Former North Bay Battalion forward Luke Moncada is heading east next season to play USport hockey.
The Acadia Axemen recently announced that the Markham, Ontario product is joining the program.
The 6’1” centre who played 4 seasons of junior in the OHL, and spent last season in the AHL where he had three points in 17 games with the Cleveland Monsters in 2020-21.
“Axemen fans can expect to see a responsible 200 ft centremen that impacts the game on both ends of the ice. A player with a lot of passion and heart and will do anything to help my team win,” said Moncada in a release.
“Through conversations with Darren Burns and Kris Mcdonald alongside speaking with current and former Acadia players, it was clear that Acadia offered me the best opportunity to further both my education and hockey career. Between the on and off ice training regiment at Acadia and the highly competitive AUS conference, it was clear that Acadia was the best fit for me."
Luke was drafted 42nd overall in the 2016 OHL Priority draft by the Guelph Storm. After playing for the Storm in his first season, he was traded to the North Bay Battalion. In the 2019-20 season, he was named assistant captain with North Bay and had his best offensive season, scoring 34 goals in 62 regular season games, and a total of 60 points.
Moncada played in 234 regular season games, scoring 106 points and adding 134 penalty minutes during his four seasons in the OHL.
Darren Burns, Axemen head coach, is very pleased with the new addition to the Acadia lineup.
“Luke is a huge addition to our program," he said.
"It was extremely important to add a player of his skill level to our lineup. He is a very gifted two-way forward who plays a strong game all over the ice. His intelligence on the ice allows him to be very versatile. Spending the season in the American Hockey League will help him bring a lot of experience to our program in his first year. It was easy to tell in my discussions with him that he has a tremendous passion for the game.”
Acadia was named the host team for the USports hockey national tournament this March in Halifax, NS, after hosting the 2020 tournament which was halted after one day of play due to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.