Chandler Stephenson is Saskatchewan born-and-raised, a native of Saskatoon who is toiling through his junior hockey career in Regina, the province’s capital city.
Like other geographical rivalries across North America – Calgary versus Edmonton or Philadelphia versus Pittsburgh – Regina and Saskatoon are certainly rival cities. It transcends the Western Hockey League, where the Pats and Blades have historically put on some entertaining battles.
The province also shares its only professional sports franchise, based in Regina, the Canadian Football League’s Saskatchewan Roughriders. Indeed, the Pats jockey for profile in the Queen City as “Rider Pride” tends to be the dominant sports story all year long.
Stephenson would like to be part of a successful Pats team that could sway the sports community somewhat, tilting fans more and more in the direction of junior hockey. With the likes of Jordan Weal (LA), Brandon Davidson (EDM), Colton Jobke (MIN) and the recently acquired Martin Marincin (EDM) on the roster, the team is focused on earning a playoff berth first, then creating as much havoc as possible during the post-season.
A product of the very successful Saskatoon Contacts midget program, Stephenson has developed into an offensively skilled forward in Regina. However, he is appearing at the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Kelowna coming off of a sprained MCL that kept him out of action for about six weeks this season.
Stephenson, who will celebrate his 18th birthday on April 22, checks in at 5’11 and 190 pounds. In 35 games this season, he has scored 14 goals and 13 assists. Last season, as a 16-year-old, he collected 19 points in 60 games.
HF spoke with Stephenson in Kelowna at the Top Prospects Game.