Walleye lands local lad Leduc

September 5, 2022

Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League has added to its pool of local Thunder Bay products with the signing of a plum 2006 birth year forward.

Max Leduc, a 5-foot-10, 170 pound forward who led the Under 16 AAA Thunder Bay Kings in scoring during the 2021-2022 season, becomes the first 16-year old player to ever be signed by Kam River. The Fighting Walleye finished atop the standings in ’21-22 in its first full season as members of the SIJHL.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the signing of Max Leduc,” said Kam River general manager Kevin McCallum. “Our organization takes development very seriously and when signing an underage player, we need to make sure we are doing the best thing for Max. We gave him mountains to climb to be here, at rookie camp and main camp, and he answered every challenge. Max pushed out very good Junior A hockey players and earned his way into a Walleye uniform.

“He is a special talent and we believe we won’t have him long as we will do everything in our power to get Max to the next level,” McCallum added. “We like to say ‘players, not hostages,’ and as an organization we believe in doing what’s best for the player, always.

“The Fighting Walleye wish to thank the Thunder Bay Kings for the huge role they have played in Max’s development,” McCallum concluded.

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