The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League has announced that Melville’s Chase Bertholet is its Rookie of the Week for the past week of play. Bertholet, who hails from The Pas, put up three points in his first four SJHL games. He collected two helpers against Estevan before earning another assist half a week later. Now through six regular season games, he remains at three points while owning two penalty minutes.
Alongside Bertholet, the SJHL also named its Player of the Week (Maple Ridge, BC’s Logan Kurki), its Defenceman of the Week (North Vancouver, BC’s Doug Scott) and its Goaltender of the Week (Melfort, Saskatchewan’s Joel Favreau) this weekend. With the league facing a number of game cancellations/postponements due to COVID-19, the Millionaires have luckily dodged all schedule changes and have been able to play in their set matchups thus far.
In early September, the Melville Millionaires announced the signing of the 2003-born forward. Drafted by the Millionaires in the sixth round (63rd overall) of the 2018 SJHL Bantam Draft, Bertholet spent the past two seasons suiting up for the Prince Albert Mintos of the Saskatchewan Male AAA U-18 Hockey League, where he produced at roughly a point-per-game rate on the right wing.
His first year of midget in 2018-19, saw the 5-foot-11, 160-pound speedster collect 13 goals, 44 points and 32 penalty minutes in 43 regular season games, before he scored 15 times and added 20 assists for 35 points and 38 penalty minutes in 39 games in 2019-20. Bertholet has also put up a goal, four points and six penalty minutes in eight postseason contests with Prince Albert.
After hearing his name called 94th overall by the Red Deer Rebels in the fifth round of the 2018 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft, Bertholet was dealt to the then Kootenay ICE on November 30, 2018, as part of the return in a major deal involving Oakbank’s Brett Davis. The ICE then locked him down with a standard WHL contract three months later on February 19 of 2019.
Melville finished the 2019-20 COVID-19 shortened season short of the playoffs with a rough 16-36-6 record. The team put up just 38 points and had a -80 goal differential, finishing last in the Viterra Division and dead last in the league. But the 2020-21 season has shown a different Millionaires team, as Melville is in a five-way tie for most wins, while sitting second in the Viterra Division with eight points. Currently, Bertholet and the Millionaires have a 4-2-0 record through six games, with a +5 goal differential. He is just one of four 2003-born players on the team’s expanded 30-man roster.