Sunday, September 21, 2014

Jasper staying here

A second member of last year’s SIJHL champs is ready to try for a repeat.
The Fort Frances Lakers announced yesterday the signing of forward Bryson Jasper, who had two separate stints with the squad last year.

“We will look to Bryson to come in ready to play at a high level and produce offensively like he did at the start of the 2013-14 season for us,” said Lakers’ general manager and head coach Wayne Strachan.
“He has the ability to be a strong two-way player in our league and contribute to our team in a big way to help our success.”
A 19-year-old native of Rainy River, Jasper started last season with the Lakers and had 11 points in nine games.
He then was dealt to the English River Miners in mid-October along with defenceman Ben Smaha, with forward Colton Spicer coming this way.
The Lakers re-acquired Jasper at the trade deadline in January for a player development fee.
He quickly became a key to the Lakers’ fourth line along with Ryan McQueen and Hunter Leishman, using his speed and knack for getting under other teams’ skin.
Jasper finished the season with 12 goals and 18 assists in 41 regular-season games.
He added a goal and an assist in 13 playoff games.

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