The 14-year-old Dominion City product made things official in early June, agreeing to the terms laid out by the Warriors. The 2004-born defenceman was selected 11th overall in this past May’s Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. It did not take long for the 5-foot-10, 175-pound blueliner to sign the dotted line.
“We are very pleased that Denton and his family have committed to the Warriors and the WHL for both his hockey and academic goals,” said Warriors General Manager Alan Millar in a media release. “Denton is a dynamic, offensive defenceman who plays a smart, competitive game. We look forward to his future with our hockey club.”
After putting up five goals and 17 points in the 2017-18 season – his first with the Eastman Selects AAA bantams, Mateychuk spent the past season serving as team captain, where he nearly quadrupled his total output from the prior year. He finished with a 23-goal, 61-point 2018-19 campaign for the Selects.
Mateychuk attended the Warriors’ 2019 Development Camp in early June and will skate at the main training camp in August. Despite attending camps, the offensive defenceman will not be eligible to play in the WHL until the 2020-21 season due to age limitations. Moose Jaw went 40-20-8 in 2018-19, qualifying for the WHL postseason, but bowed out in four-straight to provincial rival Saskatoon Blades.