The Estevan Bruins have enjoyed success in terms of recruiting this offseason, bringing in two midget AAA scoring champions and other talented young players.
Forward Tanner Humber-Dredge, born in 2002, comes to the Bruins from the Pinnacle Growlers form the Newfoundland-Labrador Major Midget Hockey League. He led the league in scoring with 48 points (19 goals, 29 assists) in 30 games. He also won the league MVP award.
Previously, they signed forward Mason Beck, also born in 2002, from the South Shore Mustangs of the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League (NSMMHL). Beck joins the club after leading the NSMMHL in scoring with 69 points in 34 games.
It’s believed Humber-Dredge and Beck are the first two midget AAA or major midget scoring champions to commit to the Bruins since Jesse Bernard, who led the Manitoba midget AAA loop in scoring in 2010-11 and started the 2011-12 season with Estevan.
Other players to commit include:
- Brandon Ambrozik, a 2002-born forward from the Winnipeg Thrashers of the Manitoba Midget AAA Hockey League. He finished tied for fifth in league scoring with 65 points in 48 games.
- Samuel Gallant, also a 2002-born forward, from the Dartmouth Major Midgets of the NSMMHL. He finished tied for third in league scoring with 49 points in 32 games.
- Eric Clark, a 2002-born goaltender from the North Vancouver Wolfpack in the Pacific International Junior Hockey League. Clark boasted a record of 17-0 with a .914 save percentage last season.
As for Saskatchewan recruits, 2002-born defenceman Matt Millette from the Regina Pat Canadians in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League has committed to the club. Millette had five goals and 14 points in 38 games last season. He also played one game with the Bruins as an affiliated player.
Forward Lucius Schmidt, also born in 2002, from the Moose Jaw Warriors in the SMAAAHL has committed to the Black and Gold. He had 12 goals and 29 points in 43 games with the Warriors last season.