The Sask. First program can often be a long and winding road for young hockey players.
It's a series of camps and tournaments run by the Saskatchewan Hockey Association that begins with camps in early April, continues with summer camps, and, if you impress the coaches enough, stretches into the fall.
Three Battlefords Sharks and one Battlefords North Stars prospect have made it to the third stage, which, for some, is the final stage.
Sharks goaltender Chloe Burt and forward Ashlee Wolfe have made the final U-16 female team, while Sharks forward Keara Amson is on the cusp of making the U-18 female team, and North Stars prospect Carter Serhyenko is also on the cusp of making the U-16 male team.
By making the final team, Burt and Wolfe will compete at a Team Sask showcase in Swift Current from Sept. 7-10. Burt, a Maidstone, Sask. native, posted a 4-10 record and .886 save percentage in 14 games as a rookie last season for the Sharks, while Wolfe tallied eight points in 21 games in her first AAA season, with four goals and four assists.
Amson, from Radisson, Sask., is one of 25 players that will attend a fall camp in Wilcox from Sept. 21-24 with the hopes of making the final U-18 team. That final team will compete at the nationals in Quebec City in November.
The 17-year-old had her best season yet in 2016-17 for the Sharks, recording 12 points, including four power play goals. She will be entering her fourth season as a Shark this fall.
Serhyenko, a goaltender from Saskatoon, is one of 26 players that will compete for a spot on the coveted U-16 male provincial team that competes in the Western U-16 Challenge Cup every fall. The fall camp runs Sept. 14-17 in Wilcox and Serhyenko is one of just three goaltenders at the camp, meaning he just has to beat out one to make the final cut.
The 6'2" 14-year-old was drafted by the North Stars this past June in the third round of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League bantam draft, chosen with the 36th overall pick. He played in 17 games for the Saskatoon Stallions bantam AA team this past season, posting a 7-8-2 record with a 4.05 goals-against-average and one shutout.
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