Lakers deal for forward


Before he gets to the Ivy League, Francois Lemelin will try to take the rest of the SIJHL to school.
The 19-year-old from Timmins is the newest acquisition of the reigning two-time champion Fort Frances Lakers, who picked up the forward from the Kindersley Klippers (SJHL) for a player development fee.
Lemelin is ticketed to attend Harvard University once his junior career is over, but will put his post-secondary plans on hold for now to try and be part of a Lakers’ “three-peat.”
He had no points in one game with the Minnesota Magicians (NAHL) before being sent to Kindersley, where he notched two assists in seven games.
Meanwhile, two defencemen from the Lakers’ title-winning crew this past season have found new hockey homes for this fall.
Sam Schultz was dealt to the Dauphin Kings (MJHL) for a player development fee.
Schultz, a 19-year-old native of Hartland, Wis., had 26 points in 49 regular-season contests for the Lakers in 2014-15.
Another former Laker, A.J. Kapcheck, has signed with the Robert Morris University Eagles based in Moon, Pa.
Kapcheck, 20, had 26 points in 39 regular-season games in his final year of junior eligibility.
The Mount Prospect, Ill. native added seven assists in 11 playoff games to help the Lakers capture their second-straight SIJHL crown.