Six hockey players with ties to the Southwest will be headed to the 2019 Canada Winter Games to represent Saskatchewan.
Shaunavon’s Taylor Lind was named to the Saskatchewan U18 roster, which is coached by Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcats head coach Terry Pavely.
Lind, 16, is currently fourth in Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League scoring with 20 points in 12 games with the Wildcats. She is committed to Lindenwood University for the 2019-20 season.
Rosetown’s Carissa Hogan was also named to Team Sask. She has six points in 12 games during her third season with the Wildcats.
The Male U16 Team features four players with connections to the Southwest. Waldeck’s Justin Dueck was named one of the two goaltenders on Team Saskatchewan. Dueck leads all Saskatchewan Midget AA goaltenders with a 1.30 goals against average and has a 10-0 record for the unbeaten Swift Current Abbey Resources Broncos. He was a 10th round pick of the Kelowna Rockets in the 2018 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.
Swift Current’s Joe Arntsen will be patrolling the blueline in front of Dueck. The 6’2’’ defenseman has five goals and five assists in 24 games with the Swift Current Home Hardware Legionnaires in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League. He was drafted in the second round of the 2018 Bantam Draft by the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
Teammate Logan Linklater was also named to Team Saskatchewan. The 5’9’’ forward from Kindersley has 15 points in 24 games with the Legionnaires. He was a fifth round pick of the Prince Albert Raiders in 2018.
Central Butte’s Hayden Wilm will also skate for Team Saskatchewan. The longtime Swift Current Minor Hockey product was drafted in the fifth round by the Kelowna Rockets. He has 14 points in 29 games with the Saskatoon Blazers in the SMAAAHL.
The 2019 Canada Winter Games will take place from February 15 – March 3 in Red Deer.