The Fort Frances Lakers have started the June 17th week with signing of two 20 year olds to their 2014 -2015 roster in Miles Nolan and Matthew Vela. Nolan played the 2013 – 2014 season with the Superior International Junior Hockey League Lakers while Vela finished the season in the Pacific Junior Ice ‘B’ Hockey League with the North Vancouver Wolf Pack.
During the 2013 -2014 regular season, the Fort Frances forward played 52 games in a Laker jersey where Nolan scored 10 goals and had 18 assists. During the 2014 SIJHL playoffs, the 20 year old Laker dressed in 13 more games with sinking 10 goals and adding another 5 assists. Making an appearance at the Dudley Hewitt Cup in Wellington, Ontario with the Lakers, the Geraldton, Ontario scored one goal and had one assist in four games.
Fort Frances coach Wayne Strachan told Junior Hockey Network that “the team is very excited about the return of SIJHL Gongshow Gear Playoff MVP in Nolan for the 2014 -2015 season. He had a breakout offensive campaign in last season’s playoffs and was a huge part of our success in the playoffs” We will look for Miles to further grow his offensive game and continue to be the character player that he brings day in and day out. He definitely will have to be a player we look to and a leader throughout the season.”
In the other signing, Burnaby, British Columbia native Matthew Vela will be joining the 2014 -2015 roster from the Pacific Ice Junior ‘B’ Hockey League. Vela started the 2013 -2014 season with the Aldergrove Kodiaks of the PJHL before heading to the North Vancouver Wolf Pack. Matthew also played seven games with the Langley Rivermen of the British Columbia Hockey League before he headed to the Wolfpack. In 12 games with the Kodiaks, the 20 year old forward had one assist. At the end of the 2013 -2014 PJHL season, Vela sank five goals and assisted on five others in 23 games for North Vancouver.
“We believe Matt will bring to our team strong leadership skills and a consistent physical presence up front that we can improve on from last season. He is a high energy player that can chip in offensively, his work ethic is second to none and is described as a player who can change the momentum of a game with his work habits and compete level. We are extremely pleased to have Matt join our Lakers program and family and welcome him to the team,” said coach Strachan.