While the season as a whole has been up and down for the Estevan Bruins, the individual performances put on by certain players have earned notice from the rest of the SJHL. Case in point: an extremely Bruin-heavy roster for the SJHL/MJHL showcase.
On the younger team, team Schwartz, the Bruins will have Grant Boldt between the pipes, Kade McMillen on defense, and Isaiah Thomas representing them up front. Chris Lewgood, the team's head coach and GM, will be the head coach of the team as well.
Thomas, Boldt, and McMillen are all 2000-born players in their first full season in the SJHL. Thomas leads all Bruins rookies in scoring with 18 points in 40 games, a total that would've led the Bruins through the entire season last year. He is also tied for eighth among all rookies.
McMillen has two goals and six assits on the year for eight points on the back end. Boldt, meanwhile, has taken the starting goaltending job in Estevan and boasts a 2.68 GAA and a .907 save percentage.
As for the veteran players, defensemen Johnny Witzke and Jake Heerspink will make their second appearances at the showcase for team Kunitz. Witzke and Heerspink sit first and second in the SJHL in goals by defensemen with ten and nine each.
Joining Witzke and Heerspink on team Kunitz are the Bruins two leading scorers, Michael McChesney and Turner Ripplinger. Both McChesney and Ripplinger are firing at a point-per-game clip on the year, with Ripplinger leading the way with 19 goals and 20 assists in 39 games. McChesney has 18 goals and 18 assists in 36 games.
Meanwhile, on team Mitchell, the Bruins final representative will be Will Koop. Koop was a member of the MJHL last year and will face off against old foes. He has played only eight games due to injury, but has nine points.
The SJHL/MJHL Showcase will take place in Regina on January 14 and 15. Last year the SJHL won five of the six games. The Bruins eight players is the most of any team in the SJHL.