UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The New York Islanders have announced today
that Lakers' junior defenseman Kevin Czuczman (10-11--21) will forgo his senior season
in lieu of a two-year, entry-level contract with the National
Hockey League team. He is expected to earn his business degree this
Czuczman, the Port Elgin, Ont., native, was a
key contributor to the Lakers (16-19-1) this season with his
scoring prowess from the blue line. Czuczman led all Western Collegiate Hockey Association
defensemen in goals scored and was tied for sixth in the WCHA in
overall defenseman points. Currently he sits tied for second in the
nation in defensemen goals.
The 6-3, 205-pound defenseman appeared in 114 games as a Laker
and finished his stellar career with 14 goals and 31 assists. Last
season the Lakers named him the team's Most Valuable Defenseman. He
was named Outstanding Freshman in 2011-12.
The Lakers will now look elsewhere for defenseman experience
next season, a group that the Lakers leaned upon heavily through
out the 2013-14 season. With the signing, the Lakers are now down
to three upcoming juniors and one sophomore-to-be for defensemen on
the depth chart.