(Ethan Bear on the ice in his community of the Ochapowace First Nation in Saskatchewan. Photo: Larissa Burnouf/APTN)
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After hoisting the Western Hockey League Championship trophy, Ethan Bear returned home to his small community of Ochapowace First Nation in southern Saskatchewan.
The community welcomed their future National Hockey League player with open arms.
At the age of 14, Bear moved to Kelowna to start his hockey career. Four years later he was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers.
He’s spending part of his summer at home hoping to inspire young people there.
“Just have fun playing hockey you know … make sure you enjoy while you’re young,” Bear told APTN. “And work hard to get better at something.”
Bear said he credits with the support he has received from his family for his success.
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