From Green & Gold to Red & Gold Golden Bears Hockey alumni Jason Fram has high aspirations for his hockey career, including a goal of competing for China at the Winter Olympics

By Brock Withrow, Golden Bears & Pandas Athletics

National Champion. Professional hockey player. Aspiring Olympian. These all describe former Golden Bears hockey alumni Jason Fram.

The highly decorated former Golden Bear defenceman Jason Fram just finished his second season with the Kunlun Red Star in Beijing, China in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Fram, who is of Chinese heritage, has expressed an interest in playing on China’s Olympic hockey team in the future, something that might not be that far-fetched.

“It would be the opportunity of a lifetime to be able to be a part of the Olympics with all the other amazing athletes that partake,” said Fram. “I remember Vancouver 2010, just being in the city was amazing. It is something that drew me to coming over to [Beijing] to have a chance to play on that type of stage.”

Fram accomplished so much in his time with the Golden Bears. He was a member of the national championship team in 2018, a national championship all-star in 2019, a two-time U SPORTS Defenceman of the Year (2018 and 2019), and a two-time winner of the Mervyn “Red” Dutton Trophy as Canada West’s Most Outstanding Defenceman (2018, 2019).

“Jason was a special player for the Golden Bears and made an instant impact on the team,” said Golden Bears general manager Stan Marple. “He was an awesome teammate and was a pleasure to be around and coach, a guy that was well liked and respected by his teammates. Jason was a big part of our 16th National Championship in 2018, quarterbacking our powerplay and playing a lot of minutes. He is very mature for his age and a heck of a good guy.”

Fram signed a professional contract to play with the Kunlun Red Star in the KHL in the spring of 2019, and has played 46 games with Kunlun, along with 18 games for their farm team, KRS-BSU Beijing. He credits his time with the Golden Bears and winning a national championship as key contributors to where he is now in his career playing professionally in China.

“I remember lifting the cup and we all were so excited,” said Fram. “It is such an incredible feeling to win after a long journey and working hard all year. I really wanted to win and that was a huge reason why I went to U of A.”

Fram is currently training in the offseason everyday with the motivation of improving his game and continuing to live out his dream of playing professionally. He knows, though, that he is not done working towards fulfilling his dream to suit up for China in the Olympics one day.

“It’s never over. Just because my dream has always been to play professionally, that does not mean it has to be the only dream I have," said Fram. "You cannot give up on something just because it did not work out.”