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HISTORY

SOUTH SASKATCHEWAN JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE (1992 - 2007)
 

The Formation

"It's the inspiration of Bill Johnston", was a common quotation during the formative meetings for the newly proposed Junior B hockey league for Southern Saskatchewan. Joeady knew the hurdles to cross in forming a new entity as he had been instrumental in prior years in the formation of the Highway Hockey League and the Wild Duck Senior Hockey League.

Numerous meetings were conducted within a 100 km. radius of Moose Jaw and interested parties accepted the challenge of forming a new Junior B hockey league.

At the final organizational meeting held in Wilcox, the Queen City Hockey League of Regina accepted the concept as a further developing group for hockey players too old for AA and Triple A midget hockey. Briercrest Bible College at Caronport and Notre Dame College at Wilcox both saw the new league as another drawing card for student recruitment. The Town of Assiniboia has a AA Saskatchewan champion senior team which had played in the Northwest Hockey League the prior year but could not handle the expense of again flying their Southern Rebel team to Alaska and the Yukon for games. Johnston's hometown of Moose Jaw had a dedicated group of fathers of 19 and 20 year olds who would resurrect the Canuck name that season and complete the original five team loop.

The Original league executive consisted of Johnston as President, a post he would hold for 5 years, assisted by 1st vice-president -Darrell Kasper, 2nd vice-president - Royden Taylor, and Bob Gunther as executive member.

1992 - 1993  ( GROWING PAINS )

Five teams made up the fledgling league; the Assiniboia Southern Rebels coached by Jerry (Chic) Volsky assisted by Jim Willis and managed by Kim Kimball; the Briercrest Bible College Clippers coached by John Bechtold, manager Eric Pankratz; the Moose Jaw Canucks coached by Doug Mayson, later replaced by Rick McKeown, managers Fred Comeau and Dave Chapman; Notre Dame Hounds coached by Rod Collins, manager Bill Duncan and the Regina Capitals coached by Neil Douglas, manager Gordy Ouellette. After a controversial exhibition weekend in Bismarck N.D.  in January of 1993 Ouellette left the Capitals organization and was replaced by Brent Shannon.

The first exhibition game was played October 17th at the Assiniboia Civic Centre and the hometown Southern Rebels defeated the B.B.C. Clippers 9-5. The first league contest was played October 30th, at the Al Ritchie Centre in Regina and the Capitals picked up a close 5-4 win over the Clippers. The first goal scored in this inaugural league game was credited to Shane Stephens of the B.B.C. Clippers.

At the time of the Christmas break, the Capitals were the first place team in the league with 8 wins, 2 losses and 2 ties, record for 18 points but were hotly being pursued by the Moose Jaw Canucks who had a 7-3-0 record for 14 points. A month later the Capitals had fallen to third place with a 9-7-2 record and the Canucks and Southern Rebels were tied for top spot with 26 points each.

The Southern Rebels finished in first place after the end of the regular season with a 16-6-2 record for 34 points. In the playoffs, the league semi-finals saw the Southern Rebels sweep the Hounds in three games while it took the Capitals five games to dispose of the Canucks. The league final was won in five game by the Southern Rebels and the last game of the series saw the Rebels Wayne Dust score an overtime goal to vanquish the Caps. The Assiniboia squad played Kinistino of the NSJHL for provincial supremacy. The Tigers won the first two games played in Kinistino by identical 7-3 scores and then ended the series with a 4-0 shutout of the Rebels in Assiniboia.

1993 - 1994  ( CREDIBILITY INCREASES WITH EXPANSION )

Prior to the 1993-94 season all teams present at the league meetings expressed satisfaction with the first year of operation and voted to add the Regina Express as the league's sixth team, the Express using the Pense Arena as their home base. The SSJHL's incumbent executive with Bill Johnston at the helm all agreed to stay on board.

The new Regina Express franchise was coached by Neil Douglas, manager Brent Shannon while Dick Leetch took over the coaching reins of the Regina Capitals with Sandy Johnston as manager. Later that season due to a Queen City Hockey League suspension imposed on Leetch, Gord Becker was named coach of the Capitals. The only other team administration changes were Laury Ryan of the Hounds and Royden Taylor of the Clippers assuming manager positions.

With a 30 game schedule for each team in year two, the regular season began on October 23rd. By the Christmas break the Southern Rebels led the league with 12 wins and 4 losses but in pursuit of them were the Moose Jaw Canucks with a 10 and 6 record. Adding interest to the league in its second season was the printing of a league schedule on a convenient fold-up card by the Print Shop at Briercrest Schools. As well, a University of Regina student, Ryan Dahlman, published a one-time interesting newsletter, The Airhorn, which contained eight pages devoted to the SSJHL in March of 1994.

Playoff Action saw the Moose Jaw Canucks upset the Rebels winning three games in a best of five, while the Hounds reached the league final by defeating the Regina Capitals. In the league final, the Hounds took the championship with three straight wins over the Canucks but the victory was dulled by a hit which caused a fractured fifth vertebra and serious spinal cord damage to Hound John Millikin. The Hounds were to later lose the provincial final to the NSJHL representative Kinistino Tigers.

1994 - 1995  ( GAINS AND LOSSES )

At the league scheduling meeting held in Wilcox in late August, 1994 League President Bill Johnston accepted with regret the application for a leave of absence from the Moose Jaw Canuck franchise. However, the Canuck chairs were filled by the Grenfell Spitfires, the league's first expansion franchise. Similar to the prior year, each team was faced with a thirty game schedule but travel costs were increasing with the longer trips to Grenfell. Don Christie, the Spitfires manager, had hired Trevor Hack to coach. Other administration changes that year included Wes Olmstead managing the B.B.C. Clippers, Greg Hunter taking over the reins of the Hounds and the Capitals had a new look with coach Peter Dittmann assisted by Don Pankewich and manager Dennis Butler. The Order of Elks began a sponsorship of a drug awareness presentation which would be made to each of the league's team.

The third season of the SSJHL produced a first...in form of an all-star game and skills competition with the NSJHL played Jan. 15/95 in Saskatoon. Graham Christie of the Spitfires led the South with a pair of goals as they rallied from an 8-4 deficit to tie the game at a final score of 8-8. All-star sweaters and socks were purchased by the league in time for the game. The uniforms were patterned after the Minnesota North Star home team colors.

In playoff action, the Regina Capitals swept the Regina Express in three games. The Spitfires upset the Southern Rebels, taking out the second place Rebels in three straight. For the Southern Rebels, the loss was a double-edged sword as two nights after the Rebels playoff exit, their President Barry Karst passed away after a valiant struggle with cancer. In the league final, the Caps continued their league domination by beating the Spitfires in three straight games. Then, in the battle for the provincial title, the Capitals turned aside the Saskatoon Royals 3-1 in a best of five series to become the first team from the South since 1980 to win the Saskatchewan Jr. B Crown. The Capitals competed in the Western Canadian finals at Lloydminster, posting a 3-2-1 record. In the finals, the Caps were awarded Silver medals as they were nipped 3-2 by the host team, the Lloydminster Bandits.

1995 - 1996  ( FURTHER SUCCESSES )

At the league meeting held in Regina, President Bill Johnston welcomed the Canora Cobras as the newest league franchise, the Cobras replacing the Notre Dame Hounds, who filed for a year leave of absence. This was the second year for eastward expansion of the league. Johnston continued at the helm of the league with incumbent executive and newcomer Dianne Douglas as league secretary. Very few team administrations changed as the Spitfires, the Express, the Clippers and the Southern Rebels stood pat. Don Pankewich and Steve Young assumed coaching control of the Regina Capitals, while Cal Homeniuk as coach and Jerry Gabora as manager led the new Cobra franchise into the league. Later in the season, Don Chesney took over as the Cobra coach.

The Regina Express hosted the second annual all-star game at the Twin Arenas Sat. Jan 27/96. After an entertaining skills competition which the South players won 50 points to 30, the North squad regained revenge in the game with an 11-6 victory. Tragedy struck the league for the third year in a row as Peter Dittmann who had just returned behind the bench for the Capitals was tragically killed in a car accident Feb. 12/96. A jersey in his memory (P. Dittmann 96) hangs permanently in the Al Ritchie Centre.

In playoff action, the Southern Rebels disposed of the Grenfell Spitfires in three games while the Capitals knocked off the Clippers. In the league final, the Southern Rebels needed a game 6 win which they achieved by a 6-3 score to advance to the provincial final. The Saskatoon Royals were a formidable opponent but the Rebels played disciplined hockey and won the best of five, 3-2. The next evening, the team boarded the bus for an all-night journey to Sicamous, B.C. host of the Western Canadian Jr. B Championship. In round-robin play the Rebels posted a 4-0-1 record and won Gold medals and the Keystone Cup with a 5-2 win over the St. Albert, Alberta Merchants in the championship game. On their return home, the Rebels were immediately honored at the Assiniboia Civic Centre and later, two evening banquets and celebrations were held in Assiniboia to highlight the championship.

1996 - 1997  ( FURTHER EASTWARD EXPANSION )

Bill Johnston, Darrell Kasper, Royden Taylor and Dianne Douglas continued to make up the league executive. To start the 1996-97 season, the league welcomed two additional franchises, Fort Knox based in Fort Qu'Appelle and the St. Philips Rangers. Knox coach was John Bennefield with manager Tony Burge. St. Philips Rangers appointed Darren Schwartz as coach and manager. Neil Douglas moved to the manager position with the Express and named as coach Lorne Skihar. Derek Chesney assumed the coach and manager position for Canora while James Koop was the new Clipper manager. Dale Pollock assumed the coaching position for the Regina Capitals aided by manager Gord Becker. Donevan Hextall was appointed coach of the Grenfell Storm while Trevor Hack became manager. The other franchise coach-management teams remained the same. With eight member teams, the league was divided in East and West divisions with interlocking play.

In playoff action, the Rebels defeated the Capitals, while the Clippers took out the Express. In the west final, the Clippers defeated the Rebels.  East playoff action saw the Storm defeat the Cobras while the Rangers disposed of the Knox. In the east final, the Storm defeated the Rangers setting the stage for the league championship which saw the Storm continue their winning ways as they downed the Clippers. In the provincial final, the Storm were victorious over the Saskatoon Royals 3-1 in a best of five series but were joined by the Royals in the Western Canadian Championship series as the Storm were hosting the playoff in Grenfell. A 4-1 round robin record earned the Storm a tie for first place in Westerns. Then the Storm defeated the St. Malo Warriors from Manitoba 7-3 in the championship game to win Gold medals and the Keystone Cup. The Saskatoon Royals won the Bronze medal.

1997 - 1998  ( PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE )

Scheduling in the Fall of 1997 was complicated by the fact that the Briercrest Bible College franchise had left the league to join the college hockey loop in Alberta. With seven teams, the league schedule reverted back to a single division with each club playing thirty-six league games. For this season, the league executive changed significantly. Steve Helfrick assumed the presidency as Bill Johnston stepped down after five continuous years of service. Al Hubbs and Belinda Mitchell became league vice-presidents.

Southern Rebel coaches Chic Volsky and Jim Willis along with manager Kim Kimball were on board in Assiniboia for the sixth consecutive year. For the Canora Cobras, Jim Fedyk assumed the dual role of coach and manager. This dual role format was present in Fort Knox with Doug Trapp and Grenfell with Vern Schick. Mark Robitaille was appointed the Pilot Butte Express coach with Neil Douglas as manager. Don Pankewich and Belinda Mitchell served in those capacities for the Capitals and while the duo for St. Philips was Bill Summers and Jeff Pister. Later in the season, John Stuekart became the Knox manager while Courage Bear moved behind the bench for Grenfell. In November, tragedy again struck the league as a former SSJHL player, Graham Christie who had starred in earlier seasons for the Grenfell Spitfires, died as a result of blocking a shot as a member of the Nipawin Hawks. Christie's number 15 was retired by the Hawks who dedicated their season to him. The Rookie of the Year trophy donated by Bill Johnston was named at that time to honour the memory of Graham Christie. The Grenfell Storm also retired Graham Christie’s #8. In the purchase of the Storm franchise the group from Pilot Butte agreed to honour the retired number and have not used sweater #8 since.

In quarter final action, Fort Knox disposed of the Rebels 2 games to 1,while Canora knocked off the Express. The Knox went on to defeat the Capitals while St. Philips beat out the Cobras. The league championship saw the Rangers win it all but were defeated in the provincial final by the Saskatoon Royals who continued on to the Western Canadian Championship.

1998 - 1999

  The league executive consisted of newly elected present Steve Helfrich assisted by Al Hubbs who served as 1st vice president and league treasurer plus Belinda Mitchell as secretary.  Bill Johnston, league founder, was the past president.

  The seven team league schedule finalized with the Assiniboia Southern Rebels in top spot, Fort Knox one point behind in 2nd, the Regina Capitals 3rd. with the Canora Cobras 4th.  The final three spots were relegated to the Pilot Butte Express, the Grenfell Storm and the St. Philips Rangers as cellar dwellers. In league playoffs, the Southern Rebels edged out the Regina Capitals to take the SSJHL crown. Outstanding league players were  Derrick Walbaum of the Assiniboia Southern Rebels, top scorer with 29 goals and 60 assists. Walbaum was also league MVP while Ken Henderson of the Rebels was top goaltender with a GAA of 2.44 Mike Gabriel of the Knox was a dual award winner as Top Defenseman plus Rookie of the Year.  Marty Colwell of the Rebels rounded out the award winners as Most Sportsmanlike player.

  The NSJHL – SSJHL all-star game was played in Warman.

  The Southern Rebels went on to win the provincial banner and at the Keystone Cup captured the bronze medal.

1999 - 2000

     The eighth season of the SSJHL under the leadership of President Bill Johnston began with seven teams competing. The Assiniboia Southern Rebels who eventually took first place that year were coached by Jerry “Chic” Volsky. Fort Knox who took second place were managed by the duo of George Pyne and Doug Trapp (Sr.). Grenfell Storm  were coached by Howard Slack and Gordy Ouellette, the Pilot Butte Express coached by Larry Lolacher and the Regina Capitals who eventually placed 3rd that season were coached by Don Pankewich and won the inaugural year of the pre-season Curtis Ross memorial Tournament at the Fort Qu'Appelle Rexentre. The final entries were the St. Philips Rangers who took 4th place that year led by Rookie of the Year, Top Scorer and League MVP John Cavanaugh.  Ranger's bench boss Don Chesney was named Coach of the Year and finally, the Rangers highway 5 rivals, the Canora Cobras rounded out the seven league teams.
  General Mangers that season consisted of Neil Douglas (Pilot Butte), Ryan Meier (Assiniboia), Rory Hoffman (Regina), Brian Janz (Knox) and Sean Raison (Canora Coach and GM).
  An all-star game was played at the Rexentre on Jan. 15, 2000 with the SSJHL defeating the NSJHL 12 to 5.
  In playoffs, the Rebels knocked off the Rangers, the Knox were victorious over the Capitals and the Rebels eventually won the South title by defeating the Knox. In the provincial SHA Jr. B final, it was the Saskatoon Royals winning 3 games to 1 over the Southern Rebels.  The Royals advanced to the Keystone Cup in Airdrie, Alberta.
  In the 1999 – 2000 season the SSJHL played interlocking games against the four teams from the NSJHL, namely the Warman Crusaders, Saskatoon Chiefs, Westleys and Royals.

2000 - 2001

The 9th consecutive regular season began October 6th with six franchises, down one from the prior season with the demise of the Grenfell Storm. Also, the Express moved into Regina so the Queen city officially had two teams, the Express and Capitals.
  The Capitals were in their 2nd. Year of private ownership and Rory Hoffman moved into the head coach position and Don Pankewich took over the GM role.  The father-son combination of Neil and Stu Douglas handled the managerial/coaching duties of the Express.
George Pyne continued as bench boss for the Knox while Sean Raison began his second season as the Cobra's GM-coach. Newcomer Randy Lulashnyk, took charge of the St. Philip's Rangers and eventually was named Coach of the Year. Down in Assiniboia, Chic Volsky began his 9th consecutive year as head coach while Paul Tendler took over the managerial reins.
  Once again, the four NSJHL teams were scheduled in an interlock with the SSJHL teams. An all-star game was held in Warman on January 13, 2000.
  In SSJHL league highlights for the season, John Cavanaugh of the Rangers was top scorer with 53 points, Sheldon Tuck of Assiniboia was top goaltender with a GAA of 2.97 and Rookie of the Year was Josh Strukoff of the Rangers.
With the regular season completed in Feb. 2001, Assiniboia, holding top spot, defeated the Canora Cobras while the Rangers knocked off the Capitals in semi-final action. In the league final, Assiniboia defeated the Rangers and went on to defeat the Saskatoon Royals in the provincial final.  The Rebels then journeyed to Maple Ridge, BC where they eventually won the Keystone Cup.

2001 - 2002

The SSJHL today is made up of 5 teams: Assiniboia Southern Rebels, Fort Knox, Pilot Butte Storm, Regina Capitals and the St. Philips Rangers. The SSJHL plays a 38 game schedule which includes an interlocking home and home schedule  against the NSJHL. The NSJHL consists of 5 teams: Saskatoon Chiefs, Saskatoon Royals, Saskatoon Westleys, Tri Town Thunder and Warman Valley Crusaders.

The two expansion franchises are the Pilot Butte Storm and Tri Town Thunder. The Tri Town Thunder play their home games in Carrot River but are made up of 3 communities being Carrot River, Arborfield and Zenon Park. The other notable change in the league this season is the adoption of 2 - 21 year old (overage) to every team. The 21 year old must be players who played a minimum of 10 games for the team and ended the season on the roster.

Team managements saw Chic Volsky remain as the Southern Rebels coach for the tenth consecutive season, while Randy Cuthill took over as manager. Mike Wirachowsky was named the new coach of Fort Knox but was later replaced by Doug Macknak, who was the clubs manager. The Pilot Butte Storm saw several coaches come and go as Doug Conn was named the club's 1st head coach, Conn was replaced by Jim Lauten early on in the season before Mark Robitaille and Guy Jacobson finished off the season behind the bench for the Storm. Rory Hoffman remained the head coach behind the Regina Capitals bench for the second  straight season with Don Pankewich as manager. In St. Philips, Randy Lulashnyk started the season out with the Rangers as coach and manager but was later replaced with Darren Schwartz who took on the dual role. 

In playoff action, Pilot Butte defeated Fort Knox 2 games to 1 in the best of three survivor series, the top ranked Southern Rebels than swept the Storm in four straight games, while St. Philips needed a seventh game  to defeat the Regina Capitals. The league final saw the Assiniboia Southern Rebels sweep the St. Philips Rangers in 4 games to claim the SSJHL title. In the provincial final, the Rebels drive continued which saw them defeat the  Saskatoon Chiefs in three straight games to claim the provincial crown and earn them a spot in the Keystone Cup (Western Canadian Championship) which was being held in Assiniboia, Sask. The Chiefs also advanced to the Keystone Cup as the Saskatchewan representative. In round-robin play, the Southern Rebels ended up with a record of 3-1-1 and were demoted to the Bronze medal game in front of their home fans. But the Rebels came away winners as they took the Bronze medals with a 7-1 victory over the Saskatoon Chiefs. The Sicamous Eagles (B.C) took home the Gold medals with their 2-1 win over the Spruce Grove Regals from Alberta.

2002 - 2003

The five team South Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League commenced exhibition play in late September with a number of exhibition games. The first weekend in October saw the Annual Curtis Ross Memorial Classic take back to the ice in Fort Qu’Appelle after a one-year leave. The tournament offered local residents another weekend of exciting junior hockey. In the end it was the local boys who walked away with the trophy, the Fort Knox won with a 2-1 record in the tournament.

The 2002-2003 season saw a couple of familiar faces resurface within the league. Sean Raison (formerly of the Canora Cobras) signed on with the Pilot Butte Storm as the Head Coach and GM and Randy Lulashnyk (formerly of the St. Philips Rangers) sign on with the Fort Knox in the same roles. The other three teams maintained their coaches, as Chic Volsky entered is 11th season behind the Rebels bench with Randy Cuthill as GM, Rory Hoffman and Don Pankewich are back for the Caps and the Rangers have retained Darren Schwartz as their Head Coach and GM.

The season began October 8, 2002 with the Pilot Butte Storm travelling to Fort Qu’Appelle to take on the Knox. The Storm opened with a 5-1 victory. This proofed to be the beginning of the end for Head Coach / GM Randy Lulashnyk as the Knox started the season a dismal 2-8 and on the 4th of November the Knox executive decided to replace Randy with local resident Dave Ross of Fort Qu’Appelle. After the change the Knox has begun one of their own streaks going seven games without a loss. The season also saw a few SSJHL records break, as the Regina Capitals started the season on an amazing streak of 17-0 which shattered a SSJHL record for most consecutive wins to start a season formerly held by the 1994-95 Caps squad who started 12-0. They also broke a league record for most consecutive wins in a season formerly held by the 2001-02 Assiniboia Southern Rebels.

In the Survivor Series the Fort Knox took on the Pilot Butte Storm for the right to play the first place Regina Capitals. The Survivor Series went the distance for the second straight year with the Fort Knox squeaking out a 4-2 win in Fort Qu’Appelle.

In semi final action the second place Rebels knocked of the third place Rangers in five games and the first place Capitals swept the fourth place Knox.

The League Finals saw the defending champs Assiniboia Southern Rebels and the 1st Place Regina Capitals tangle in what proved to be one of the best SSJHL finals in years. In the end the Rebels needed five games to defeat the Caps. The SSJHL handed the Playoff MVP honors to Rockie Zinger and Derek Collier of the Assiniboia Southern Rebels

In the Provincial Final the Southern Rebels meet the Warman Valley Crusaders. Again the NSJHL was no match for the South as the Rebs disposed of the Crusaders in three straight games to claim the Provincial Crown.
 

2003 - 2004

The 2003-2004 season saw a number of changes within the SSJHL. The most significant change was the addition of another SSJHL team. The Notre Dame Hounds, who played exhibition games within the SSJHL last season, have joined on as a full member of the SSJHL. The Hounds will try to combine both their Jr. A and Jr. B teams and have coach, Rene Lemier & Tim Green, work closely with both clubs this season. In other news the St. Phillips Rangers have moved their operation from Kesesskoose First Nation by Kamsack, SK to the White Bear First Nation near Carlyle, SK. They will play out of the White Bear Veterans Memorial Complex and will now be known as the Moose Mountain Rangers. Rod McArhur will coach the Rangers and Brian Standingready will serve as GM. Two other teams have also changed their staff for the upcoming season. The Pilot Butte Storm has replaced Sean Raison with local resident, Larry Lolacher as Head Coach and Dale Lewgood as GM. The Regina Capitals were also forced to make a coaching change as Rory Hoffman stepped down from his post to spend more time with his wife and children. The Caps announced Mike Wirachowsky as their new head coach and Director of Player Personnel. Don Pankewich will remain as the teams GM. The Rebels maintained their staff, as Chic Volsky entered is 12th season behind the Rebels bench with Randy Cuthill as GM. In the Fort, the Knox stayed the norm as Dave Ross remained as Head Coach and Jim Williams as G.M.

2004 - 2005

  Darrell Kasper with the SSJHL president for the season and oversaw each team involved in a thirty-five game schedule.
  The Notre Dame Hounds (an inaugural 1996 league member) were back in the league for a second season, coached by Ted Hawkins, GM Bill Gibson and finished 5th overall.  Fort Knox coached by Dave Ross was 4th. While the Pilot Butte Storm under coach Larry Lolacher and GM Gary Paetsch finished third. The Assiniboia Southern Rebels under the tandem of Volsky and Tendler finished in second place behind the first place Regina Capitals who were coached by Bernie Lynch, and assisted by GM Don Pankewich.
  The St. Philips Rangers franchise had been moved South the prior year and continued their sophomore year as the Moose Mountain Rangers under head coach Charlie Bear and GM Bernie Shepherd.
 Some player achievements of that season was the Storm's Drew Istace top scorer with 93 points, top goalie was Tyson Lanz of the Rebels with a GAA of 2.21 and Rookie of the Year, Shane Baum of the Knox.
  In league playoffs, it was Pilot Butte over Assiniboia, the Knox defeating the Capitals while in the South final Pilot Butte edged the Knox in seven games. In the provincial final, the Saskatoon Royals took out the Storm in three straight games.
 

2005 - 2006

The SSJHL entered its 14th season. 6 Member Clubs will each play 40 games (20 home, 20 road). The SSJHL welcomed a familiar team to their league as the Tri Town Thunder from Carrot River began play in the 2005-06 season after competing in the NSJHL for the past few years. The league also welcomed the expansion Cypress Cyclones from Maple Creek for the 2005-06 campaign. The league also saw the absence of the successful Assiniboia Southern Rebels club who surprisingly took a 1 year leave of absence for the 2005-06 season.

The Pilot Butte Storm hosted the 2006 Young Guns All-Star game at the Pilot Butte Recreation Centre. The Young Guns defeated the MSU - Bottineau College Lumberjacks 6 - 4. The previous night the SSJHL veterans made the trek down to Bottineau, North Dakota and defeated the Lumberjacks squad 7 - 4.

The Regina Capitals earned the best regular season record to win the league pennant and then went on to capture the league championship by defeating the Pilot Butte Storm 4-1 in the best-of-seven final series. The Capitals than fell short in the Provincial final to the Saskatoon Royals losing 3 games to 1 in the best of five series.

2006 - 2007

The South Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League took another step towards the future by renaming the league to the Prairie Junior Hockey League in hopes of creating a more Provincial Junior B Hockey League. The PJHL is celebrating its 15th consecutive season of play. A total of five Member Clubs competing will play 38 games during the regular season. The teams include the Regina Capitals, Pilot Butte Storm, Fort Knox, Cypress Cyclones and the Southern Rebels from Assiniboia who returned to the league after taking a 1 year leave of absence.

The league welcomed the MSU - Bottineau College Lumberjacks from North Dakota to the league with each PJHL club playing two home and away games against their Southern partners. The PJHL also welcomed back a interlocking schedule with their northern rivals from the NSJHL with each PJHL club play a home and away game against each team from the north.

The Fort Knox from Fort Qu'Appelle will play host to this year's Keystone Cup - Western Canadian Junior B Championship from April 12 to 15th. The 4 day tournament will see teams from British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan and the host Fort Knox.


The Award winners for the South Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

INDIVIDUAL TROPHIES


TOP SCORER

06-07 Brennan Holloway (Fort Knox)
05-06 Shane Baum (Fort Knox)
Brennan Holloway (Fort Knox)
04-05 Drew Istace (Pilot Butte Storm)
03-04 Drew Istace (Pilot Butte Storm)
02-03 Sean Malone (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
01-02 John Cavanaugh (St. Philips Rangers)
00-01 John Cavanaugh (St. Philips Rangers)
99-00 John Cavanaugh (St. Philips Rangers)
98-99 Derrick Walbaum (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
97-98 Sean Raison (Canora Cobras)
96-97 Dave Drebert (Briercrest Bible College Clippers)
95-96 Jeremy Matuszewski (Briercrest Bible College Clippers)
94-95 Lanny Silbernagel (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
93-94 Dave Helland (Moose Jaw Canucks)
92-93 Tyler Large (Moose Jaw Canucks) 

TOP GOALTENDER
 

06-07 Matt Scott (Fort Knox)
05-06 Kelley Lueck (Regina Capitals)
04-05 Tyson Lanz (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
03-04 Jimmy Peterson (Regina Capitals)
02-03 Tyson Popowich (Regina Capitals)
01-02 Derek Collier (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
00-01 Sheldon Tuck (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
99-00 Justin Frank (Fort Knox)
98-99 Ken Henderson (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
97-98 Justin Frank (St. Philips Rangers)
96-97 Greg Johnston (Grenfell Storm)
95-96 Steve Yanyk (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
94-95 Shawn Morse (Regina Capitals)
93-94 Tim Ausum (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
92-93 Tim Ausum (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
 

06-07 Cade Slusar (Cypress Cyclones)
05-06 Shane Baum (Fort Knox)
04-05 Drew Istace (Pilot Butte Storm)
03-04 Mike Berg (Pilot Butte Storm)
02-03 Desmond Hartney (Regina Capitals)
01-02 Justin Dubasov (St. Philips Rangers)
00-01 Graham Lamb (Canora Cobras)
Justin Dubasov (St. Philips Rangers)
99-00 John Cavanaugh (St. Philips Rangers)
98-99 Derrick Walbaum (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
97-98 Chad Knittig (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
96-97 Calvin Watson (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
95-96 Corey Willms (Briercrest Bible College Clippers)
94-95 Lanny Silbernagel (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
Graham Christie (Grenfell Spitfires)
93-94 Dave Helland (Moose Jaw Canucks)
92-93 Marty Brown (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)


MOST SPORTSMANLIKE PLAYER
 

06-07 Brennan Holloway (Fort Knox)
05-06 Brennan Holloway (Fort Knox)
04-05 Shea Van Luven (Regina Capitals)
03-04 Emery Lavallee (Moose Mountain Rangers)
02-03 Mike Jones (St. Philips Rangers)
01-02 Sheldon Erfle (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
Desmond Hartney (Regina Capitals)
00-01 Marcus Crocker (Regina Capitals)
99-00 Jason Smith (Canora Cobras)
98-99 Marty Colwell (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
97-98 Sean Raison (Canora Cobras)
96-97 Calvin Watson (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
95-96 Lawnie Skrypnyk (Regina Express)
94-95 Dan Pelleiter (Regina Capitals)
93-94 Carey Taylor (Briercrest Bible College Clippers)
92-93 Shane Nelson (Briercrest Bible College Clippers)

GRAHAM CHRISTIE MEMORIAL ROOKIE-OF-THE-YEAR AWARD

06-07 Alfie Bear (Fort Knox)
05-06 Byron Alexander (Regina Capitals)
Blaise Novakowski (Pilot Butte Storm)
04-05 Shane Baum (Fort Knox)
03-04 Martin Grenier (Fort Knox)
Matt Sitko (Notre Dame Hounds)
Scott Arnold (Pilot Butte Storm)
02-03 Jarod Myers (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
01-02 Jereme Tendler (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
00-01 Josh Strukoff (St. Philips Rangers)
99-00 John Cavanaugh (St. Philips Rangers)
98-99 Mike Gabriel (Fort Knox)
97-98 Mike Weisgerber (Canora Cobras)
96-97 Paul Kasztelan (Fort Knox)
95-96 Not awarded
94-95 Not awarded
93-94 Not awarded
92-93 Not awarded
 

TOP DEFENSEMAN

06-07 Garret Stokke (Cypress Cyclones)
05-06 Curtis Markwart (Regina Capitals)
Mike Herauf (Pilot Butte Storm)
04-05 Wade Dupuis (Regina Capitals)
03-04 Kyle Ulmer (Regina Capitals)
02-03 Chase Schafer (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
01-02 Sheldon Erfle (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
00-01 Graham Lamb (Canora Cobras)
99-00 Graham Lamb (Canora Cobras)
98-99 Mike Gabriel (Fort Knox)
97-98 Nathan Kabrud (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
96-97 Nathan Kabrud (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
Eric Ballantyne (Briercrest Bible College Clippers)
95-96 Mark Lockhart (Briercrest Bible College Clippers)
94-95 Lee Jacques (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
Chad Sali (Regina Capitals)
93-94 Darrin Kruger (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
Kevin Digney (Regina Capitals)
92-93 Terry Pavely (Regina Capitals)
 

PETER DITTMANN MEMORIAL COACH-OF-THE-YEAR AWARD
 

06-07 Blaine Stork (Cypress Cyclones)
05-06 Mike Wirachowsky (Regina Capitals)
04-05 Bernie Lynch (Regina Capitals)
03-04 Mike Wirachowsky (Regina Capitals)
02-03 Rory Hoffman (Regina Capitals)
01-02 Jerry Volsky (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
00-01 Randy Lulashnyk (St. Philips Rangers)
99-00 Don Chesney (St. Philips Rangers)
98-99 Jerry Volsky (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
97-98 Jim Fedyk (Canora Cobras)
96-97 Jerry Volsky (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
95-96 John Bechtold (Briercrest Bible College Clippers)
94-95 Not awarded
93-94 Not awarded
92-93 Not awarded


PLAYOFF MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

06-07 Jordan Kaczmar (Pilot Butte Storm)
05-06 Kellen Sillinger (Regina Capitals)
04-05 Drew Istace (Pilot Butte Storm)
03-04 Jimmy Peterson (Regina Capitals)
02-03 Rockie Zinger (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
Derek Collier (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
01-02 Dan Cristo (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
00-01 Sheldon Tuck (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
99-00 Geoff Applegate (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
98-99 Derrick Walbaum (Assiniboia Southern Rebels)
97-98 Doug Wright (Fort Knox)
96-97 Donny Bidniak (Grenfell Storm)
95-96 Not awarded
94-95 Not awarded
93-94 Not awarded
92-93 Not awarded


TOP REFEREE

06-07 Sean Dufour
05-06 Chad Marshall
04-05 Jason Mercer
03-04 Jason Mercer
02-03 Terry Mayer
01-02 Terry Mayer
00-01 Lee Raffey 

TOP LINESMAN

06-07 Derek Nernberg
05-06 Ken Grad
04-05 Derrick Fox
03-04 Rob Lane
02-03 Brad McKeown

BARRY KARST MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
 

06-07 Grant Gilbertson (Cypress Cyclones)
05-06 Jordan Sanders (Regina Capitals)
Curtis Markwart (Regina Capitals)
04-05 Desmond Hartney (Regina Capitals)
03-04 Not awarded
02-03 Not awarded
01-02 Not awarded
00-01 Not awarded


REGULAR SEASON PENNANT WINNERS

 

06-07 Fort Knox
05-06 Regina Capitals
04-05 Regina Capitals
03-04 Regina Capitals
02-03 Regina Capitals
01-02 Assiniboia Southern Rebels
00-01 Assiniboia Southern Rebels
99-00 Assiniboia Southern Rebels
98-99 Assiniboia Southern Rebels
97-98 Regina Capitals
96-97 Grenfell Storm
95-96 Assiniboia Southern Rebels
94-95 Regina Capitals
93-94 Assiniboia Southern Rebels
92-93 Assiniboia Southern Rebels




 


PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONS (ATHOL MURRAY TROPHY)

06-07 Saskatoon Royals
05-06 Saskatoon Royals
04-05 Saskatoon Royals
03-04 Regina Capitals
02-03 Assiniboia Southern Rebels
01-02 Assiniboia Southern Rebels
00-01 Assiniboia Southern Rebels
99-00 Saskatoon Royals
98-99 Assiniboia Southern Rebels
97-98 Saskatoon Royals
96-97 Grenfell Storm
95-96 Assiniboia Southern Rebels
94-95 Regina Capitals
93-94 Kinistino Tigers
92-93 Kinistino Tigers

 

 

WESTERN CANADIAN CHAMPIONS (KEYSTONE CUP)

06-07 Saskatoon Royals (Saskatchewan)
05-06 Red Deer Vipers (Alberta)
04-05 Osoyoos Storm (British Columbia)
03-04 Regina Capitals (Saskatchewan)
02-03 Assiniboia Southern Rebels (Saskatchewan)

01-02 Sicamous Eagles (British Columbia)
00-01 Assiniboia Southern Rebels (Saskatchewan)
99-00 Edmonton River Kings (Alberta)
98-99 Fort William Hurricaines (Northern Ontario)
97-98 Ridge Meadows Flames (British Columbia)
96-97 Grenfell Storm (Saskatchewan)
95-96 Assiniboia Southern Rebels (Saskatchewan)

94-95 Lloydminster Bandits (Alberta)
93-94 Kinistino Tigers (Saskatchewan)
92-93 Lloydminster Bandits (Alberta)
91-92 Kinistino Tigers (Saskatchewan)
90-91 Kinistino Tigers (Saskatchewan)

89-90 Columbia Valley Rockies (British Columbia)
88-89 Columbia Valley Rockies (British Columbia)
87-88 Warman Valley Crusaders (Saskatchewan)
86-87 Calgary Bruins (Alberta)
85-86 Vermilion Tigers (Alberta)
84-85 Vermilion Tigers (Alberta)
83-84 Portage Terriers (Manitoba)
82-83 Selkirk Fisherman (Manitoba)

 


 

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS (BILL JOHNSTON CHALLENGE CUP)

06-07 Pilot Butte Storm
05-06 Regina Capitals
04-05 Pilot Butte Storm
03-04 Regina Capitals
02-03 Assiniboia Southern Rebels
01-02 Assiniboia Southern Rebels
00-01 Assiniboia Southern Rebels
99-00 Assiniboia Southern Rebels
98-99 Assiniboia Southern Rebels
97-98 St. Philips Rangers
96-97 Grenfell Storm
95-96 Assiniboia Southern Rebels
94-95 Regina Capitals
93-94 Notre Dame Hounds
92-93 Assiniboia Southern Rebels

 

PJHL 1st Team All-Stars

GOALTENDERS

 2006-07  Matt Scott (Fort Knox)


DEFENSEMAN

2006-07 Garett Stokke (Cypress Cyclones)
              Jared Erickson (Pilot Butte Storm)

 

LEFT WING

 2006-07 Brennan Holloway (Fort Knox)

CENTRE

 2006-07 Curtis Moorhead (Cypress Cyclones)

RIGHT WING

 2006-07 Cade Slusar (Cypress Cyclones)

 

PJHL All-Rookie All-Stars

Goaltenders

 2006-07 Everett Devlin (Fort Knox)


DEFENSEMAN

 2006-07 Andrew Sillers (Pilot Butte Storm)
                 Jason Gerlach (Fort Knox)

LEFT WING

 2006-07 Kevin Paul (Cypress Cyclones)

CENTRE

 2006-07 Steven Eberts (Cypress Cyclones)

RIGHT WING

 2006-07 Dana Friesen (Regina Capitals)

 





 

TEAM GP W L T OL TP
Quakers 19 17 2 0 0 34
Royals 21 11 10 0 0 22
Chiefs 16 9 6 0 1 19
Thunder 22 9 12 0 1 19
Titans 22 8 11 0 3 19
Westleys 20 8 12 0 0 16
Rage 22 4 16 0 2 10
TEAM GP W L T OL TP
Capitals 19 18 1 0 0 36
Fort Knox 21 17 4 0 0 34
Storm 21 9 11 0 1 19
Rebels 19 7 10 0 2 16
Silver Foxes 20 4 16 0 0 8
COMPLETE STANDINGS