It’s been quite a year for Prince George Spruce Kings forward Lucas Vanroboys. He started the 2018-19 season with a new team, the Cowichan Valley Capitals, then was acquired by Prince George in January. He went on to play 15 regular-season games with the Spruce Kings and all 17 playoff games as he was a key part in the team winning their first-ever Fred Page Cup championship. After a Doyle Cup title and an appearance in the final game of the National Junior A Championship, he’s added another milestone to cap of his season as he has announced his commitment to play for the Bentley University Falcons next year.
Vanroboys started his BCHL career with the Nanaimo Clippers in 2017-18 before moving on to Cowichan Valley to start the following season. Over his two-year career, the 19-year-old from Thamesville, Ont. played in 93 regular-season games and put up 47 points. His best stretch came in this year’s playoffs with Prince George where he had four goals and five assists for nine points in 17 games.
The Bentley campus is located in Waltham, Mass. and the team plays in the Atlantic Hockey conference, alongside Air Force, American International, Army West Point, Canisius, Holy Cross, Mercyhurst, Niagara, Robert Morris, Rochester Institute of Technology and Sacred Heart.
The Falcons finished last season in second place in Atlantic Hockey with a 15-9-4 in-conference record. The team eventually lost to Robert Morris in the Atlantic Hockey quarterfinals.
Last year’s Bentley team featured a number of BCHL alums, including Luke Santerno (Trail Smoke Eaters), Jake Kauppila (Trail), Jonathan Desbiens (West Kelowna Warriors), Cody DePourcq (Penticton Vees) and Aiden Pelino (Chilliwack Chiefs).
Alberni Valley Bulldogs defenceman Marcus Walter and Wenatchee Wild forward Matt Gosiewski are also both committed to the Falcons for 2019-20.