Czuczman to forgo senior season

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 spring.

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.

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