Ryan Doucette delivered big time in his delayed debut with the Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League.
Doucette, who had to sit out the first eight games of the season because of a suspension that he received while playing for the Blind River Beavers of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League during the 2022 playoffs, netted three goals, one assist, four points in a recent Kam River sweep of the Sioux Lookout Bombers.
A 5-foot-11, 185 pound forward with a 2003 birth date, Doucette hails from Thunder Bay. As an NOJHL rookie with Blind River in 2021-2022, Doucette netted five goals, 10 assists, 15 points in 41 regular season games for the Beavers and then added one goal, one assist, two points in five playoff outings.
Kam River general manager Kevin McCallum was obviously happy to finally see Doucette in a Fighting Walleye uniform and come through in the productive manner that he did.
“Huge,” McCallum relayed to Hockey News North about Doucette’s opening performance. “He brings speed and a bit of an edge with an offensive upside. I believe he is going to be a key asset for our club.”
Kam River is off to an 8-1-1 start through the first 10 games of the 2022-2023 SIJHL season.