Slaght, Jets kick off Nationals in Green Bay Thursday

By Jim den Hollander


Trevor Slaght hasn’t skipped a beat since the end of the varsity hockey season.

As a junior on the RWD varsity hockey team, Slaght played in 19 games and collected nine goals and 20 points with six minutes in penalties. He was third overall in team scoring and played a big role on special teams with the RWD Cheavers.

Before the season began, Slaght played with the Janesville Jr. Jets U-18 squad and among the team’s early fall accomplishments were a berth in the Chipotle USA Hockey Tier II 3A Nationals which are one of three divisions being played in Green Bay starting Thursday.

There will be 16 teams from across the country participating in the 3A Group including the Jets and the host Green Bay Bobcats representing the host state.

Slaght and the Jets will begin play at 2:30 p.m. Thursday (April 29) against the Pittsburgh Predators.

On Friday, the Jets will face off against the Minnesota Moose from Minnesota in a 12:15 p.m. contest at Hilliard/Weyers Arena and the Jets will wrap up round robin play at 12:15 p.m. against the Igloo Jaguars from New Jersey.

All games take place at the Cornerstone Community Ice Center in DePere, Wis.

The Jets, Jaguars, Moose and Predators will make up the ‘Olympic’ Pool at the tournament while the host Bobcats, Littleton (Colo.) Hawks, Cheektowaga (N.Y.) Rec Hockey and Team Ohio will play in the USA Pool. The Boston (Mass.) Jr. Terriers, Montgomery (Md.) Blue Devils, Michigan Hockey and Tri-Valley (Calif.) Blue Devils will play in the NHL Division and the Liberty pool will include Genesis Hockey Club (Penn.), Orland Park (Ill.) Vikings, McKinney (Texas) North Stars and Wonderland (Conn.) Wizards.

Top two teams in each division will advance to quarterfinals beginning Sunday morning.

Fans who want to cheer on Slaght and the Janesville Jets can do so on

The tournament has attracted 32 teams all together, the 1A and 2A Divisions with eight teams competing, none of them from Wisconsin.


Sauk players busy as off season teams start up

By Jim den Hollander
It is surprising how long the hockey season is, even at the local level.
This has been a crazy couple years for everything and as hockey fans, we have gone from not being able to watch our heroes on television to seasons ending at crazy times. We should be halfway through the opening round of the opening round of the post season – at least in a normal year we would be. Instead, we are about a month from the start of a post season that will carry us into July.
If the 2021-22 regular season begins on a normal schedule, the teams playing in the Stanley Cup will have 5-6 weeks off before returning for training camps for what will be another long season with a break in February 2022 for the Winter Olympics which NHL players will be participating in.
Locally, the final event was Ice Wars, a unique event at Lake Delton Ice Arena that brought together players from across the Midwest as well as a solid contingent of locals.
Aaron Kirby, owner of Lake Delton Ice was the organizer of the event that saw individuals at the squirt and peewee level signing up. However, several others have continued playing, with the Blue Devils AAA squad, out of Tomah, the Wisconsin Junior Stars out of the Madison area and the Janesville Jr. Jets.
Local players also played in the peewee Kohlman Cup tournaments recently, representing WAHA Region 4.
Articles on all of these events will appear in this space over the next few week as well as updates on the Dells Ducks junior hockey team, and some looks back at the 2020-21 varsity seasons for RWD, Baraboo/Portage, Sauk Prairie Eagles and the Badger Lightning, as well as a look back on the college seasons for local players.
Also, a summer of research and compilation will see much more statistical information and points of interest for the varsity and junior teams in the season ahead.
I recently made a connection that should see my varsity stuff get a lot more views and I am excited about that.
This past season I took to a new level and it became recognized across the county. I am looking forward to the off season allowing me to get set for this fall a more organized and wider blanket coverage on all hockey in Sauk.
I am also dusting off another website/facebook page I had sort of shelved to dedicate more time to Sauk Hockey so it should be a fun summer.