Saints dip into Grizzlies den and add Lucas Hildebrand to roster for next season
Another week, another signing by the braintrust of the Selkirk College Saints Men’s Hockey program.
Staff is pleased to announce a commitment from defenceman Lucas Hildebrand of Vancouver, B.C. to attend the Castlegar-based school for the upcoming 2012/13 B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season.
Hildebrand joins the Saints following three seasons in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, which he split between the Grand Forks Border Bruins and the Revelstoke Grizzlies.
He was Revelstoke’s highest scoring defenceman during the 2011/12 season with seven goals and 30 assists in 49 games, helping the Grizzlies to a 37-11-0-4 record and a first place finish in the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference.
He was honoured with the Grizzlies’ Best Defenceman award at the conclusion of the season.
"Lucas is a player we’ve been focused on for a while now and I’m very excited that he’s made the decision to pursue his education at Selkirk College," says Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.
"He comes to us on a very good recommendation from his coach in Revelstoke and with Vernon of the BCHL, where he played some games as a 20-year old last season."
At 6-foot-4 and 200-pounds, Hildebrand brings size and a big shot to the Saints’ blueline.
"I’m excited to come to Selkirk for the opportunity to meet new people, play a high level of hockey and start a new chapter in my life," says Hildebrand, who describes himself as a stay-at-home defenceman with a whatever-it-takes attitude.
"I’m looking forward to continuing my hockey career at a great school and starting my schooling with the goal of becoming a firefighter."
Hildebrand is the fourth defenceman to commit to the Saints for the 2012/13 season, joining Brett Kipling (Melville, SJHL), Dylan Smith (Richmond, PIJHL) and Mark Strachan (Kimberley, KIJHL).
Also committed to the Saints for the 2012/13 season are forwards Logan Proulx (Cowichan Valley, BCHL), Thomas Hardy (Aldergrove, PIJHL), Jackson Garrett (Comox Valley, VIJHL), Stephen Saretsky (Wellington, OJHL), Cole Thomson (Kerry Park, VIJHL), Scott Swiston (Creston, KIJHL), Connor McLaughlin (Fernie, KIJHL), Kyle Golz (Grandview, PIJHL), Cody Fidgett (Delta, PIJHL), John Proctor (Delta, PIJHL), Matthew Luongo (Aldergrove, PIJHL), Jared Seutter (Chase, KIJHL) and Brodie Gibbon (Oceanside, VIJHL) as well as goaltender Stephen Wolff (Oceanside, VIJHL).