The Estevan Bruins have solidified their goaltending depth for the upcoming SJHL season as 20-year-old netminder Boston Bilous (’01) has committed to return for the 2021-22 season.
Bilous (6’3, 180lbs) brings four years and 100 games of WHL experience with him to Estevan as the Bruins prepare to host the Centennial Cup national championship in May 2022. Bilous (Langley, BC) appeared with the Edmonton Oil Kings, Prince Albert Raiders, and most recently with the Moose Jaw Warriors, winning the WHL championship with the Raiders in 2018-19.
Bilous began the 2020-21 season with the Estevan Bruins before joining Moose Jaw in the WHL Hub in Regina. Bilous appeared in only one game, but was perfect earning the shutout with 26 saves in a 7-0 victory over Weyburn.
“It couldn’t be more exciting for myself to be joining the Bruins for this upcoming season. I got a small taste of what the town and organization is like last year. Now the only thing on my mind is to help make the Estevan Bruins and my teammates Centennial Cup champions!” – Boston Bilous (pronounced BELOW-US)
“Boston is a goaltender I have been familiar with for a long time and we are really excited to have him join us this season. We are looking forward to have Boston share his experience and knowledge with our players and staff. He is a big body, can make the first save and he plays the puck exceptionally well. Boston made an impression on everyone during his time with us last year before returning to Moose Jaw, and we’re happy he’s decided to come back.” – Jason Tatarnic, Head Coach/GM
Bilous is expected to compete with fellow returning goaltenders Emerik Demers (’01) and Eric Clark (’02) next season. Bilous joins the Bruins along with the offseason acquisitions of forwards Olivier Pouliot (’01), Mikol Sartor (’01), Eric Houk (’01), Joey Moffatt (’01), Ben Diamond (’02) and Carter Massier (’01, list rights acquired), and the offseason signings of Zach Burfoot (’03), Zachary Smith (’02), and Brenden Holba (’03).
The Estevan Bruins and the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) are slated to begin the 2021-22 regular season on September 24th, 2021. The Bruins will be the host team for the 2022 Centennial Cup, presented by Tim Horton’s, taking place in Estevan from May 20th – 29th, 2022.