Six CSSHL Alumni named AJHL Top Rookies

Six Canadian Sports School Hockey League (CSSHL) alumni have been named as their Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) 2020-21 Top Rookie Award Winner.

Cale Ashcroft (Sherwood Park Crusaders), Jayden Davis (Spruce Grove Saints), Ben Kotylak (Calgary Canucks), Bowden Singleton (Okotoks Oilers), Isaac Suppin (Canmore Eagles) and Brendan Wang (Fort McMurray Oil Barons) have all been recognized as their teams Top Rookie.

Ashcroft had 11 points in 19 games this season with the Crusaders after spending three seasons with the Northern Alberta Xtreme (NAX). In 93 CSSHL games Ashcroft recorded 43 points, including 15 in 17 games last season at the U16 level. The defenseman was a fourth-round pick by the Saskatoon Blades in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft.

With 15 points in 16 games Davis finished third in points among all Saints players. A third-round pick by the Medicine Hat Tigers in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft. Davis totalled 87 points in 59 CSSHL games with Edge School, spending seasons with their U16 Prep and U18 Prep teams.

Kotylak spent one season with the West Van Warriors U16 Prep team posting 21 points in 29 games, plus an additional assist in 3 games with their U18 Prep team. Kotylak finished tied for third among all Canucks skaters with 7 points in 10 games.

Oilers forward Bowden Singleton finished fifth in team scoring with six points in seven games this season. He spent two seasons at NAX, tallying 130 points in 60 games with their U15 Prep and U18 Prep teams. Singleton was drafted in the fourth-round by the Green Bay Gamblers in the 2020 USHL Futures Draft, and in the second round of the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft by the Vancouver Giants.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Canmore Eagles played just two games this season, loaning its players out to other junior programs. Suppin recorded one assist before joining the British Columbia Hockey League’s (BCHL) West Kelowna Warriors. He previously spent four seasons with Rink Hockey Academy Kelowna playing 136 CSSHL games, recording 110 points including 51 in 33 games during the 2019/20 season.

Wang spent three seasons with BWC Academy playing 113 games with their U16 Prep and U18 Prep teams. The defenseman totalled 95 points while earning 2017-2018 CSSHL U16 All-Academic Team, 2018-2019 CSSHL U18 WHL Scholastic Player of the Year and 2019-2020 CSSHL U18 All-Academic Team honours. In 15 games with the Oil Barons his 13 points were tied for first among the team’s defensemen this season.