STOCKTON – Hockey was always an important part of the family dynamic when Spencer Foo was growing up.
His father, John Foo, was born in the South American country of Guyana, but moved to Canada and became a huge fan. His sons inherited his passion for hockey, and a few of them turned out to be pretty decent players.
Spencer, who grew up in Edmonton Alberta, is playing with the Stockton Heat and has already had a short trip to the NHL. His younger brother, Parker, is playing in college and was a fifth-round draft choice of the Chicago Blackhawks last year.
“When (John Foo) got to Canada, obviously hockey is the big buzz and he got into it,” Spencer Foo said during the latest episode of The Record’s 209 Overtime podcast. “I remember always having a hockey stick in my hands in the basement, whether I’d be playing around with my dad or my brothers or whatever. From a young age, I fell in love with the game.”
Spencer Foo, 24, is in his second season with the Heat, the Calgary Flames’ American Hockey League affiliate who plays host to the Ontario Reign 7 p.m. today at Stockton Arena. He had a solid season last year with 20 goals and 39 total points, and a good start to this one. But the ultimate goal is the NHL, and received a little taste during the 2017-18 season.
He appeared in four games for the Flames, and had two goals. His first NHL goal occurred on April 5 of this year against the Winnipeg Jets.
“It was super exciting,” Spencer Foo said. “In any sport you play, you hope to get to the highest level, and you hope to have success. To get that taste last year up at the big club, it was phenomenal.”
Spencer played collegiately at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., and Parker, 20, is currently with the Dutchmen.
“He’s a really good player. He’s a little bit bigger than me and a really good skater,” Spencer Foo said of his brother. “I’m excited to be able to watch him, and it’s pretty cool him being at Union College.”
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