December 4, 2019
Summerland, BC – The Summerland Steam are pleased to announce the signing of Penticton, BC native and Okanagan Hockey Academy Alumnus Ethan McLaughlin.
McLaughlin, 19, is a veteran of 73 Junior A game across the BCHL (Penticton, Salmon Arm, Alberni Valley) and AJHL (Drayton Valley Thunder), and will help bolster a young Steam blueline.
McLaughlin spent four seasons in the Okanagan Hockey Academy program before making his way to the BCHL. His CSSHL career culminated in 2017/18 with 37 points (7 goals, 30 assists) in 36 games for OHA’s flagship Midget Prep team. He spent all of the 2018/19 season in the BCHL split between the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and Alberni Valley Bulldogs before finding a home in 2019/20 with the AJHL’s Drayton Valley Thunder.
In 21 AJHL games this season, McLaughlin logged four assists playing alongside former Steam players Bailey Tamminga and Liam McLaren. With the Thunder, McLaughlin also played for former Princeton Posse & Castlegar Rebels Head Coach Bill Rotheisler, who is now an Assistant Coach & Assistant General Manager in Drayton Valley. He had this to say when contacted for comment:
“Ethan is a great puck moving defenceman. He skates exceptionally well and is good defensively as a result. He works extremely hard off the ice and in the gym and is a great character kid. I’ve know Ethan for a long time and I think he’ll be an amazing addition and will excel in the KIJHL”
Steam General Manager Steve Hogg echoed those comments when asked about McLaughlin, whom he’s watched grow through the minor hockey and Academy systems over the years.
“Ethan is a young man that we’ve kept our eyes on for a long time,” Says Steam General Manager Steve Hogg, “He’s a guy that both Head Coach Ken Karpuk and I have seen grow up playing in Penticton both for PMHA and for the Okanagan Hockey Academy, and we have a pretty good idea of what he brings to the table for our team. We’re very excited to have him.”
When asked to describe the style of play employed by the 19-year old rearguard, Hogg had this to say:
“He’s a tough kid to play against. He skates well, takes care of his own zone and leads by example. He’s also got a little offensive flare to him and moves the puck extremely well, which is obviously exciting.”
McLaughlin will wear #10 for the Steam, and is expected to be available to play in this weekend’s games against the Kamloops Storm and Revelstoke Grizzlies at the Summerland Arena on Friday and Saturday night’s, respectively.