A local hockey player has just been named the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League's first Player of the Week for 2019.
Kyle Bosch, who was raised in Kindersley and plays for the Kindersley Klippers, was given the award after his performances versus the La Ronge Ice Wolves over the weekend at the West Central Events Centre in Kindersley.
During Friday night's contest, he netted a hat trick in a 6-5 overtime loss to the Ice Wolves, then followed that up with a goal and two helpers when the Klippers shut out the Ice Wolves 5-0 on Saturday. His 6 points in those two games helped point the spotlight onto him.
"Honestly, it was surprising at first. I felt excited about it and I was honoured to get it," he said. "I had help from my linemates there and they set me up quite a few times; that's how the goals came."
Bosch is the second Klipper to receive the honour this season after teammate Josh Fletcher was dubbed Player of the Week back in December. La Ronge's Zach Bannister was a runner up for behind Bosch for the award.
This is Kyle's third year of junior hockey. He's already set career highs in goals, assists and points while currently leading the team in those same statistic categories. He has 13 goals and 20 assists for 33 points in 37 games. His play on the ice this season has shown how much he wants to taste success before his years of junior are behind him, and his effort is helping the team stay competitive at the top of the league standings.
"Obviously getting Clayton [Jardine] in this year has helped out a lot. It all seems to be clicking together and we're starting to win,"
After Kindersley snatched 3 of a possible 4 points from that matchup, they will meet the Ice Wolves once again, but this time in La Ronge for a pair of contests this weekend at the Mel Hegland Uniplex.
When speaking about his expectations against a struggling La Ronge side this Friday and Saturday, Bosch explained how him and the team will have to give it their all on the road.
"Playing in La Ronge is a lot different. The rink is tiny, the roof is fairly low, and they know how to play in that rink and where all the bounces are," he said. "Hopefully we can go in there and take all 4 points this weekend.
The Klippers continue to roll this season with 52 points in 38 games, good enough for first place in the division with two games in-hand on the second place Humboldt Broncos. Kindersley is three points behind first in the league, currently held by the Nipawin Hawks.