Two Fort Frances hockey players are returning to their hockey roots and playing for their hometown Superior International Junior Hockey League Fort Frances Lakers. Noah Lovejoy and Ian Tookenay will join the Laker roster for the 2017 – 2018 SIJHL season starting in the fall of 2017 after playing away from Fort Frances.
18 year old Lovejoy played the last three seasons in southern Ontario where he played for Everest Academy in Thornhill, Ontario in the Prep School Hockey Federation U18. The 5’7” and 180 lbs forward had eight goals and 13 assists in 38 games from 2014 – 2017 at Everest Academy while tallying a total of 83 minutes in penalties throughout the three seasons in Thornhill.
“Noah is a character player, a guy who we will be able to trust in both ends of the rink. He is the type of player we are looking for someone who will compete and bring energy to our line while adding some secondary scoring.”
Tookenay comes back to Fort Frances after playing the 2016 – 2017 season with Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League’s Kenora Thistles AAA Midget program. In 41 regular season match – ups in Kenora, the 6’0” and 150 lbs forward had nine goals and 20 helpers along with 47 penalty minutes with the Thistles. In nine appearances with the Lakers in 2016 – 201, the 17 year old Tookenay added two goals and two assists in Fort Frances in the SIJHL.
Laker coach Wayne Strachan told the Junior Hockey Network thatr “we believe Ian will have a good year in our program. He knows what to expect. He played some intense games with us through the playoffs last year. He has a high hockey IQ and understands the game. Once he adapts he will put some points up with his skill level.”
“Our organization could not be happier to have these two young local products in our line up for the season” said Strachan.