A star-studded 2018 lacrosse season got even more recognition this past month for Swift Current Midget Rampage standout Aden Gunn.

Both individual and team honours seemed to all pile up over the course of 2018 for the 2002-born offensive talent.

The Midget Rampage won a silver medal at Box Lacrosse Provincials, with Gunn getting selected to the Tournament All-Star team in the process.

Gunn also competed with Team Sask at Midget Box Lacrosse Nationals in Calgary, and U18 Field Lacrosse Nationals in Oshawa.

He also cracked the Sask SWAT Midget roster, a prestigious high-calibre club, that competed in the Edmonton AA league - a level not found in Saskatchewan.

"We had a really good season from Swift Current, to Team Sask, to SWAT," Gunn said. "All of it was just really good. We really gelled as a team right off the bat in Swift, and went really far with that."

Gunn's biggest individual honour saw him crowned the Sask Lacrosse Male Minor Athlete of the Year at the end of the season.

"It was a huge honour, it was an awesome experience," he shared. "Going forward I want to use that to help grow the game more - especially in Swift with younger kids, get it going and keep the program going."

All this comes in just his fourth season in the sport.

"When I was younger, I just watched it and thought it'd be a really cool game to play," Gunn noted on where the passion for the sport came from.

"There was never really anywhere to play, then I moved to Swift in grade 7 and they had lacrosse - I thought 'Why not try it?' and just went from there."

The aforementioned February recognition came in front of the biggest and loudest lacrosse atmosphere in perhaps the entire country and North America.

In front of 13,426 fans at Sasktel Centre in Saskatoon, Gunn and other Sask Lacrosse award winners were honoured in a Saskatchewan Rush pregame ceremony.

"That was amazing, it was a really humbling experience just being out there and getting announced at the game. Just being a part of that was an awesome experience," he said.

The ceremonial ball drop was part of Lacrosse Day in Saskatchewan on February 9 - as if Gunn needed any more fuel for his passion for the sport, being field level at a Rush game provided plenty more.

"I've been to a few games before, but none until after I started playing," he said. "Those games are so much fun to go to - just the energy and the whole atmosphere. It's just a blast to be at."

Looking to achieve a Team Canada nod as well, Gunn was one of 40 Saskatchewan players competing at the World Junior Lacrosse Regional Sask Combine in mid-January.

One of 160 athletes nationally, Gunn said getting to crack the roster would be both a dream come true, and the ultimate test of his game.

"A big thing is stick work," Gunn explained on what areas get more difficult. "Passes, shots - everything crisp. And just getting my game faster-paced too. As you move up in the levels, the biggest difference is the game speeds up a lot."

There's still some time before the 2019 IIJL World Junior Lacrosse Championship in Hamilton, Ontario, though, as the international tournament runs from August 6-11.

In the mean time, Gunn says he's looking forward to getting back to the Rampage season and build his game, with the hopes of one day playing College lacrosse.

Of note, the Swift Current Bantam and Midget Rampage home tournament is scheduled for April 12-14.