Qualicum’s Kramer keen to get back to Brown

Kyle Kramer returned from his first season as a member of the Brown Bears and is looking to build on his freshman season.

Kyle Kramer returned from his first season as a member of the Brown Bears and is looking to build on his freshman season.

Kramer, a Ballenas graduate, suited up for 30 of the 31 games with the NCAA’s Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC)Bears in his first year at Brown, part of the Ivy League division of the NCAA.

A former Save-On-Foods Oceanside General and Nanaimo Clipper, Kramer had some adjusting to do in his first season at Brown.

“It’s a faster game at the university level, for sure,” Kramer said. “I wasn’t really sure what to expect in terms of game speed but it’s pretty quick so I had some adjustments to make right out of the gate. It took a bit of time but I eventually found my feet and adjusted pretty well.”

A hard-hitting forward with a nose for the net, Kramer managed five points (3 goals, 2 assists) in his first season but isn’t worried. Kramer increased his point totals in all four of his seasons with the B.C. Hockey League’s Clippers.

In 2010, he had 21 points (12 goals, 9 assists), 42 points (18 goals, 24 assists) in 2011, 56 points (29 goals, 27 assists) in 2012 and he was the Clippers’ leading scorer in his final season, notching 30 goals and 27 assists.

“I wasn’t really expecting to be a big contributor in my first season there, it’s more about finding where you fit in with the team and learning the system,” he said. “Now that I’ve had one season under my belt I feel like I’ll be able to ramp my game up a level or two next year and hopefully be able to help the team on the score sheet a little more.”

Kramer is home working for the Town of Qualicum Beach’s public works department, looking to recharge his batteries before returning to Providence, Rhode Island for his second year.

“It’s a cool place to live and be able to go to school,” Kramer said. “The buildings are really historic and I like the atmosphere over there. It’s a lot different than the Island, that’s for sure, but it’s always good to go away somewhere and then come back here. It makes you really appreciate what you’ve got back at home.”

Still undeclared in his academic studies, Kramer will be hitting the books hard along with hitting his opponents even harder on the ice, showing his value and trying to rekindle that scoring touch that made him a top BCHL player.

“That’s the goal, for sure, get out there and put the puck in the net,” he said. “If I can play the game I know I can play in the system we’ve got there at Brown, I think I’ll really be able to help the team out and help get us a few extra wins.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Iconic white raven returns to Parksville Qualicum Beach area

Photographer John Domovich: ‘It blew me away when I first observed it’

Parksville’s Summer by the Sea event starts June 30

‘We are looking forward to providing a vibrant market’

Vancouver Island’s current COVID-19 case count officially hits zero

Of the 130 recorded Island Health cases, five people have died, 125 recovered

Qualicum Beach man arrested over racist incident at Tseshaht First Nation

Port Alberni RCMP said the man turned himself in

Trudeau offers $14B to provinces for anti-COVID-19 efforts through rest of year

Making a difference in municipalities is a pricey proposition

‘I’m pissed, I’m outraged’: Federal minister calls out police violence against Indigenous people

Indigenous Minister Marc Miller spoke on recent incidents, including fatal shooting of a B.C. woman

Indigenous families say their loved ones’ deaths in custody are part of pattern

Nora Martin joins other Indigenous families in calling for a significant shift in policing

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

‘Alarmed’: Health critic calls for more data on COVID-19 in trucking industry

Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec said that level of detail is not being collected

UPDATED: Pair accused of ‘horrific’ assault at Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park arrested

Police say Jason Tapp, 30, and Nicole Edwards, 33, did not show up to meet their bail supervisor this week

Kelowna Mountie who punched suspect identified, condemned by sister

‘How did he get away with this? How is this justifiable?’

PHOTOS: Anti-racism protesters gather in communities across B.C.

More protests are expected through the weekend

Most Read