Norton heading to Mercyhurst next season

Surrey Eagles defenceman Owen Norton has committed to the Mercyhurst University Lakers for the 2018-19 season.

Norton, in his first year in the BCHL, was a rock on the back end for the Eagles this year scoring four goals and adding 27 assists. The Ancaster, Ont. native added another eight assists in 13 playoff games. He was also named the team’s Rookie of the Year for his performance.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Owen,” Eagles head coach Brandon West said in an article posted to the Surrey Eagles website. “We are very happy for him and his family. Owen developed his game throughout the season and was a huge impact down the stretch and into playoffs. We wish him and Mercyhurst nothing but the best.”

The Mercyhurst is located in Erie, Penn. and they are coached by Rick Gotkin. They play in the Atlantic Hockey conference that includes Air Force, AIC, Army West Point, Bentley, Canisius, Holy Cross, Niagara, Robert Morris, RIT and Sacred Heart.

Last year’s Lakers team that went 21-12-4 did not feature any former BCHL players and, currently, Norton is the only BCHLer committed to Mercyhurst for the upcoming season.