For the second consecutive year, the SJHL and MJHL have joined together to put on an exhibition Showcase tournament. The games will be far from meaningless, as there will be scouts and plenty of eyes watching all six games intently.
Just one Weyburn Red Wing was named to the SJHL Team — the least of any team in the league — and that was local product, Ben Hiltz.
"It's a huge honour from the league. I attended last year, so I'm kind of familiar with how the whole situation works. It's just a huge honour to be credited by such a good league," Hiltz said. "Playing in front of scouts and stuff, it's nice to get that exposure. It's a great event put on by the league and it should be a good time."
Hiltz has enjoyed a strong campaign despite some team struggles this season. The 19-year-old has registered 17 goals and 40 points in 37 games this year.
This won't be the first appearance for the Weyburn product at the SJHL/MJHL Showcase event. He made it last year on the under 18-year-old squad. Both leagues send two 19 and 20-year-old rosters and just one comprised of the younger players.
Although Hiltz said it will be weird having no teammates this time around, his experiences last year will help him ease into playing with new linemates.
"Those experiences are nice for me. It's a little different in some situations, but I think all the good players around the league have the same idea of how we want to go about things," he said. "It might get a little lonely, especially without my roommates this time."
A few other Red Wings could have made the team, but ultimately Hiltz was the lone selection. Estevan and Flin Flon led the way with eight players each in the tournament, while Notre Dame, Nipawin and Melfort followed closely behind with seven each.
The SJHL/MJHL Showcase will take place on January 14 and 15 in Regina. Each team will play two games during the Showcase with a chance for the players to show their stuff on the big stage.
For a complete list of all the player's selected, see the tweets below.