Top Prospects Battle It Out in Sask First Male U15 Tournament Back in Balgonie



By Hockey Saskatchewan

BALGONIE, Sask. – Hockey Saskatchewan, in collaboration with the Western Hockey League (WHL), is thrilled to announce the return of the eagerly awaited Sask First Male Under-15 (U15) Top 80 Tournament, set to unfold from February 16 to 18, 2024, in the charming town of Balgonie, Sask.

This annual event, now a cherished tradition in Saskatchewan, once again graces the Balgonie Arena, drawing talented young hockey enthusiasts from every corner of the province. It serves as a premier platform for these rising stars to exhibit their prowess and vie against the finest competition.

Following evaluations during the Male U15 Top 160 Tournament in December 2023, a select cohort of 80 players emerged as contenders for the upcoming tournament. This group will be reshaped into four teams, ready to engage in a riveting round-robin competition under the guidance of Sask First coaches.

Kicking off on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 16, the tournament will feature a series of thrilling matches throughout the weekend, culminating in the highly anticipated finals slated for Sunday morning.

Beyond the thrill of competition, this tournament holds significant implications as the third phase in the selection process for Team Saskatchewan’s upcoming season. Following the Top 80 Tournament, the most promising 25-32 players will be selected to participate in Summer and Fall camps, ultimately leading to the final assembly of 20 athletes who will proudly represent their province at the prestigious 2024 WHL Cup in October.

More than just a showcase of talent, the Sask First program presents a golden opportunity for players to refine their skills and catch the discerning eyes of scouts from various leagues, including the WHL. Representatives from the 22 junior clubs will be present, meticulously assessing players for the upcoming 2024 WHL Prospects Draft.


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The Sask First program, introduced by Hockey Saskatchewan in 1988, has been a source of immense pride and achievement in our province. This high-performance initiative was crafted with the dual goal of enhancing the game's comprehension and nurturing the growth of exceptional players, coaches, trainers, officials, and administrators. It empowers participants, enriching them as individuals, fostering self-satisfaction, and enhancing their enjoyment within the hockey community.


Hockey Saskatchewan was established in 1912 and is the governing body for organized hockey in the province of Saskatchewan. With a mission to lead, develop and promote positive hockey experiences, Hockey Saskatchewan encourages competition at all levels – from recreational to high performance. Hockey Saskatchewan has grown through the years and is Saskatchewan’s largest sports organization with over 40,000 members comprised of players, coaches, and officials. For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and X.

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