Ex-Rockets captain wins national award
Former Kelowna Rockets' captain Lucas Bloodoff is the player of the year in CIS men's hockey.
The Castlegar native and University of St. Mary's Huskies forward was named the country's top university player this week at the CIS awards ceremony in Saskatoon.
Bloodoff, who was also named the Atlantic conference MVP earlier this month, had 38 points in 28 games in his third season with the Huskies' program.
Also a first-team all-Canadian, Bloodoff connected for a league-high 20 goals. He had three game-winning markers and a CIS-leading 12 power play goals in 2012-13.
“Lucas is a natural leader who brings the most out in his teammates and those around him,” St, Mary's coach Trevor Stienburg. “After 16 years of coaching at this level, his commitment to his team and teammates is second to none and he has made our team, department and school a better place with his personality, professionalism and passion. He epitomizes not only what anyone would want in a student athlete but more so what you would want in a son.”
In four seasons with the WHL's Rockets from 2006 to 2010, Bloodoff scored 64 goals and 124 points in 259 games.