Minor hockey players from 10 teams across Saskatchewan will soon have the opportunity to watch Western Canada’s elite junior hockey athletes play live at a WHL game.

The winning teams chosen this year from more than 65 entries in the Western Hockey League Youth Experience Contest are from the communities of Dinsmore, Eatonia/Leader, Ochapowace, Preeceville, Glaslyn, Watrous/Imperial, Kyle, Eston, Kinistino/Birch Hills and Tisdale.

The contest is held in conjunction with SaskEnergy Hockey Day in Saskatchewan, which will be organizing its 5th annual province-wide event on January 21, 2012. Hockey Day is dedicated to celebrating and promoting the game of hockey throughout the Province while also serving to
strengthen community spirit.

“SaskEnergy congratulates the 10 winning teams from across the province and is pleased to partner up with the WHL to invest in Saskatchewan’s young hockey players,” said Honourable Dustin Duncan, Minister Responsible for SaskEnergy. “We hope the shared hockey experience will be a lot of fun, but will also help to strengthen and motivate them as individuals and as a team.”

Team – WHL game – Date
Dinsmore Novice Dynamos – Moose Jaw Warriors– Friday, January 20
Eatonia/Leader Atom Huskies/Flyers – Moose Jaw Warriors– Friday, January 20
Kinistino/Birch Hills Novice Tigers/Hawks – Prince Albert Raiders – Saturday, January 21
Tisdale Bantam Ramblers – Prince Albert Raiders – Friday, January 20
Ochapowace Novice Thunder – Regina Pats – Saturday, January 21
Preeceville Novice Pats – Regina Pats – Friday, January 20
Watrous/Imperial Peewee Hawks – Saskatoon Blades – Friday, January 20
Glaslyn Atom North Stars – Saskatoon Blades – Friday, January 20
Eston Novice Ramblers – Swift Current Broncos – Friday, January 20
Kyle Mighty Novice Elks – Swift Current Broncos – Friday, January 20

WHL Youth Experience Contest

As part of the 2012 Hockey Day celebrations, SaskEnergy will send selected minor hockey teams to a WHL game in each of Saskatchewan’s WHL cities during the weekend activities. 

 “The WHL Youth Experience Contest has allowed more than 200 minor hockey players and coaches to attend live WHL action.  This contest provides a team-building experience and a chance for young teams to realize the positive outcomes hockey can bring through hard work and dedication,” said Kelly McClintock, General Manager of the Saskatchewan Hockey Association.

Minor hockey teams from all over Saskatchewan are encouraged to fill out an application form with a brief description of their team and why they want to catch some WHL action at Ten minor hockey teams will be selected and each will receive tickets to a WHL game in the city nearest their community.

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