New SJHL 58-game season for 2021-22 released

The puck will drop on the 2021/22 SJHL season starting on Friday, Sept. 24, and will feature a full 58-game schedule. All 12 of league’s representing teams will be in action for a home-and-home set on opening weekend. For the Weyburn Red Wings, this will be with the Melville Millionaires, starting in Weyburn on the 24th.

After attempting to utilize a North/South Division split in the cancelled 2020/21 campaign, the SJHL will return to its more familiar three-division format in 2021/22. Weyburn will play in the Viterra Division, along with Estevan, Melville and Yorkton.

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The top eight teams regardless of where they finish within their division will advance to the SJHL playoffs.

Each team will play their natural rival 10 times throughout the season and every other team within their division eight times. Teams will then face off against the remaining eight teams from across the league four times apiece, rounding out the 58-game regular season.

All 12 SJHL teams will have an opportunity at showcasing their skills in front of fans and scouts alike when the SJHL Showcase returns to the Legends Centre in Warman, from Oct. 4-6.

Each team will play two regular season games (one home, one away) throughout the three-day hockey filled extravaganza.

After three consecutive and successful years of Saskatchewan hosting the annual all-star event, the SJHL/MJHL Showcase will head across provincial borders and into Manitoba, where the top players representing each league will square off at the Seven Oaks Sportsplex in Winnipeg. The event, which features two veteran teams and one young guns team from each league, will take place on January 25-26, 2022.

The regular season will conclude on Sunday, March 6, 2022. Weyburn’s last season game is on March 5 at home against Estevan.

Following the conclusion of the 2021/22 regular season, and the subsequent two rounds of the SJHL Playoffs, the SJHL Championship Finals is slated to begin on Friday, April 8, 2022.

The SJHL Championship team will then advance to take on the champion representing the Manitoba Junior Hockey League in the ANAVET Cup. The best-of-seven series is scheduled to start on Friday, April 29th, 2022.

After the conclusion of the ANAVET Cup, the SJHL, and more specifically, the Estevan Bruins will host the National Junior-A Championships, better known as the Centennial Cup.

Tournament play is scheduled to begin in Estevan on Friday, May 20, 2022.