The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League officially announced this week that the 2020/21 season has been cancelled, and that also drew the end to the Junior careers of six graduating Millionaires’ players:
Millionaires coach Mike Rooney comments, “Our graduating 20-year-old players are simply a great group of people. I can’t stress enough how awful it is to see them complete their junior hockey career in such a way. Feels so incomplete in many levels. These are young men of sound character and I know they will grow and learn from this difficult experience. On behalf of the Melville Millionaires, I wish them all the best in their academic and hockey future. We welcome you back anytime”.
#8 Dylan Wells (St. Albert, Alberta)
Wells was acquired by the Mils on Sept. 9th, 2019 from the AJHL’s Olds Grizzlys and since then suited up in 56 games in a Melville uniform compiling 2 goals, 11 assists for 13 points while accumulating 128 penalty minutes. His Junior career consisted having 25 points in 116 career games with the Mils, Sherwood Park Crusaders, Olds Grizzlys, Whitecourt Wolverines, and Drayton Valley Thunder of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
#13 Mackenzie Walkington (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
Walkington was picked up from the Soo Thunderbirds in August 2020 and registered 1 assist in 4 games with the Mils during the 2020/21 season. Before joining career, Walkington had Junior stops with the Thunderbirds, Portage Terriers, and Neepawa Natives scoring 20 goals 19 assists for 39 points over 102 career games.
#26 Luke Nkwama (Outlook, Saskatchewan)
After growing up playing much of his minor hockey in Melville, Nkwama was a part of the 1st ever draft class of the Mils in 2015 where he was selected in the 6th round by the club. He went on to play in 111 career games scoring 36 times and chipping in with 26 assists for 62 points.
#27 Dylan Thackeray (White City, Saskatchewan)
Thackeray joined the Mils in October 2019 in a trade with the La Ronge Ice Wolves. During his time in Melville, he scored 5 goals and had 11 assists for 16 points in 45 career games. Before heading to Melville, he played in 63 games with the Ice Wolves compiling 23 points.
**Thackery is set to play university hockey with the Castleton University Falcons (NCAA Div III) in Castleton, Vermont starting in the fall of 2021.
#73 Kolton Leslie (Fort St. John, BC)
Leslie was deadline day pick-up by the Mils in January 2020 from the MJHL’s Portage Terriers. He would go on to play in 20 games in a Mils uniform chipping in with one assist. The 21 year old had 17 points total in 94 career Junior games split between the Mils, Terriers and Estevan Bruins
. **Leslie is set to start his college hockey career with the Portage College Voyaguers (ACAC) in Lac La Biche, Alberta starting in the 2021/22 season.
#94 Cole Stevenson (Vibank, Saskatchewan)
After starting his Junior career with 114 career games and 45 points total with the Notre Dame Hounds, the 6’4 forward was acquired by the Moneymen in an August 2020 trade. The Melville Minor Hockey alumni had 1 goal, 1 assist in his only 4 games with Melville.