Moose Jaw's Chantz Petruic set the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League on fire with a 58-goal, 109-point season with the Yorkton Terriers, earning a trio of prestigious season-ending awards from the league.
The dazzling campaign was the seventh top sports story of the year.
After a single season with his hometown Moose Jaw Warriors as a 17-year-old, Petruic entered the SJHL in 2017-18 with a chip on his shoulder, scoring a point a game in his rookie campaign. One of the leading scorers in the league in his second year, Petruic ramped up his play even further in his final season, winning several player of the month awards en route to his 109 points.
He won the SJHL scoring title by 21 points over Flin Flon's Cole Rafuse and Alec Malo and the Yorkton Terriers scoring title by 53 points over Jordan Guiney.
He may even have had more of a gap had he not served a six-game suspension. His season may even have ended with a lengthy playoff run for the Terriers had the pandemic not wiped out the playoffs four games into it.
“Obviously we were upset and had to fight back a few tears for sure,” said Petruic at the time. “It’s just one of those things. We can’t really do anything about it right now. I just hope all of this stuff goes smoothly so everyone can go back to normal and play hockey one day. It sucks, and it’s not really the way I wanted to end it off.”