With main training camp looming in just over three weeks, the Fort Frances Lakers have fortified their ranks with a three-pack of front-line contributors, two from right here at home.
The SIJHL franchise announced the signings of forwards Ian Tookenay, Noah Loveday and Ian Jarvis this past week.
Fort native Tookenay has been a nomad, joining his fourth different team in the past four seasons.
After playing for the Fort Frances Bantam ‘AA’ Canadians in 2014-15, he headed to the Thunder Bay Minor Midget ‘AAA’ Kings the following year before joining the Kenora Thistles of the Manitoba Midget ‘AAA’ Hockey League last season.
Tookenay, 17, had 29 points in 41 games with the Thistles before joining the Lakers late in the campaign.
He had two points in three regular-season games, then had one goal in six playoff contests while seeing his ice time steadily creep up throughout the postseason.
“We believe Ian will have a good year in our program,” said Lakers general manager and head coach Wayne Strachan in a press release.
“He knows what to expect. He played some intense games with us through the playoffs last year,” added the bench boss.
“He has a high hockey I.Q. and understands the game.
“Once he adapts, he will put some points up with his skill level.”
Loveday, also from the Fort, spent the past three seasons with Everest Academy of the National Junior Prospects Hockey League/Prep Sports Hockey Federation.
Last season saw the 18-year-old managed nine points in 18 games.
“Noah is a character player, a guy who we will be able to trust in both ends of the rink,” lauded Strachan.
“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.
“Our organization could not be happier to have these two young local products in our lineup for the season.”
Jarvis, 20, will enter his second year with the Lakers after the product of Quesnel, B.C., posted totals of 22 points in 56 regular-season games and added three goals in eight playoff outings.
“We will look for Ian to build off his rookie year with us and have a more prominent role with the hockey team,” commented Strachan.
“Last year, he scored timely goals and was a strong OK player for us,” continue the coach.
“We look forward to seeing Ian in a Lakers jersey again this winter.”
The Lakers will hold their main training camp at the Ice for Kids Arena from Aug. 31-Sept. 2.