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Lakers add new recruit from the east coast

'We add another captain from the Maritimes who has offensive potential'
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Photo courtesy Nipissing University Athletics.

The Nipissing Lakers men's hockey team has added some more leadership with the addition of New Brunswick product Pascal Valcourt.  

The 5'10", 161 pound forward was the captain of the Campbellton Tigers of the Maritime Junior 'A' Hockey League where he netted 20 goals along with 45 assists for 65 points in 52 games in his final season of junior hockey eligibility. 

"I would say I am a two-way forward that can contribute on both ends of the ice," Valcourt said in a release. 

"I am a speedy forward with a good ice vision and some good playmaking skills and compete hard every time I'm on the ice."

Lakers head coach Mike McParland is excited about Valcourt joining the program and looks forward to having him in the lineup when the season begins.

"We add another captain from the Maritimes who has offensive potential. Pascal is an above-average skater who should bring speed to our team," McParland said.

"Where Pascal fits in we will see when we come together. I believe he can play up and down in the lineup."

See related: COVID-19 impacting university athletic recruiting season 

See related: Ontario University Athletics putting the brakes on all sports for the fall semester

The Lakers will continue to prepare for the new season which will not begin until January due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

“Unprecedented times require unprecedented action, which is what led us to this difficult decision,” said Dr. Mike DeGagné, Chair of the OUA Board of Directors and President at Nipissing University in a news release from June 8.

“The health of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, officials, and fans is our number one priority, and after significant consultation, we believe that OUA sport cannot be delivered prior to December 31.”


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