The Melfort Mustangs line of Tristen Frei, Justin Boyer, and Travis Mayan have seen their historic junior careers come to a close oddly enough in the same Affinity Place Arena in Estevan where their line was originally coined “The Minions”. A look back now at some interesting stats from their outstanding careers in Melfort.
The trio were first put together on the same line part way through their rookie 2013-14 season and remained together for the rest of their 3 year junior careers in Melfort. It was not however until October 7, 2014 that they were coined “The Minions” by than CK750 play by play announcer Brandon Crowe. On that night on the road vs the Estevan Bruins, the Melfort Mustangs cruised to a 6 to 1 victory largely off the sticks of the Minions who notched a combined 5 goals and 12 points (Tristen Frei 1G,1A; Justin Boyer 2G,3A; Travis Mayan 2G,3A). Since that October night, the minions played 146 SJHL games together (excluding WCC and RBC games) where at least one of the three players notched 1 point or more in an unbelievable 130 of those 146 games.
Travis Mayan finishes his career with back to back SJHL scoring titles putting up some staggering numbers in the process. Travis played in 203 regular season and SJHL playoff games where he had at least one point in 155 of those 203 games. His career point totals in the SJHL read 130 goals and 140 assists for 270 points in 203 games played. This seasons SJHL points race was tight where Mayan won the honour with 93 points- a 5 point cushion over the Battlefords Igor Leonenko During the 2014-15 campaign however Mayan blew the competition away with 84 points and a 20 point cushion over second placed Chris Rauckman of the Flin Flon Bombers.
Justin Boyer finishes his junior career with the Mustangs at a combined SJHL regular season and playoff point totals of 61 goals, 114 assists for 175 points in 191 games. This years Mustangs captain Tristen Frei graduates with 77 goals, 112 assists for 189 points in 201 games.
In their 20 year old season, the Minions had a combined average of 4.18 points per game in the 2015-16 SJHL regular season and 3.65 points per game over 17 games in the 2016 playoffs.
Since the SJHL Hall of Fame 1995-96 Melfort Mustangs Team, not a single banner was raised to the rafters at the Northern Lights Palace through 2013-14 season, a span of 18 years. Since than, the Minions have been a part of the Melfort Mustangs winning a total of 5 banners including 3 consecutive Sherwood Division Titles and 2 consecutive SJHL Canalta Cup Championships.
Despite being viewed by some as undersized, the Minions combined to play in 595 SJHL regular season and playoff games plus an additional combined 48 games at two Western Canada Cup and one Royal Bank Cup tournaments. They only missed a combined total of 26 games over their entire junior careers including a mere combined 8 games over their 19 and 20 year old seasons despite being keyed on by every other team as the Stangs top offensive threats.
The Minions never missed a single playoff game in their junior careers………ever.