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Spartans goaltender inks pro contract

Trinity Western Spartans goaltender Harry Fredeman is leaving school after signing a pro contract with a fourth division team in Sweden. - TWU Athletic Department file photo
Trinity Western Spartans goaltender Harry Fredeman is leaving school after signing a pro contract with a fourth division team in Sweden.
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Trinity Western goalie Harry Fredeman will be playing hockey in Sweden next year as the Spartans netminder recently signed a professional contract with Division 2 club IFK Ore, which is based in Furudal.

The 22-year-old Fredeman will join IFK Ore this fall and compete in Sweden’s fourth tier of professional hockey.

Fredeman is coming off his second season playing with Trinity Western. In two years with the Spartans, the 6-foot-1 goalie posted a 4.65 goals against average and a .883 save percentage in 32 games.

This past season, Fredeman was named the BCIHL Goaltender of the Month for October after earning wins in all four of his starts and compiling a 1.15 goals-against average and a .966 save-percentage.

“This (playing professionally) has been the plan forever, really,” said Fredeman. “About halfway through this year, I decided I wanted to focus just on hockey and see where it takes me.

“Trinity Western provides top-class care for its athletes and getting to play in a rink like the Langley Events Centre was fantastic. It was a great experience and it prepared me for this next opportunity.”

This past season, Fredeman played in 16 games, earning six wins and two shutouts.

“I think this speaks to the player development both at Trinity Western and within the BCIHL,” said Spartans coach Barret Kropf. “It shows the quality of our league and the calibre of players that are being produced at this level.

“It also proves that playing collegiate hockey doesn’t have to be the end of the road. Our league is getting better and better and it can be a launching pad for players who are striving towards a professional hockey career.”

Fredeman was part of a record-setting TWU team this year that finished higher in the regular season standings and advanced further in the BCIHL playoffs than any previous Spartans side. After finishing third overall in the regular season standings, the Spartans earned an upset win over Simon Fraser in the first round of the playoffs, advancing to the championship series for the first time in program history. The Spartans settled for a silver medal after losing to Selkirk in the final.

Prior to joining the Spartans, Fredeman played junior B hockey in the Pacific Junior Hockey League with North Delta, Squamish and Mission.

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