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Information for Prospective Terriers

The league's largest centre...
Highest game attendance...
2013-14 RBC Cup Champions...
2005-06 RBC Cup finalists...
Solid community-owned team...
Extensive media coverage...
And more!
 
We'll help you take your hockey and academic skills to the next level.
Thanks for checking out the Yorkton Terrier Junior A Hockey Club, our community, and the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League as you prepare to make a decision about your future for the next few years.
 
Our goal is simple... we want to provide you with opportunities to go the next level, as a player, as a student, and as a person. We are looking for quality young men who believe that being part of a strong and cohesive team will help them develop their skills and their personality.
 
Like the Terriers, the league believes in development of players and students. The Terriers and the league operate in a competitive environment where skill and dedication are needed to succeed in the league, and beyond in interprovincial and national Royal Bank Cup competition.
 
Our graduating players in recent years have gone on to play at the Ferris State University, University of Lake Superior State, Union College, University of Minnesota-Duluth, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota, Brandon (MB) University, University of Regina, Holy Cross University, University of Alaska, Princeton University, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology,  other colleges throughout the United States, and on minor pro league teams in the U.S.
 
Coming off a great season that saw the Terriers be crowned National Champions in Vernon, BC in May 2014. We are looking for players who want to learn and develop, who have the dedication to succeed, and who will be proud to wear the Terrier crest on their chest in a community where Terrier hockey is the major focus from fall to spring.
 
The community of Yorkton, the Terrier organization, and our players are looking forward to living our dreams together!
 
Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League web site: www.sjhl.ca.
Trent Cassan, Head Coach / General Manager
 
The 2016-17 season will be Trent’s seventh season as Terriers Head Coach. He will be in his second season as the General Manager; he previously served as the Associate GM for four season's prior to becoming the GM. In 2013-14 Trent led the Terriers to their most successful season in franchise history. The Terriers won the SJHL regular season pennant posting a 37-12-7. In the playoffs the team posted a 12 and 2 mark to capture their second consecutive SJHL Canalta Cup. The Terriers advanced to Dauphin, Manitoba where they defeated the host Kings to capture the Western Canada Cup. From there the Terrier advanced to the organizations fifth RBC Cup National Championship in Vernon, BC. Despite starting the tournament with two losses the Terriers rebounded with four straight wins, including a dramatic 4-3 overtime victory over the Carleton Place Canadians to capture the franchises first RBC National Championship.

In 2013 Trent also captured a bronze medal while serving as an Assistant Coach for Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Trent now will have the opportunity to be the Head Coach of Team Canada West for the 2014 World Junior A Challenge, which takes place in Kindersley, SK in December.

Before taking over as Head Coach, Trent served as the team Assistant Coach and Marketing Director. Trent played three season of Junior Hockey with the Terriers from 2001-2004. 

Upon completion of his junior career Trent played four seasons of collegiate hockey at the NCAA Division III level with the Geneseo State Ice Knights. During Trent’s four years at Geneseo the Ice-Knights captured back-to-back League Championships.

Casey O'Brien, Assistant Coach/ Assistant General Manager

Casey returns for his sixth season as the Assistant Coach of the Terriers and his third season as the Assistant General Manager. Last season, he assisted Trent in getting the Terriers back into the playoffs after missing the playoffs in 2014-15. 

Casey focuses on the defensemen, team systems, player profiles for colleges and other day to day operations in the hockey club. During his time as the Terrier defense coach he has assisted in 3 defensemen in NCAA Division 1 commitments and numerous of his defensemen recognized for SJHL league awards for top defensemen of week, month and year awards.

 In October 2013, he served as an Assistant Coach for Team Saskatchewan at the Western Canada U16 Branch Cup.

From Gloucester, Ontario, Casey played his junior hockey in the CJHL (now renamed CCHL) for the Nepean Raiders and Ottawa Jr. Senators. After junior hockey, he played five seasons for the University of Guelph Gryphons in the CIS.

After Guelph, Casey played two seasons professionally in Norway as a player coach. He also had a brief stint in the SPHL for the Twin Cities Cyclones. Before joining the Terriers, he was the Player Development Coach at the Banff Hockey Academy for two years. 

Casey and his wife, Laura, and their two year son Caleb. Laura is teacher at St. Henry's Senior School and they reside in Melville with the two dogs, Kota and Teddy.

 

Eric Anderson, Marketing Director / Public Relations

 
 
Nathan Hollinger – Athletic Therapist / Equipment Manager
 
Nathan is returning for his second season with the Terriers after joining the organization in July of 2015. 
 
Originally from Grenfell, SK, Nathan graduated from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Kinesiology, majoring in Human Kinetics in 2015. He also has his Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy from Mount Royal University in Calgary. 
 
While obtaining his university education, he was able to gain valuable work experience at various times with the University of Regina's Men's hockey team, the Calgary Royals Midget AAA hockey team, and the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League.

 

The Team:
 
The Terriers play a 58-game schedule from mid September through early March in the 12-team SJHL. The league playoffs begin in March and end in mid to late-April with the SJHL Canalta Cup being awarded to the League Champion. The League Champion moves on to play in the Western Canada Cup. The Western Canada Cup replaced the Anavet Cup in the 2012-13 season. The Anavet Cup was a seven game series between the SJHL and MJHL champions with the winner advancing to the national championship.
 
The Western Canada Cup is the qualifier for the National Championship. The BCHL, AJHL, SJHL and MJHL Champions will all participate in the WCC along with the host team. The two top teams after the WCC play down will advance to the National Junior “A” Championship, the RBC Royal Bank Cup. The four leagues will rotate every four years for hosting the WCC. The Nanaimo Clippers of the BCHL hosted the inaugural event in April 2013. The Dauphin Kings of the MJHL hosted in April 2014 where the Terriers won the WCC. The Estevan Bruins of the SJHL recently hosted the 2016 WCC. This season the Pentiction Vees of the BCHL will be hosting the fifth annual WCC in April 2017 in Penticton, BC.
 
The SJHL has enjoyed a great deal of success on the intra provincial and national level, winning the ANAVET CUP twenty-six times in its thirty-four year existence. At the Royal Bank Cup Championship the SJHL traditionally has done very well. Humboldt (2003), Weyburn (2005),Humboldt (2008) and Yorkton (2014) have all won the event in recent years with Yorkton (2006) and Kindersley (2004) finishing as national finalists.  
 
The Terriers average three games a week, participiate in dryland training, and have practices the mornings of all non-game days.
 
The hockey club supplies players with all outer equipment (helmets, sticks, gloves, pants, socks and jerseys), and gets great discounts on all other equipment needed by the players. Because of Yorkton's central location, most road trips are less than three hours. While on the road, the Terriers use a state-of-the-art charter bus fully equipped with VCRs, TVs, CD players and washroom facilities.
 
The Yorkton Terrier Hockey Club is operated by a community-owned not-for-profit organization under the leadership of a volunteer board of directors elected at the annual meeting. The hockey club and its hundreds of volunteers carry out extensive fund-raising projects to support the team and its players.
The Arena:
 
Home for the Terriers is the Farrell Agencies Arena in the Gallagher Centre, Yorkton's newly renovated and expanded recreation complex.
 
Along with the arena, the Centre houses an indoor lane swimming pool with waterslide and leisure water recreation areas, sauna, hot tub, meeting and convention facilities, a fieldhouse used for soccer, volleyball, track, trade shows, entertainment events and more, and an eight-sheet curling club.
 
The Terriers have their own dressing room, training room/player lounge, skate sharpening, offices for coaching and administration staff, and a popular souvenir shop in the main lobby. Free gym memberships are provided to the players at a downtown facility.
Gallagher Centre web site: www.gallaghercentre.com
 
 
Player Accommodations:
 
Full room and board is provided at the expense of the hockey club and at no cost to the players. Players are billeted with host families within Yorkton, who have been screened by the team to ensure the players have a good home. Players without vehicles are billeted with teammates who do, so that rides to and from the rink and school are not a problem.
 
 
Education:
 
High school classes are available to all players. Yorkton has both a public and a Catholic high school, and both schools have counselors who work closely with the hockey club to ensure that players classes are co-ordinated with game and practice schedules. Tutoring is also available if required.
 
University classes are available through the local regional college. The first two years of university can be completed in Yorkton. Players are reimbursed their tuition fees on successful completion of university classes. Help is also available to prepare players for SAT exams, and NCAA clearinghouse requirements.
 
Getting Noticed:
 
Terrier and SJHL games are scouted extensively by NCAA colleges, Canadian universities, minor pro and NHL teams. Scouts are provided with player profiles and information by the coaching staff to keep them informed about the accomplishments of players. The Terrier and league web sites also provide player details and stats.
 
 
Our Community:
 
Yorkton, with a population of about 19,000, is the largest centre in the SJHL. It has a large retail trading area of about 200,000 people, which means that all essential stores and services, including big-box stores, are located in the city.
 
It is the largest community on the Yellowhead Highway between Winnipeg (4.5 hours east) and Saskatoon (3.25 hours west). Regina is less than two hours away to the south.
 
The city has ample accommodation facilities, several excellent golf courses in or near the city, and lots of hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, skiing and other outdoor activities at nearby provincial parks.
 
The Gallagher Centre, where the Farrell Agencies Arena is the home of the Terriers, is one of the finest such recreation centres in the province.
Yorkton is the media centre for eastern Saskatchewan and western Manitoba, with two local newspapers, two radio stations, television stations, and two cable TV outlets that provide live game broadcasts and extensive coverage of the team and the league.

Want to Contact Us?

Yorkton Terriers
Box 277
Yorkton, SK Canada
S3N 2V7

Trent Cassan

Tel: Head Coach Fax: 306-782-4633

Phone: 306-783-4077