The SJHL’s RBC Player Of The Year, and SGEU Most Valuable Player this season goes to this year’s league scoring champion, Chantz Petruic of the Yorkton Terriers. Petruic had a healthy lead in the goals and points department from start to finish this season, moving into some rare company, eclipsing both the 50-goal and 100-point plateaus in his 20-year-old campaign, and through 156 career games, he had 234-points, including 107-goals in the better part of three full seasons.
Petruic says he set some big goals and targets for himself this off-season. “In the summer I knew I’d have to work hard and take care of my body. I set goals before the season. I knew I could dominate and I really put a lot of pressure on myself to do that. It felt pretty amazing to get it done.”
Heading into the playoffs with home ice advantage in round one, and coming off an impressive winning streak, much of which was with Petruic out of the lineup late in the season, the Terrier Captain says he doesn’t feel like he has to do it all himself, as the supporting cast has been added to, and became better and better as the season wore on. “Our young guys have been unbelievable, they have fit right in and have been very impactful in our success. Bond has been awesome for us in the pipes too. It’s impressive how mature our rookies play, and getting Zawatsky and the Taphorn’s WHL experience in our lineup has been huge. need to learn how to compete every night no matter what the opponent is. Every team can win.”
The Moose Jaw product played one year of WHL hockey with his hometown Warriors so isn’t eligible for NCAA hockey, but is sure to have plenty of suitors in the Canadian University and professional ranks for next season.
“As for next year. Plans are still up in the air. Waiting until the end of the season to make a decision and at the end of the day it’s what makes most sense for me, and where I feel comfortable.”