Foster Added to Club
The Flames have added a forward to the lineup with the addition of TJ Foster who began this season at Sport in top Finnish league, Liiga. The 5’11”, 175lb skater made his European debut last season when he iced 45 games with Frisk Asker in Norway where he had 23 goals and 48 points. 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 in 2015-2016 when the 26 year old 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.
“I’m excited to be joining the team,” said Foster. “I’ve heard nothing but good things about the organization from my former teammates, and I hope I can make a positive impact on the ice.”
Foster’s addition to the Flames dressing room is a reunion of sorts for the native of Edmonton who played 2 seasons with several members of the current Spectrum squad while 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.
“We were not actively looking for players in any particular way, but a situation came up where we realised TJ might be interested in joining us,” explained Head Coach Paul Dixon.
“He is an excellent skating, highly skilled forward, and we know that a lot of our guys are already very familiar with him as a dressing room personality.”
“It made sense for us to try and figure out a way to get him here, and we are very excited that we have been able to add him to our roster.”
“He is an exciting player to watch, and we know that this addition does a great deal to help improve the skill depth of our roster.”