Former Smokie goalie commits

Former Trail Smoke Eater Lyndon Stanwood accepted an NCAA scholarship to Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Ill.

The veteran of nearly 100 games in the BCHL, Stanwood played two years with the Smoke Eaters before being traded to Chilliwack last summer, eventually landing with the Rivermen mid-season where he put up the best numbers of his career. In a Langley jersey, the 20-year old boasted a 2.48 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage.

Having finished his junior career, Stanwood is looking forward to his freshman year at one of Division III’s most prestigious universities.

“I just felt the education is right for me, it will suit my learning style and I think the hockey program is top notch, it seems like they’ll be great for the next four years that I’ll be there,” said Stanwood.

Stanwood had a good rookie season with the Smokies, but the emergence of Adam Todd as the number one starter in 2012-13 deemed the diminutive goaltender expendable. The Smokies traded Stanwood last summer to the Chiefs for Brodyn Nielson and futures. In two seasons with Trail,  Stanwood played in 70 games registering 22 wins and 44 losses.

“We’re really happy for Lyndon to have this opportunity to go to such a prestigious school where he’ll get a world class education,” said Rivermen head coach Bobby Henderson.

“On the athletic side Lake Forest is getting a high end goaltender and they’re looking for him to contribute right away.”

After playing his first two years of junior in the Silver City, the Vancouver native was able to finish his final season close to home and with a strong team in the Rivermen.

“Everything changed around I thought it was really good for my career. It’s a wonderful organization with great leadership, great owners, coaches were incredible, it was just a great way to wrap up a junior career,” said Stanwood.

Stanwood’s scholarship brings the number of Rivermen from the 2013-14 roster committed to the NCAA to 13.

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