Foster Returns to Flames

A 2nd season with the Flames is ahead for 27 year old TJ Foster who has agreed a return to the club.  The Canadian forward began last season in the top Finnish League where he iced with Sport, but joined Spectrum’s men in late October where 60 games produced 12 goals, 55 points and help with the Patton Conference title.   

“I’m really excited to be coming back for another year,” said Foster. “I really enjoyed my experience last season. Hopefully we can continue the success that we had and push for the trophies this season. I know Paul has done a good job recruiting so I’m excited to see what the team will look like, and I am looking forward to seeing the guys and the fans in a couple months.”

The 5’11”, 175lb skater made his European debut in 2017-2018 when he had 48 points in 45 games Frisk Asker in Norway.  It came after a couple of North American pro seasons, mostly in ECHL, culminating with more than a point a game at his last stop in 2016-2017 when he had 23 goals and 32 assists at Norfolk Admirals.  His pro debut was 2015-2016 when he played 3 American Hockey League games with Toronto Marlies and added 63 games at ECHL Orlando Solar Bears where he posted 25 goals and 54 points. 

Prior to his pro start, the Edmonton native played 2 seasons with University of Alberta Golden Bears.  In 52 conference games, Foster had 65 points and was on hand for the club’s National Championship haul during the 2013-2014 season when he was also selected to the Canada West conference All-Rookie Team.  During his final campaign, Foster racked up a variety of personal awards including Canada West First All-Star Team, Conference’s leading scorer and Most Valuable player as well as an All Canadian First Team selection.  His play earned him a spot on the Universiade Bronze medal team where he had 2 goals and 6 points representing Canada at the World tournament.

Ahead of combining athletics and academics, Foster spent 5 seasons at Edmonton Oil Kings in the Western Hockey League.  He iced a total of 338 junior games and had 102 goals and 155 assists, including his best season in 2011-2012 when he helped the club to the League championship banner while recording 31 goals and 76 points in 69 starts.  He closed his development time the following term with similar numbers; 74 points from 27 goals and 47 assists in another 69 games.

“Getting TJ back was a pretty high priority for us this off season,” said Paul Dixon. 

“We saw what he was able to achieve last season which was pretty significant considering he was not here for nearly the first 2 months of the schedule.”

“TJ has high end skill and can make plays. Often players in his situation find that returning to a familiar setting gives them even greater opportunities for success, and we are interested to see what that will look like when we get underway at the end of the summer.”

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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