The first-ever SJHL/MJHL Showcase staged recently in Regina was a success in many ways. Scouts had the opportunity to evaluate highly skilled players from two provinces, while players were able to compare their skill level to others in a highly competitive atmosphere.
“The inaugural Showcase with the SJHL was a very positive event for both leagues in many ways,” MJHL Director of Operations Kevin Saurette said. “Most importantly it allowed our athletes the chance to showcase themselves in a highly competitive environment in front of many scouts and coaches from all levels.”
A total of 60 players were selected to represent the MJHL in the two-day Showcase.
Steinbach Pistons’ GM/Head Coach Paul Dyck was selected to work the bench of Team Garbutt (name after Winnipeg Blues’/NHL alumni Ryan Garbutt. The MJHL’s other teams were Team Belfour (named in honour of Winkler Flyer/NHL alumni Ed Belfour) and Team Zajac (St. James Canadians/NHL alumni Travis Zajac).
“I enjoyed being able to connect face-to-face with many of the coaches I have built relationships with via phone conversations over the past few years,” Dyck said. “I thought our players represented our league very well. It was an opportunity for them to grow as player and see first-hand where they may stack up against their peers.”
The Showcase was unique in many ways, with MJHL players having to quickly get to know their new linemates, who only days earlier had been MJHL competitors.
“The event itself was very professionally ran and generated far reaching positive brand exposure for both leagues,” said Saurette. “It was well attended by scouts and fans alike who were all very impressed by both the on ice and off ice product. From an immediate standpoint, it was very successful.”
“Going forward, both leagues will de-brief over the next few weeks covering all areas and go from there with discussions for planning future showcase events.”