While the Power Dodge Estevan Bruins 2016/17 season came to an end at the start of April, a rookie forward with the club has seen his year continue where it started.
Jayden Davis (17) played 45 regular season games and 8 playoff games with the Bruins' in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) this year, but that has been sandwiched by stints with the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League (WHL).
After the Bruins' were eliminated from the playoffs in the semi-final by the eventual champion Battlefords North Stars, Davis was called back up to Lethbridge as an extra body for their playoff run which has now extended into the WHL semi-final round.
Lethbridge has advanced to the Eastern Conference final after a Game 7 overtime win over the Medicine Hat Tigers. Davis' checked into the lineup for two games in the series while sitting as a healthy scratch in three others.
While his ice-time is limited as a depth player with the Hurricanes, the speedster from Alameda is soaking up every bit of the experience he can.
"I'm not playing too many minutes, I'm here in case somebody gets hurt and then I can jump into a spot," explained Davis ahead of the Hurricanes' semi-final matchup against the top-ranked Regina Pats. "It's still been an unbelievable experience."
"Even just being on the bench in front of these crowds has been insane."
Davis started the season in Lethbridge, where he played in two regular season games and tallied his first career WHL point with an assist. After a month with the Bruins, Davis was recalled by the Hurricanes in November for one week during a road trip before returning back to Estevan.
Despite travelling all over western Canada and staying focused on graduating from Oxbow Prairie Horizons School in June, Davis has been very grateful for the year it has been in 2016/17.
"It's been a little bit of a roller coaster ride, but it's been really fun," adds Davis. "Being in Lethbridge and learning, then going to the Bruins to learn and develop, now returning to the Hurricanes...it's been awesome."
The Lethbridge Hurricanes and Regina Pats begin their Best-of-7 series on Friday, April 21st from the Brandt Centre in Regina.