Arntsen se­lected first in SJHL Draft

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Swift Cur­rent’s Cash Arntsen may have been passed over in the Western Hockey League Draft, but he was the first over­all se­lec­tion in the Saskatchew­an Ju­nior Hockey League Ban­tam Draft on Fri­day.

The rugged for­ward was cho­sen first over­all by the La Ronge Ice Wolves, who are coached by Swift Cur­rent’s Evan Vossen. Arntsen tied for the team lead with 54 points in 31 Saskatchew­an Ban­tam AA Hockey League games with the Swift Cur­rent Ka­bos Bron­cos.

Cen­tral Butte’s Hayden Wilm was the first pick of the sec­ond round, 13th over­all. He was also drafted by the Ice Wolves after fin­ish­ing with 54 points in 30 games. Wilm was a fifth round pick of the Kelowna Rock­ets in the WHL Ban­tam Draft and has signed to play with the Saska­toon Midget AAA Blaz­ers next sea­son.

De­fense­man Ryan Mc­cleary was se­lected by the York­ton Ter­ri­ers in the fourth round, 38th over­all. Mc­cleary was a fifth round pick of the Port­land Win­ter­hawks last month after reg­is­ter­ing 41 points in 31 games with the Ban­tam Bron­cos.

For­ward Noah Wills was se­lected in the fourth round, 42nd over­all, by the Wey­burn Red Wings. Wills tal­lied 45 points in 31 reg­u­lar sea­son games last sea­son.

Two more South­west skaters were se­lected in the fifth round. De­fense­man Wy­att Wil­son was taken 55th over­all by the Kin­der­s­ley Klip­pers. The Swift Cur­rent prod­uct skated for the Yale Ban­tam Prep team last sea­son and was drafted 116th by the Lethbridge Hur­ri­canes in the WHL Ban­tam Draft.

The Hum­boldt Bron­cos fol­lowed up by tak­ing Wy­mark’s Keagon Lit­tle with the 56th over­all pick. The 5’5’’ for­ward posted 26 points in 15 games dur­ing an in­jury short­ened reg­u­lar sea­son. He added 12 points in six play­off games with the Ka­bos Bron­cos.

Blake He­ward, the son of Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos As­sis­tant Coach and Di­rec­tor of Player De­vel­op­ment, Jamie He­ward, was drafted in the fourth round by the Este­van Bru­ins. The Regina prod­uct was a sev­enth round pick of the Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos in the WHL Ban­tam Draft.

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