Player Pathway for 15-year-old's beginning in 2023-24
Player Pathway for 15-Year-Olds (2008 birth years) starting in 2023-24:
Hockey Sask recently approved SMHA's application to have the following teams in 2023-24:
Four (4) teams in the Sask AA Hockey League U18 league - Saskatoon Icehawks, Saskatoon Sabercats & Saskatoon Screaming Eagles U18 teams comprised of 15-17 year-olds along with the Saskatoon Riverkings, comprised of 15-year-old's only.
One (1) new U16AA team that will compete in the new eight-team provincial 15-year-old AA league.
The plan is to have one tryout for all U18AA and U16AA with the Riverkings team being drafted first and then the three other U18AA teams. The new U16AA team will be the final team drafted.
15-year-old players that try out will have the following options in no particular order (assuming ranked high enough to be selected of course):
- Play with Riverkings in the U18AA league;
- Play on the U16AA team in the new league;
- Play on a U18AA team
- Return to their zone and play U18A
15-year old players will be asked to inform the Saskatoon AA Committee if they wish to opt into the U16AA league only - this would exclude the player from being selected by the Riverkings or one of the other three U18AA teams.
We expect some 15-year-old players to choose to play Riverkings if they can and, if not, to opt in to play on the new U16AA team instead of possibly being drafted by one of the three other U18AA.
Watch for more information coming from Saskatoon AA Hockey in the future.