It may not be your typical way of recruiting, but it’s a welcomed addition nevertheless.
The Nipissing Lakers men’s hockey team is excited to announce that forward Jake Wright will suit up for the team in the 2017-18 season, after transferring from Lakehead, where he spent a pair of seasons.
Wright, who hails from Sault Ste. Marie, had an impressive junior career, which was split between the NOJHL and the MJAHL.
Lakers head coach Mike McParland is excited to add Wright to the lineup, as he should be able to bring some offensive skill to the team.
“We are very excited to add a player with Jake’s experience. With two years OUA under his belt we are looking for Jake to be an impact player,” McParland said.
Wright played two seasons with the Thunderwolves, scoring 12 goals and 27 points after four years of junior hockey.
“I am very excited to join Nipissing, the school and hockey program. I’ve heard nothing but good things about the school and I’m thankful for the hockey team and coach McParland to give me an opportunity to continue playing,” Wright said.
In two seasons with the Soo Thunderbirds, Wright piled up 81 points – 31 goals and 50 assists – in 82 games, helping the team advance to the Dudley Hewitt Cup.
He added five points at the DHC, once again helping his team to a championship, as the T-Birds earned a spot in the RBC Cup, the national junior championship.
After success with the Thunderbirds, Wright moved on to play with the Woodstock Slammers where he had two very strong season, scoring 130 points – 47 goals and 83 assists – in 103 games.
He was originally a draft pick of the Sarnia Sting in 2010, going in Round 12.
McParland said Wright’s success at the junior A level, as well as experience playing in the OUA/CIS the last couple seasons will allow an easier transition to the Lakers.
And the veteran head coach is hoping to see an almost immediate impact from the 6-foot, 205-pound forward.
“He will be expected to add some grit, but the fact that he had 12 goals over his two years at Lakehead will be a good offensive addition,” McParland said.
Wright, who is looking to join the BPHE program, said he hopes to contribute in a number of ways and feels he’s a pretty versatile player.
“I am hoping to bring experience to the team after two years at Lakehead. I am an all-around player, hard-nose grinder who can help on the forecheck, kill penalties and get to the dirty areas to score goals,” Wright said, describing his play.
Wright said his goal, along with the team’s focus, is to get back into the post-season and once they’re there, make some noise.
The experienced he gained both through four years of junior, as well as his time at Lakehead, will help with his own success, but more importantly the team overall team success.
“First and foremost I think everyone’s goal in the league is to make the playoffs. I think that would be a good goal for the team and I think we will surprise teams next year,” Wright said. “I believe playing at Lakehead the past two years will help me jump right into the lineup and hopefully contribute right away.”
The Nipissing Lakers Nordic ski team has added an OFSAA gold medalist to their program for the 2017-18 season.
The Lakers are excited and happy to announce the signing of Alexander Maycock, who joins the Lakers after graduating from Orangeville District Secondary School and Highlands Nordic ski club.
Maycock is excited to take the next step in his career and looks forward to joining a strong program at Nipissing.
“It is a true honour to be working with the amazing team that Nipissing University has to offer. Both academically and athletically, I am confident that Nipissing can fully support me to become the best student-athlete I possibly can,” he said. “Both as a student, in the Bachelor of Physical and Health Education, concurrent program, and a Nordic skiing varsity athlete, I look forward to pursing excellence as a Laker.”
The Orangeville, ON native noted that both the Highlands Nordic club, as well as Mono Nordic club have helped him along his journey and have allowed him to participate in the sport he loves for the past eight years.
And now he’s able to do it at the OUA level.
Lakers head coach Toivo Koivukoski said adding Maycock will give his program more depth and will increase their chances when it comes to earning medals throughout the OUA season.
“The coaching staff has been impressed by Alex’s maturity and earnestness as an athlete, and we look forward to supporting him to reach his serious goals in the sport,” he said. “He is an out of the gate contender for a Lakers OUA Championship podium, and shows real potential to represent Canada internationally, which this student-athlete is set on doing.”
Maycock has goals to be successful with the Lakers and at the OUA level, but also has goals to ski on a national and international stage, eyeing the FISU Games, where Koivukoski and two skiers competed just a few months ago.
“Working with the strong and committed group of coaches and athletes that Nipissing has to offer, I will represent the University with Lakers Pride. I will work hard to achieve my goals of winning many OUA medals and Championships both individually and with my team,” he said. “I hope to represent Canada internationally in the coming years at World Junior and Under-23 Championships as well as at the World University FISU Games.”
Koivukoski is confident Maycock can transfer his success and skills to the next level and will fit in nicely with the current lineup, adding to an already strong roster.
“He has been a proven performer as a junior, having represented the Ontario Ski Team both domestically and internationally. That Maycock is inspired to perform for the team, and wants to contribute to the reputation of Nipissing University, makes those individual goals that much more worthwhile,” the veteran head coach said.
An honour student during his high school career, which saw him excel as both a student and an athlete, is coming to a close, but the next step is the most exciting one for Maycock.
“I am very excited for the journey ahead as a Laker,” he stated.