Thursday, July 31, 2014

Lakers sign pair of players

The Fort Frances Lakers are bringing back a familiar and important face while adding a new one.
The local junior ‘A’ squad yesterday announced forwards Miles Nolan and Matt Vela as their first two signings for the 2014-15 season.

Nolan, a product of Geraldton who turned 20 on Monday, was named the SIJHL Gongshow Gear playoff MVP after leading the league in post-season scoring.
He garnered 15 points in 13 games as the Lakers captured their first Bill Salonen Cup.
Nolan, entering his third season with the squad, added 28 points in 52 regular-season games last year.
“The team is very excited to have Miles back in the lineup for next season,” said Lakers’ general manager and head coach Wayne Strachan.
“He had a break-out offensive campaign in last season’s playoffs and was a huge part of our success in the playoffs,” he added.
Vela, meanwhile, had no points in seven games with the Langley Rivermen of the BCHL last season before he was dealt to the North Vancouver Wolf Pack of the Pacific Junior Hockey League, where he saw no game action.
“We believe Matt will bring to our team strong leadership skills and a consistent physical presence up front that we can improve on from last season,” Strachan said.

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