Power forward Steve LaForme will now be wearing Ottawa 67’s colors.
Originally selected fifth round and 91st overall in the 2019 OHL draft by the North Bay Battalion, this six-foot 185 power forward from Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation was officially dealt on Tuesday, June 16, to the nation’s capital, Ottawa 67’s.
LaForme, who is coming off an impressive Junior B rookie campaign, which saw him score 11 goals and 56 points with the Hamilton Kilty B’s was traded from North Bay for Ottawa’s 2021 fourth round pick.
In a statement, Ottawa 67’s general manager James Boyd expressed some high praise for the 17-year-old as he stated,
“Steven is an intelligent playmaker who is coming off a successful season with the Hamilton Kilty B’s organization.” He then went on to add, “Steven’s size and skills complements our existing group of forwards.”
Hamilton’s Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Rizzetto had a front row seat for every game; he couldn’t say enough about his all- around talents.
“Steve is a real all-around solid player who was raised right,” Rizzetto said.
“He does the work on an off the ice and he’s a really good prospect. He works hard on the family farm and doesn’t take anything for granted.”
In terms of whether he is ready to flourish in the Ontario Hockey League, Rizzetto seemed to have no doubt as he confidently stated,
“They (Ottawa 67’s) asked for a report and I gave him (GM) positive feedback,” Rizzetto said.
“I think he will make the jump, settle in and be an effective OHL player for Ottawa.”
“He has skill and it’s going to be a big jump but I think he is ready for the challenge.”
Prior to playing Junior ‘B’ in Hamilton, LaForme had a standout 18 goals and 46 point campaign in only 33 games for the U16 AAA Brantford 99ers.
The hockey future looks extremely bright for LaForme who also last January committed to play hockey at Merrimack College.
When September rolls around, LaForme will be wearing those Ottawa 67’s colors during training camp, as he looks to make that strong first impression with coaches and management.
One thing is for sure, and that’s LaForme will have the entire Six Nations community watching with pride.