Ladner's Fram named U Sports Defenceman of the Year

Another decorated season for University of Alberta standout who enjoyed a stellar career in the WHL

The post-season hardware collection continued on Wednesday night for Jason Fram.

The 23-year-old from from Ladner was named U Sports Defenceman of the Year during last night’s awards banquet in Lethbridge — host of the national championships. It’s the second straight year he has won the award.

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Earlier, Fram was named Canada West Defenceman of the Year as well as earning a spot on the First All-Star Team.

He was the first Canada West defenceman to record a 30-point season since 2013/14, when Calgary's Giffen Nyren and Alberta's Jordan Rowley both recorded 30 points. Fram was also named to the Canada West First All-Star Team. 

“There's little doubt in anyone's mind that Jason is the best offensive defenceman in the conference,” said Alberta head coach Ian Herbers. “What has impressed me the most this year, is how much better he is getting at the defensive part of his game. He is continually improving his gap, which has allowed him to break up the play before it happens.”

Fram scored twice in Alberta’s 3-1 game one win over Calgary en route to winning the semi-final series. The Golden Bears then defeated Saskatchewan in the conference finals. 

They are the No. 1 seed at nationals.

Fram enjoyed an impressive five-year career in the Western Hockey League with the Spokane Chiefs. 

He capped the run by being named to the WHL Second All-Star Team back in 2016 when he finished with a career-best 12 goals. A year earlier, he managed 62 points in 70 games. He also served two seasons as team captain.

After coming through the South Delta Minor rep program, Fram spent one season in the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League with the Greater Vancouver Canadians. That year, he was also a 15-year-old call-up for the Richmond Sockeyes during their run to the Cyclone Taylor Cup provincial junior B Championships.

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