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Trail, British Columbia (June 20, 2018) – The Trail Smoke Eaters would like to announce that Jeremy Lucchini has committed to York University for the 2018-2019 season. The York University Lions compete in the 20-team Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Conference, which competes for the historic Queens Cup each spring. The Lions are coming off a season in which they collected 22 wins to go against their 15 losses and are the 2016-2017 OUA Champions. In 2018, the Lions had a solid playoff run, reaching the Ontario University Athletics semi-finals before losing out to the Brock Badgers in three games.

Lucchini is a veteran of almost 200 games in the BCHL, having played four seasons with the Smoke Eaters.  Over Lucchini’ s BCHL career he accumulated 75 regular season points and added another 17 points over the past two playoffs. The 2017-2018 season was Jeremy’s most productive as a Smoke Eater and one in which he matured into a dominant offensive defenceman.

The Trail Smoke Eaters are pleased to see another of our graduating players secure an opportunity to continue their hockey and academic career. “The Trail Smoke Eaters organization is proud to see Jeremy commit to York University.  Jeremy has been such an integral part of the Smoke Eaters success on the ice and in the community, developing over the past four years. His progress and hard work helped this team get to where it is today and is a testament to Jeremy’s work ethic and character. We look forward to following Jeremy as a student athlete,” said Craig Clare, Director of Hockey & Business Operations.   

Lucchini added, “I am extremely excited to be given an opportunity to further my education and play hockey at York University.  I would like to thank Rich and Annie Murphy as well as the entire Trail Smoke Eaters front office. I would also like to thank my coaches over my 4 years, Barry Zanier, Curtis Toneff, Jessie Leung and Cam Keith for the time and effort they put in with me.  Lastly, I would like to thank the community of Trail who represent the best fans in the BCHL. It was an honour to play for my home town”.

York is Canada’s third largest interdisciplinary research and teaching institution. The School has 25 interdisciplinary and collaborative research centres, with strengths in vision and space sciences, history and refugee studies, health, the environment, climate change, sustainability and digital media. York University offers student-athletes the opportunity to participate at the highest level of university competition. For over 40 years, York University has been making its mark on the Canadian sport scene. Provincial and national team titles, combined with numerous athletes and coaches who participate on many of Canada’s national teams, attest to the success of York’s inter-university sport program.