As featured in our April and May 2019 Eaglepress issues, MCFN member Steven LaForme had a stellar Minor Midget year with the Brantford 99ers capturing the Minor Midget AAA Alliance Championship in 2018/19. Following that, LaForme was selected in the Ontario Hockey League draft, 91st overall in the fifth round in the OHL Priority Selection Draft by the North Bay Battalions. Described as a well-sized and strong center and showcased a complete game and great intelligence in all facets, making him one of the top prospects out of the Alliance Hockey League that season.
Laforme would not see OHL action with North Bay and instead played Jr. B hockey for the Hamilton Kilty B’s this past season, with 39 points (7 goals, 32 assists) in 32 games.
This past December, the Merrimack men’s hockey team received a commitment from 2003-born forward Steven LaForme.
Merrimack College is a private Augustinian college in North Andover, Massachusetts. It was founded in 1947 by the Order of St. Augustine with an initial goal to educate World War II veterans. The college has grown to encompass 220 acres campus and almost 40 buildings. The library is named after Rev. Vincent A. McQuade, the founder of the college.
The athletics teams participate in the Northeast Conference of NCAA Division I. They began their four-year transition to Division I during the 2019-20 season and will be full Division I members by 2023-24. The college currently has 22 teams participating in intercollegiate sport (9 men’s teams and 13 women’s teams). The men’s college ice hockey program is currently a NCAA Division I program, participating in the Hockey East conference.
“LaForme is a creative offensive forward who has the ability to score on every shift,” said Neutral Zone scouts, who rate LaForme has a 3.75-star recruit. “As good as he is as a scoring option, he is equally as strong of a passer. He is able to find open teammates with strong passes that get through tight passing lanes. He has strong feet and a quick stride. Once he gets into open space, he can beat defenders wide and create time and space for himself. He has good size and a solid frame; he protects the puck well and is already strong enough to lean on opponents.”
The Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation wish Steven much success with Merrimack Men’s Hockey. Congratulations! To view Laforme’s commitment to Merrimack hockey, please click link below: