(with files from the Humboldt Broncos)
The Humboldt Broncos are back on home ice tonight, Friday, February 3, and a date with the Melville Millionaires at the EPA. The Broncos are rock solid second place in the Global Ag Risk Solutions Division behind league leading Battlefords. The Horsemen have handled the North Stars in recent outings and are well poised to finish the season strong. With that in mind, attention turns to the coming ‘23/24 campaign and efforts to build strength down the road. The Broncos have announced a couple key signings for the coming season.
First, the Broncos have signed Noah Asmundson. Asmundson, a 6'2 forward from White City, SK, was the Broncos’ 3rd round draft pick (30th overall) in the 2020 SJHL draft.
“Here’s another commitment that our organization is very excited for,” said Head Coach and GM, Scott Barney. “Noah has worked extremely hard and battled through some adversity. He’s a player who thinks the game at a high level, and he brings the offensive ability that we will be looking forward to seeing next season. He’s not only a very talented hockey player, but comes with an extremely high character as well”
Asmundson is having another strong season with the Regina Pat Canadians U18 AAA program, where he’s collected 19 points (7g-12a) in 28 games played to go along with 60 PIMS.
Along with being drafted by the Broncos, Asmundson was also drafted by the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings 189 th overall in 2020.
He was called up for one game with the Broncos this season in a 3-0 win over the Weyburn Red Wings on December 17th.
Local fans were happy to learn of another signing with area connections. Jeter Korte, a player with family ties to Muenster has signed on as well.
Korte, a 6’0, 180lbs forward from Saskatoon, SK, was the Broncos’ 1st round draft pick (6th overall) in the 2020 SJHL draft.
“Jeter is a player who we’ve had very high on our prospect list since we’ve drafted him. We are ecstatic he chose our program over various other options, including out of province, that he had offers to. In the end, we’re happy he chose to be a Bronco and to continue his hockey career here in the SJHL. He’s got a very bright future, “ said Barney.
Korte is the Captain of the Warman Wildcats U18 AAA program, where in his second season, has currently produced 19 points (4g, 15a) in 29 games for the 6th place Wildcats.
“He’s a strong two-way centreman who constantly makes the players around him better with his high hockey IQ level. He’s got great vision, able to distribute the puck, and create opportunities for himself and his line mates. This fills a major spot in our lineup down the middle that will have some holes next year with graduating players.” .
Korte was drafted by the Broncos out of the Saskatoon Maniacs U15 AA program after finishing third on the team with 51 points (13g, 38a) in 31 games. Along with being drafted by the Broncos, Korte was also drafted by the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings 167th overall in 2020.
Korte was called up for one game with the Broncos this season, scoring his first career SJHL goal in a 4-0 win over the Yorkton Terriers on November 26th.