By Pat Payton
Kaleb Pearson and Tyson Baker, two young men from this area who have bright futures in the game, have been recognized by the Ontario Hockey Association in its 2017-18 year-end awards.
Pearson, of St. Marys, was selected to the OHA’s Top Prospects team for 2017-18. The talented forward, who turns 18 next month, had 39 goals and 67 points in 49 regular-season games with Stratford Jr. ‘B’ Warriors. The sharpshooter added 12 points (5-7) in 10 playoff games.
Pearson’s outstanding season helped earn him Midwestern Conference Rookie-of-the-Year honours as well as a NCAA Division 1 scholarship at Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.), starting in the fall of 2019.
Pearson will receive his Top Prospects Award on June 1 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. The other five players getting prospects awards are from teams in the OJHL (Provincial Tier II Jr. ‘A’).
Baker, 23, was named the OHA’s top linesman prospect.
The Thorndale area native played two years with St. Marys Lincolns, before spending the last three seasons in Stratford (2013-16). After finished a stellar Junior career as captain of the Cullitons, he went directly to officiating.
Baker worked at three different levels in 2017-18, including the OHA’s Jr. ‘B’ Sutherland Cup semi-finals, the Ontario Hockey League semi-finals, and the American Hockey League playoffs.
It’s a good bet Baker will officiate in the NHL someday.
–Pearson, meanwhile, was recently drafted by Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League (USHL). He went in the 10th of 23 rounds, 158th overall.
Pearson, however, won’t be reporting to the Lumberjacks. He’s committed to returning to the Warriors and playing one more season before he begins his NCAA scholarship in Rochester.
–The Jr. ‘B’ Lincolns are kicking off their 2018-19 season ticket drive, and tickets will be available at St. Marys Golf and Country Club this Saturday, May 26 during the team’s annual ‘Golf Day.’
There will be a station at the putting green, and the public is welcome to stop by and purchase their season’s passes.
These Early Bird prices are only valid until July 14. Adults (18 and up) $120; Seniors (65 and up) $100; Students (14-17) $75; Children (3-13) $50; Families (two adults, two children) $200.
Season’s tickets allow fans free entry to Lincs’ pre-season games. Tickets can also be purchased by contacting Pete Frehner at email@example.com.