Ben Fontaine, Ante Zlomislic and Luke Roberts have committed to the Surrey Eagles for the 2021-‘22 season. (Photos courtesy of Surrey Eagles)

Ben Fontaine, Ante Zlomislic and Luke Roberts have committed to the Surrey Eagles for the 2021-‘22 season. (Photos courtesy of Surrey Eagles)

Surrey Eagles ink trio of major-midget teammates for 2021-‘22 season

Ben Fontaine, Ante Zlomislic and Luke Roberts join team from Vancouver NE Chiefs

The current BC Hockey League season has yet to begin, but the Surrey Eagles are already planning for the 2021-‘22 season after the signing of three major-midget teammates.

Earlier this month, the Eagles announced that three members of the B.C. Major Midget League’s Vancouver North East Chiefs – forwards Ben Fontaine and Ante Zlomislic and defenceman Luke Roberts – have committed to the junior ‘A’ team for next season.

All three players are 17 years old.

“All three can play. It was just a lucky coincidence they were all with the NE Chiefs under a great coach in Jamie Jackson,” said Cam Keith in a news release posted to the Eagles’ website.

“You can see the chemistry between those three, they’ve been together for 3 years… You can see the chemistry and how they’ve built off each other and it’s a huge plus to add these guys who have played together for as long as they have.”

During his last full season with the Chiefs, Fontaine, who is a Maple Ridge resident, scored 16 goals and added 24 assists in 36 games. He also played two games with the BCHL’s Coquitlam Express as an affiliate player.

“I heard nothing but good things about Surrey, the organization and the coaching staff. As soon as I met [the coaching staff] in person and talked to them in person, I just knew it was where I wanted to play,” Fontaine said, adding that he expects to “be a grinder for this team” when next season starts.

• READ ALSO: Surrey Eagles’ O’Hearn commits to Yale University

Zlomislic, a Coquitlam native, scored 10 goals and added 11 assists with the Chiefs during the last full BCMML season, and said he expects to bring speed to the Eagles’ lineup.

“I’m going to bring a quick pace, strong play in the corners and a strong shot,” he said. “I believe I’m going to do great things here.”

Roberts, meanwhile, should add some youth and possibly some offence to the Eagles’ blue line. He scored six goals and added 22 assists in 40 BCMML games in his last season.

“Luke’s a late bloomer type who found his offensive game in his midget career. He’s trending upwards quickly, and when you watch him play he’s really exciting,” said Keith about his new recruit.

“Every play has deception, he has a great shot, he’s not afraid to join the rush, and also he can defend. He puts his body on the line in the defensive zone, and takes pride in his play on both ends of the ice.”

All three players added that they were excited at the prospect of continuing to play together at the junior level.

“I’m super proud of those guys. They deserve everything they’ve got and their super hard workers. It’s going to be a lot of fun next year with those guys around,” Roberts said.



sports@peacearchnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

BCHLSurrey Eagles

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from Feb. 21 to Feb. 27, 2021. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)
Delta’s COVID-19 numbers continue to climb

Total number of cases in Fraser Health increased by 206 from Feb. 21-27

An example of a Surrey Police cruiser, showcased at Mayor Doug McCallum’s State of the City Address at Civic Hotel in May of 2019. (File photo: Amy Reid)
Surrey Police Service hires first three inspectors as ‘next layer of leadership’

Three men have more than 80 years of combined experience

Scales of Justice
Court awards woman $167K after vehicle was struck by White Rock taxi in 2016

Plaintiff’s knee injuries and resulting chronic pain disability are genuine, judge rules

Delta police have arrested a suspect in the theft of a custom-made wheelchair hoist stolen from a Ladner condo complex’s underground parkade on Dec. 15, 2020. (Debbie J Green/Facebook photos)
Delta police arrest suspect in theft of custom wheelchair hoist

The device was stolen Dec. 15, 2020 in Ladner and later recovered, stripped and damaged, in Surrey

TEASER - SAGAís Gift Shop Manager Barbie Warwick wearing The Summons while sketching in Facing Time exhibit. Photo by Pardeep Singh.jpg
‘The Summons’ face masks created as fundraiser for Surrey Art Gallery Association

Image of magnolia flower and poetry printed on specially designed mask

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry head for the B.C. legislature press theatre to give a daily update on the COVID-19 pandemic, April 6, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C. nears 300,000 COVID-19 vaccinations, essential workers next

564 new cases, four deaths, no new outbreaks Thursday

Municipal Affairs Minister Josie Osborne speaks in the B.C. legislature, March 4, 2021. (Hansard TV)
B.C. Liberals, NDP sing in harmony on local election reforms

Bill regulates paid canvassers, allows people in condo buildings

(National Emergency Management Agency)
No tsunami risk to B.C. from powerful New Zealand earthquake: officials

An 8.1 magnitude earthquake shook the north of New Zealand Thursday morning

(AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
Pandemic stress, isolation key factors as to why Canadians turned to cannabis, alcohol

Study found that isolation played key role in Canadians’ substance use

Burnaby Mounties responded to 56 complaints and issued 10 tickets to people flouting COVID-19 restrictions in February. (Patrick Davies/100 Mile Free Press)
COVID denier fined $2,300 for hosting gathering in her home: Burnaby RCMP

The woman told Mounties she does not believe the pandemic is real

Grand Forks’ Gary Smith stands in front of his Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster float. Photo: Submitted
Grand Forks’ Flying Spaghetti Monster leader still boiling over driver’s licence photo

Gary Smith, head of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster of B.C., said he has since spoken to lawyers

RCMP members responded to calls of a man-down at Landsdowne mall in Richmond Wednesday afternoon. The 40-year-old was suffering from stab wounds. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
Man in critical condition following afternoon attack outside Richmond mall: RCMP

The Vancouver resident was found lying injured outside Richmond’s Lansdowne Centre

A Cowichan Valley mom is wondering why masks haven’t been mandated for elementary schools. (Metro Creative photo)
B.C. mom frustrated by lack of mask mandate for elementary students

“Do we want to wait until we end up like Fraser Health?”

Most Read