A Summerland hockey player had his debut in the American Hockey League earlier this month.
Deven Sideroff, 19, was on the ice for the San Diego Gulls on April 16, in the team’s regular season finale against the Ontario Reign.
The game ended in a 3-2 win for San Diego.
“It was a really good experience,” Sideroff said of his first AHL game.
Sideroff, a right winger, has played for the Kamloops Blazers in the Western Hockey League since he was 15.
Playing for San Diego was a new experience for Sideroff, since team is a professional level team, with some seasoned players.
While he felt nervous at the start, he felt more comfortable as the game progressed.
“It was a dream come true for me,” Sideroff said.
“For a long time I’ve wanted to play professional hockey.”
The Gulls are now facing the Texas Stars in playoff action.
The Gulls are the farm team for the Anaheim Ducks in the National Hockey League.
Sideroff was selected by Anaheim in the third round, 84th overall, in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Sideroff grew up playing minor hockey in Summerland. He also trained through the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton before gaining the opportunity to play for Kamloops.
His older brother, Rylan Sideroff, played for the Summerland Steam, while his younger brother Tyrell Sideroff is playing minor hockey in Summerland.