Former 108 Mile resident Reece Forman played in his first Junior A hockey game in Salmon Arm on Sept. 28.
The six-foot-two rookie defenceman is currently signed with the Chase Heat (Junior B) of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL). He played last season with the 100 Mile Midget Rep team.
Two other players from last year’s midget rep team are also playing Junior B Hockey.
Kevin Raimundo is a rookie forward suiting up for the Princeton Posse of the KIJHL. Currently, he’s ninth in team scoring with four points in three games giving him a 1.3-point-per-game percentage, which is tied for the second on his team.
Lukas Vitik is a rookie defenceman playing for the Fort St. John Huskies of the North West Junior Hockey League (Junior B).
Meanwhile, Reece attended the Chase Heat main camp and was carded and selected to the team for the 2011/12 season at the end of August. He has played in all of their exhibition games and all five of their league games so far and has one goal and two minutes in penalties.
Reece gets a regular shift and plays in all situations, including power play and penalty kill. Although the team has struggled and currently sit 0-5, they are close to getting some wins.
Reece is currently living and going to school in Chase as that is the team requirement. He is really enjoying his coach Brad Fox and his teammates, as well as the excellent support for the team from the community.
Recently, Reece was asked to officially be an affiliate player for the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) Junior A Salmon Arm Silverbacks and played in a game. Although he did not get much ice time, the experience was great and he really like suiting up for the team.
He will likely play in more games and will likely start practising with that team. The Backs have suffered some injuries and they will be calling on players to step up.