Hockey player with local ties is hoping to hear his name called at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft

A young man whose mother was raised in the Kamsack area, and whose grandparents live just south of Kamsack, is having much being written about him.

Braden Schneider, grandson of Ernie and Kathy Derworiz of Kamsack, son of Carmella and Kelly Schneider of Prince Albert, plays with the Branden Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL).

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“Schneider presents a toolkit that oozes NHL potential as your quintessential two-way defenseman. With enough nurturing in juniors and minors, the sizable D-man could become a late first-round gem for any NHL squad,” said information on the Wheat King’s WHL website.

Darnell Duff of Dub Network wrote the following:

Braden Schneider grew up in Prince Albert, SK and with that, he spent many nights inside the Art Hauser Centre watching the Western Hockey League’s Raiders, a team that won the Ed Chynoweth Cup following the 2018-19 season.

However, Schneider never had the opportunity to play with his hometown WHL club after he was drafted 12th overall by the Brandon Wheat Kings at the 2016 Bantam Draft. Schneider made his debut in the 2016-2017 season where he played in one regular-season game and three playoff games. He also recorded his first-ever WHL playoff assist during those three games.

Moving forward to the 2017-2018 season, the native of Prince Albert joined the Wheat Kings full-time. In his rookie season, he added up 22 points and another six playoff points. He was also the captain for Team Canada White at the 2017 World Under-17 Challenge. They ended up losing 2-1 in the bronze medal game.