Looking for a repeat trip to the University Cup final, the University of Saskatchewan Huskie men's hockey team will welcome five new faces to the program for the 2017-18 season.
Included in the recruitment class are forwards Collin Shirley, Carter Folk, Taylor Sanheim and Jesse Shynkaruk, as well as goaltender Taran Kozun. Also eligible to play in 2017-18 are MacKenzie Johnston and Alex Forsberg. Johnston sat out 2016-17 for U SPORTS transfer rules, while Forsberg was rehabbing a shoulder injury.
"The Huskie men's hockey program has a strong student-athlete tradition," said head coach Dave Adolph. "As competitive as our league is status quo will not give us a chance to be successful again this year, so we had to improve."
The quest for Canada West dominance begins on October 6-7 in a home-and-home series with provincial rival the Regina Cougars.
2017-18 Men's Hockey Recruits:
Taran Kozun, Goaltender
The 6-1 Nipawin, Sask., native was named the WHL's top goaltender in 2014-15, as well as a WHL Western Conference First Team All-Star for the Seattle Thunderbirds before spending a season in the ECHL. In 2014-15, Kozun played in 60 games for the Thunderbirds and posted a 2.41 GAA and .915 save percentage.
Collin Shirley, Forward
A left wing/centre, the 6-2 Shirley tallied 114 goals and 119 assists in his WHL career with the Kamloops Blazers. The Saskatoon native also had 13 points in 13 career WHL playoff games for the Blazers. In 2016-16, he was named captain.
Carter Folk, Forward
Folk, a left winger, spent three seasons with the Lethbridge Hurricanes before joining the Victoria Royals in 2016-17. The Regina native finished his WHL career with 33 goals and 46 assists.
Taylor Sanheim, Forward
From Elkhorn, Man., Sanheim played three seasons with the WHL's Calgary Hitmen, before finishing his junior career with the Penticton Vees in the BCHL. The 5-11 left winger helped the Vees to the BCHL championship title.
Jesse Shynkaruk, Forward
Finishing his WHL career with the Saskatoon Blades, Shynkaruk, a 5-9 left winger, scored 31 goals and 25 assists in his final WHL season. He also spent time with the Kamloops Blazers and Moose Jaw Warriors. He was a member of the Telus Cup champion Saskatoon Contacts in 2012-13.
Alex Forsberg, Forward
(was announced in 2016-17, but rehabbed an injury and didn't consume eligibility)
Spending time with four different WHL teams, centre Alex Forsberg has 87 career WHL goals. In 2015-16, the Waldheim, Sask., native finished ninth in league scoring with 31 goals and 60 assists for the Victoria Royals.
MacKenzie Johnston, Defenceman
(sat out 2016-17 to comply with U SPORTS eligibility rules)
Spending time with three different WHL teams, defenceman MacKenzie Johnston joins the Huskies from the Mount Royal University Cougars. Sitting out 2016-17 for U SPORTS transfer rules, Johnston played in 56 games with the Cougars in 2014-15 and 2015-16.