The Summerland Steam Junior Hockey Club is proud to announce that former Affiliate Player Bailey Tamminga, 17, has signed a letter of commitment to the Steam for the 2017/18 season.
Bailey spent the past two seasons in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League in the Okanagan Hockey Academy Program. The Penticton, BC native played 63 games in red and white over two season split between the Elite 15 program and the Midget Prep program. He tallied three goals and twenty-five points in those 63 games, while only accumulating 44 total penalty minutes.
Bailey is a solid defender with a good, physical style of play, and will be a welcomed addition to the Summerland blue line as a full time player in 2017/18. In 8 games during the 2016/17 season as an affiliate player, including two in the playoffs, Tamminga was put in all situations by Head Coach John Depourcq and his staff. These situations included key moments in close games, special teams situations, and head to head match-ups, and Tamminga excelled.
He showed a steady enough presence to play dependable defensive minutes no matter the situation he was put in. Head Coach John Depourcq didn’t hesitate to use Tamminga late in games, or against another team’s top offensive line. This included two games in the playoffs against the Kelowna Chiefs where Tamminga continually went head to head with the line of Brett Witala, Jason Village and Josh Kobelka, and did well to limit them on the scoresheet.
“Bailey was a huge asset to our team as an affiliate player last season, and we’re very excited to have him full time for the 2017/18 season,” says Head Coach John Depourcq, “The Okanagan Hockey Academy Program has done wonders for Bailey in his development over the past two seasons, and we’re very happy to have a mutual commitment with him for 2017/18.”
Tamminga will be a welcomed addition to a Summerland blue line that will lose a lot of grit prior to the start of the 2017/18 season. With veteran defensemen Alex Williams and Calvin Hadley moving on to life after junior hockey, Tamminga will be looked upon to provide a physical presence and more of the strong defensive dependability he showed as an affiliate last season.
“Bailey’s style of play certainly catches people’s attention,” continued Depourcq, “He’s a guy that isn’t afraid to battle for the puck or use his body to create time and space for himself and his teammates, as well as take it away from his opponents. This year with Grizz (Williams) and Hads (Hadley) moving on, we’re going to need some grit back there, and we think Bailey provides that as well as a ton of other positive qualities. He skates well, he thinks the game at a high level and he’ll be a very welcomed addition to the Summerland Steam for 2017/18”
He’ll be part of a defense corps that could include a few familiar faces. With Cole Williams, Scott Robinson, and Brogan Lautard eligible to return for their 20-year old seasons, and Matt Alcorn set to take a big step forward in his 2nd year in the KIJHL (should he return), the Steam look to be in very good shape on the back end heading into the 2017/18 season.
They’ll likely open the KIJHL season on the weekend of September 8th-10th, but the official schedule has not been made public as of yet. Expect that to come in the next few weeks, as well as more information on the structure of playoffs after the 2017 KIJHL AGM this past weekend.