Arjun Atwal captained the Sherwood Park Crusaders to an Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) best 98-point season (49-9-0) in 2019-20, while putting together the most productive individual offensive season in a decade.
In 54 regular-season games in 2019-20, Atwal registered 35 goals, 72 assists and 107 points. How prolific are those numbers? In terms of point production, the last time a player reached the 100-point plateau in the AJHL was in 2009-10 when Bryce Williamson (St. Albert) and Zahn Raubenheimer (Grande Prairie) also posted 107-point seasons, both reaching that mark through 60 regular-season games.
Additionally, his 72 assists total is hovering around some of the highest single-season totals all-time in the AJHL, adding to the distinction of Atwal’s Junior career. In fact, it is only the second time since the turn of the century that an AJHL player has registered more than 70 assists in a season. The last time it was done was by Jade Galbraith (Drayton Valley) who picked up 82 helpers in 2001-02.
Born in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Atwal was fortunate enough to play his entire Junior career with his hometown Crusaders. Playing for his local team was a chance for Atwal to essentially live out a part of his childhood dream, which he revealed in an interview.
“Being a local kid, playing in your community is something you look forward to, the team’s you watch growing up as a kid, you want to play for them,” Atwal explained.
“I want to get out in the community every chance I can and be a part of it. I wouldn’t say it adds pressure, it’s something I look forward to.”
As captain of the Crusaders in 2019-20 Atwal put on an offensive display for the ages that rivals some of the best individual seasons in AJHL history. He is committed to the University of Calgary Dinos (ACAC) for the 2020-21 season.