The Trail Smoke Eaters announced on May 1 that 20-year-old graduating player has committed to Lakehead University for the 2017-18 season.
Laframboise joined the Smoke Eaters as part of a summer trade with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. After coming to Trail, Laframboise added offence, leadership, and intensity that the team needed. His 25 goals and 53 points put Laframboise fourth among team scorers and placed him in the top 25 in the BCHL. Before suffering an injury, Laframboise was a critical part of the Smokies playoff run averaging almost one point per game with four goals and three assists.
As it stands, Laframboise is the only BCHL alumni that will suit up for Lakehead University in 2017-18 season.
The Lakehead University Thunderwolves compete in USports as part of the Ontario University Athletics West. The signing will allow Laframboise, who is a native of Thunder Bay, to move closer to home. The Thunderwolves share the OUA West division with Ryerson, York, Guelph, Laurier, Brock, Windsor, Waterloo, Western and Toronto.