The Sask First Program was introduced by Hockey Saskatchewan in 1988 and since that time the program has brought great pride and accomplishment within our province. The Sask First Program was designed to provide a better understanding of the game as well as to promote the development of quality players, coaches, trainers, officials and administrators. The participants are enriched as individuals and can achieve self-satisfaction and enjoyment as part of the hockey community.
The Sask First Program promotes a team concept which encompasses the pursuit of common goals. It is emphasized that everyone on the team must pursue their personal goals within the team environment and that no one individual is more important than the team. Team success comes from all team members melding their talents, skills and energies toward the achievement of the team's goals.
The Sask First Program is about respecting the past, the tradition. Successes such as the gold medal performances at the 2019 WHL Cup, 1995 Canada Winter Games, the 1998 Western International Under 17 Hockey Challenge and the 2004 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge are bench marks to remember and use as an incentive for future achievements.
The Sask First High Performance Program begins every December with regional camps held in the province and are open to all players in the U15 category. From there, the top players are invited to take place in the Sask First Tournament held in December (top 160), the a second tournament in February (top 80) at which time the top 25-30 are chosen to attend the upcoming summer camp. The process ensures all players not only have the opportunity to compete with their peers, but receive significant exposure as all Sask First events are highly attended by scouts from a variety of elite leagues. In addition, the Sask First Program is a gateway to Hockey Canada’s High Performance Program which includes their National Teams such as the World Juniors.
Hockey Saskatchewan created this elite Sask First Program to ensure not only players, but coaches and officials all receive ample opportunity for development both on and off the ice. The Sask First Program is unique as no other provincial branches offer such as in depth developmental program for athletes, coaches and officials. It remains the mission of Hockey Saskatchewan to Lead, promote and develop positive hockey experiences across the entire Province of Saskatchewan.
Male Under-15: 2021-22 Program
1. Regional Camp
2. Top 160 Tournament
3. Top 80 Tournament
- Dates: February 18th - 20th, 2022
- Athletes Born: 2007
- Balgonie, SK
- Registration Information:
- Available to those players that have been selected to progress from the Top 160 Tournament
4. Summer / Fall Camp