The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) has made the decision to suspend a Humboldt Broncos goaltender indefinitely. The suspension comes after the goaltender's arrest in Humboldt early Saturday morning, shortly after his team's elimination of the Nipawin Hawks from the SJHL playoffs.
According to Humboldt Police, Jared Picklyk was allegedly driving a pickup truck that crashed into a house around 1:25 AM. Picklyk was arrested at the scene and charged with refusal to comply with breath screening by the RCMP. The league is currently investigating the incident, as confirmed by SJHL commissioner Kyle McIntyre in a statement to CTV News
"The league is presently investigating these allegations and will take appropriate action once our investigation is complete."
Shortly following the release of that statement to the media, the SJHL announced that Picklyk will be suspended indefinitely until the completion of the investigation.
Prior to joining the Humboldt Broncos, Picklyk played for the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Tri-City Americans in the Western Hockey League, and he helped the Broncos finish second in the SJHL regular season. The incident involving Picklyk did not result in any reported injuries. He is scheduled to appear in court on May 8th to face the charge of refusing to comply with breath screening.
The Humboldt Broncos experienced a tragic incident in April of 2018, where a bus carrying team members was involved in a collision with a semi-truck resulting in 16 fatalities, including 10 players, two coaches, a statistician, a broadcaster, the bus driver, and an athletic therapist. The remaining 13 passengers suffered various injuries, many of them serious.
This season with the Broncos, Picklyk posted an 11-1-0 record with a 3.20 goals against average and a .908 save percentage. In the playoffs Picklyk has been outstanding posting a 2-1 record with a 2.33 goals against average and a .932 save percentage.
Source: CTV News