By Ryan McCracken on May 13, 2017.
Stephen Rosier spent his season providing offence for Medicine Hat Tigers first-round draft pick Garin Bjorklund, and he hopes to keep doing it for years to come.
Rosier joined his Calgary Bisons teammate as a member of the orange and black in the 10th round of the WHL bantam draft, at 216th overall, and says he can’t wait to develop and strive for a common goal alongside Bjorklund.
“It’s pretty exciting. He just moved to Calgary this year and I didn’t know if I’d get to play with him much longer. But now knowing that we’re in the same organization I’ll get to be pretty good buddies with him for a while,” said Rosier. “It’s really helpful knowing you have such a strong goaltender back there to support you. He’s very vocal. He’s just great to have on your team.”
The 15-year-old Calgary product collected 23 goals and 33 assists in 35 games with the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League’s Bisons this season. At 5-foot-7 and 171 pounds, Rosier says he uses his body to his advantage in the gritty areas of the ice.
“I’m a little short but I like to be pretty physical. I like to get into the corners a lot,”said Rosier. “I think I’m a pretty good passer and I have a really good shot.”
While Rosier’s Bisons missed out on an AMBHL championship in a third-round loss to the Lethbridge Golden Hawks, the young power forward truly elevated his game in the post-season — netting eight goals and nine assists in eight games.
“I think I just bring up the intensity a lot more,” he said. “Playing for the championship is very exciting and you just want to win so you put in that extra effort to do the best for your team.”
Rosier is no stranger to the WHL. His cousin Chase Lang played the majority of his four-season WHL career with the Calgary Hitmen, and even billeted with the Rosier family. What’s more, his uncle Greg Suchan spent his formative years in the Ontario Hockey League and has been helping Rosier develop every step of the way.
“He’s supported me along the way, giving me a bunch of advice and helping me get better every day,” Rosier said of his uncle, adding his time billeting Lang gave him some insight into the league. “I got to go to the rink with him a bunch and just see what it’s like at the higher level … I used to go to almost every home game.”
With any luck, he’ll be lacing them up every night for one of his cousin’s divisional rivals, but Rosier knows it won’t come easy.
“I’m going to train twice as hard and try to bulk up so that when I’m 16 I’ll have a pretty good chance, or at least have them notice me,” he said.
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