The Merrimack men’s hockey team received a commitment from 2003-born forward Steven LaForme, who is currently playing for the Hamilton Kilty B’s in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League.
LaForme has 39 points (7 goals, 32 assists) in 32 games this season. Last season, LaForme had 46 points (18 goals, 28 assists) in 33 games for the Brantford 99ers Midget AAA program.
“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.”
LaForme was selected in the fifth round of the OHL Priority Selection Draft by the North Bay Battalion last summer.