He still has two years of midget eligibility remaining, but 16-year-old Kendall Fransoo is enjoying the opportunity to get his feet wet with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Battlefords North Stars.
“It’s an opportunity to play at a higher level,” says Fransoo. “I was listed by Battlefords and played a few times, but some defensemen got injured so it was an opportunity to step in.”
Fransoo, who is from North Battleford, started the year in Notre Dame where he was in his second season with the Hounds of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League. In 19 games this year, the 6-foot-1, 165-pound defenseman had seven assists while last year in 41 games, Fransoo recorded one goal and seven helpers.
Although he still has to fill in, the lanky Fransoo brings some grit to his game as evidenced by his 112 penalty minutes last year and 25 penalty minutes in 16 games with the Stars since being added to the line-up.
Never having been drafted by a Western Hockey League team, Fransoo did attend one training camp of the Moose Jaw Warriors. Now that he is in the SJHL, going the college route might be in his future, but Fransoo admits being in Grade 11 he is still too young to think about what he might possibly pursue as a future career.
Right now he is focused on the Stars and helping them go as far as possible in the playoffs.
“Overall, hard work and enthusiasm brings everybody up to a different level,” says Fransoo. “I just want to keep it up.”
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