OHL selects two locals

BRANTFORD — The Brantford Minor Hockey Association’s minor midget AAA team will release six newly selected players for the Ontario Hockey League front, with one hailing from Ohsweken and another from Hagersville.

Pegged as one of the strongest groups of athletes to come through the organization in several years, the six chosen players during the Ontario Hockey League’s Priority Selection at the start of this month lived up to that status.

Steven LaForme was picked in the fifth round (91st overall) by the North Bay Battalion with avid watchers of the 99ers seeing LaForme as the team’s best player on some nights.

LaForme scored 18 goals and added 28 assists in 33 games with the 99ers this season. The five-foot-11, 183-pound forward also tied for the team scoring lead at the OHL Cup with one goal and three assists. He will be joined in North Bay by the three Don Mills players: Liam Arnsby and twin brothers Paul and Alex Christopoulos.

With its 11th round selection (215th overall), the Kitchener Rangers selected forward Brenden Anderson, of Ohsweken, who scored nine goals and added 12 assists in 33 regular-season games for the 99ers.

At six-foot-four and 175-pounds, Anderson is considered to be a powerful bodied skater and shooter. Picked in the 12th round (224th overall) by Kingston, he’ll be joining Maddox Callens.

With good coaching, the 2004 group is hoped to be led to a third-straight minor midget AAA Alliance title for Brantford.

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