Locke signs pro contract with Guildford Flames

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OSHAWA, Ont. – Ontario Tech men’s hockey graduate Kyle Locke has inked his first professional contract with the Guildford Flames.  
 
The four-year member of the Ridgebacks signed for the 2021-22 season and will play with former teammate Alex Yuill. The Flames compete in the Elite Ice Hockey League in the United Kingdom.
 
“Playing for the Ridgebacks allowed me to take on a big role, not only in the game of hockey, but in academics as well,” said Locke. “With the support system built around the team, I was put in a position to do well. It led to this opportunity to play in England which I’m grateful for.”
 
Over 95 OUA regular season games at Ontario Tech, the 6’1 defenceman scored six goals with 24 points.
 
“It is real nice to hear that Kyle is getting the opportunity to continue his career at the professional level,” said Ridgebacks head coach Curtis Hodgins. “His strength and physicality will be a nice addition to the Flames team I am sure. And what a unique experience it will be for both Kyle and Alex to play pro hockey together and get to experience the different culture abroad. Our hockey program is excited for both of them and look forward to following their successes.”
 
Despite the pandemic taking away the ability to be on the ice and prepare for this opportunity, Locke turned his attention to the things he could work on.
 
“It’s been tough the last 17 months, but it’s been the same for everyone,” he said. “I used the time to take a step back and focus on other things and enjoy life. For the last month and upcoming month, my training has changed as well as getting on the ice when I can. Just trying to make sure I’m ready and as of now, I feel good.”
 
The Flames open their regular season on Saturday, Sept. 18 at home against the Coventry Blaze.
 



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