are of most interest to BCHL fans include a reduction of 20-year-olds allowed and a reduction of games played.
The BCHL already has the lowest number of 20-year-olds allowed in the CJHL with six and it looks like the SJHL is heading that way as for 2012-13 it’s 8 and for 2013-14 it’s 7.
The SJHL, like the BCHL, is also reducing the number of games played for 2012-13. The SJHL currently plays 58 games per season, and that number is dropping to 54 starting with next season.
Here’s the complete release on all the changes, from SJHL.ca:
On January 28th 2012, the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League held its semi-annual Governor’s meeting.
The meeting was held in Melfort at the Canalta Hotel; opening remarks were provided by Regional Vice President Gary Hoffert of Canalta Hotels.
The Governors have made decisions that will create hockey opportunities for young men from Saskatchewan in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League for the years to come.
First, the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s maximum number of 20 year old players for the 2012-13 season will be 8; previously it was 9. For the 2013-14 season the maximum number of 20 years olds will be 7.
Next, the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League will play 54 games starting in the 2012-13 season. With this number of games, teams will play the majority of their games on weekends. With the reduction of 20 year old players, this will provide more opportunities for younger players in the league.
With the majority of the games to be scheduled for the weekends during the season, the younger players will be able to focus on school during the week and hockey practises.
Training camps will start on or after September 5th 2012 for all teams.
At the start of this season the Governors wanted to ensure that players wanting to pursue opportunities at the NCAA level were being provided those opportunities. This year the SJHL had an increase of over 100% of players writing SAT exams from the previous year.
The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League wants to be the League that provides hockey players options to all leagues, there have been several players that have been called upon to play in the WHL during the season and several that have been returned to the SJHL from the WHL to gain more experience at a high level of hockey in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.
The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League has agreed upon 3 year contract and a 1 year option with Sher-wood to be the supplier of Equipment and Sticks.
The Official Helmet Supplier will be Cascade Sports with the M11 the Messier Project, the helmet appears to be the helmet that will protect our players the best.
With today’s concerns around head injuries the Governors felt that the M11 was the best option to protect the players in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.
The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League Annual Fall Showcase tournament will be held in Melfort hosted by the Melfort Mustangs, over the December 14th 2012 weekend.
The Annual Hall of Fame Game will be hosted by the Estevan Bruins in the early fall, date to be announced.
As President of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, Bill Chow wants to credit the Governors for having the ability to realize where changes were needed and that they had the will to make the changes that will benefit the young players coming into the league, and also the teams in the league.
The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League is proud to be able to support hockey players in pursuing their goals in hockey.
For further comments or if you have questions please contact the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League President Bill Chow.