Chiefs’ Prospect Adam Beckman Wins SMHL Scoring Title

Larry Brunt

The 2017-18 Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League regular season wrapped up on Sunday and Spokane Chiefs prospect Adam Beckman finished the season as the league’s leading scorer with 78 points.

Beckman, 16, was selected in the fifth round (96th overall) of the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft by Spokane. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native finished the 2017-18 season with 78 points (44 G, 24 A) in 41 games with the Battlefords Stars, finishing four points ahead of the second-place scorer, Jaydon Dureau.

The 6-foot, 160-pound forward impressed at training camp with the Chiefs prior to the 2017-18 season and made his impact felt during the annual intrasquad Red-White Game, scoring a goal and an assist. At the time, as Beckman signed his WHL Standard Player Agreement, Chiefs General Manager Scott Carter said, “We came into training camp with high expectations for Adam and he did not disappoint. He worked hard and proved that he is ready to make the next step. We are very excited to have him as a part of the Chiefs organization.”

Beckman scored one goal in five games with the Chiefs during the 2017 WHL Preseason, then appeared in one regular season game before being reassigned. He finished his standout season with points in 14 of his last 15 games, including an eight-game scoring streak capped by a hat trick and an assist in the Stars’ final game on Sunday.

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