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Daae wins SJHL scoring title

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(File photo; photo credit: Jennifer Durr Photography

Estevan Bruins forward Austin Daae, pictured here in a game against the Yorkton Terriers earlier this year, is the SJHL's scoring champion.

Estevan Bruins forward Austin Daae has accomplished something that nobody has done in his lifetime.

Daae, a 20-year-old from Estevan, is the SJHL's scoring champion for the 2013-14 season, becoming the first Bruin player to lead the league in points since Scott Burwood in 1987-88.

Daae finished with 30 goals and 41 assists for 71 points in 55 games. He finished five points clear of Brett Boehm, who split the season between the Flin Flon Bombers and the Yorkton Terriers.

Daae credited his linemates, Tanner Froese and Cory Kosloski, for their contributions to his production.

"A big part of our success, and my success, too, was obviously the power play," said Daae. "I think we've been first or second in the league all year on the power play."

The chemistry between Daae and Froese – another 20-year-old local product who has been the team's captain this season – dates back to before this season. They played together on the same line last season before Daae joined the WHL's Prince Albert Raiders, and they skated together in minor hockey.

"Knowing where each other is, things happen a lot quicker, and easier," said Daae. "We've been clicking all year long."

He admits that he has been thinking about the scoring title since early in the season, but his focus was on helping the team win.

"It was in the back of my mind a little bit, knowing I was in first, ahead of the other guys, but the main focus towards the end of the year was trying to get that sixth seed (and a first round bye)," said Daae.

Daae started the season with 11 points in 11 games, but his production took off with a four-point game against the Nipawin Hawks in late October. He had at least 12 points in each of the final five months of the regular season. And he was named the league's player of the month in November and December.


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