The La Ronge Ice Wolves are well on their way to posting their best result in four years and having the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s top freshman will go a long way in achieving those results.
Kyle Ford has had little trouble adjusting to the Junior “A” level as the 19-year-old Calgary product is averaging more than a point per game collecting 24 points in his first 22 games.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound forward netted single tallies in each of his first three games and in one stretch in early October registered 13 points in a seven-game span.
Ford showed his offensive abilities last year when he posted 42 points in 48 games while playing with the Fernie Ghostriders of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, but what makes his story so interesting is that prior to last year there were few signs of what was to come in the future.
Ford never made a Midget AAA squad as he began his midget career with the minor midget Stampeders where he had 11 points in 35 games as a 15-year-old. The next two years were at the Midget AA level and in 50 games over that span he posted 20-27-47 totals. While those results were more than respectable, they pale in comparison to what he has done so far in La Ronge.
A playoff spot for the first time since 2016 is a real possibility for the Ice Wolves and the continued production turned in by Ford will go a long way in the team attaining that result.