Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

“Special day” for Broncos in Cudworth



With a week off in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League schedule the Broncos took the day Wednesday to reacquaint themselves with a legend.

The team hit the highway to Cudworth where home arena namesake and SJHL Hall of Famer Elgar Petersen now resides. The team went for a skate at the rink that recently completed fundraising for an artificial ice plant and stayed to share a meal with Petersen and other residents at the care centre. Head Coach Darcy Haugan said his first meeting with Petersen was “special.”

“What a special day that was for sure. I will definitely remember this forever, our players will remember this forever as well,” he said.

In a Facebook post, Haugan pointed to one question he posed to Petersen, “who is your favourite Bronco?” “They all are,” Petersen replied.


Haugan was also busy this week preparing for the Dec. 1, Canadian Junior Hockey League cut down day. The Broncos made a couple moves getting to 25 cards.

Humboldt made a move for goaltender Parker Tobin from the Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League for a player development fee (PDF). Haugan said there’s a strong chance Jacob Wassermann will be donning a Team Canada West jersey at the World Junior “A” Challenge in Nova Scotia.

“I think he’s a real solid goaltender. With the possibility of losing Jacob for December we needed to make this move,” he said.

On the flip side, Haugan said the Team West invite for the 17 year-old Humboldt netminder is a remarkable accomplishment.

“We’re thrilled for Jacob, we’re thrilled for our organization as well as the city of Humboldt. He is going to represent us well. From what I’m hearing he has a very good chance to crack that squad,” Haugan said.

Camp begins Saturday in Calgary.

The Broncos also acquired McKullen Astill from the Merritt Centennials, also for a PDF. The 19 year-old Edmonton product has one point in 15 games in the British Columbia Junior Hockey League this year. Haugan said the numbers don’t tell the story.

“We like what we saw when we watched him on film more so than some other players being dangled out there. We feel his stats can be misleading,” Haugan said.

Astill has played nationally for Norway and has family in the Spalding area.

The Broncos return to action Saturday at the Elgar Petersen Arena hosting the resurgent Yorkton Terriers, puck drop is 7:30.