The 19-year-old from Wymark, Sask., enjoyed his season in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League with the Rebels. He credits coach Carter Duffin for making his adjustment to junior hockey a lot easier.
“I was able to have a pretty good season and tried to be a guy that could be relied on in all situations,” says Little, who played for the Prairie Hockey Academy varsity program in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League in 2018-19. “I was fortunate to be able to get a lot of ice time and I tried to be a player who made a difference whenever I was on the ice.”
As a rookie, Little finished second in Rebels scoring with nine goals and 35 points in 37 games. He added an assist in four playoff games against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.
“My defensive game was one thing I really wanted to improve in order to get to the next level and with the help of the coaching staff, I was really able to improve,” says Little. “Playing in the KIJHL was really good for my development. I was able to get a lot of quality ice time during games and practices. It also helped being able to play against solid teams and players which helped push me to become a more all-around player.”
Little is excited about his transition to the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League and says he’s grateful for the chance with the Ice Wolves.
“I look forward to working my hardest and being able to make an impact on the Ice Wolves,” he says.
The Ice Wolves have been in the SJHL since 1998, winning two league championships in 2010 and 2011. Last season the Ice Wolves finished third in their division with 33 wins in 58 games. They had the fifth best winning percentage in the 12-team SJHL.
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