The British Columbia Hockey League's Nanaimo Clippers are pleased to announce that rookie defenceman Sam Labrecque has committed to attend Michigan Tech University and suit up for the NCAA Division I Huskies for the 2011/12 season.
Labrecque joined the Clippers from Stanstead High School in Quebec and has made an immediate impression in his first BCHL season. The 18-year old has enjoyed strong success in the offensive zone, where he has scored seven goals and totalled 11 points in just 13 games.
"Sam has distinguished himself as an all-purpose player with an exceptional ability to read the play and shoot the puck," says Clippers general manager and head coach Bill Bestwick. "He has a very bright future (at the NCAA level)."
Labrecque has been recruited heavily by several NCAA institutions and selected Michigan Tech following a recruiting visit last week. he will join a number of fellow BCHL alumni when he begins his freshman season in two years, including recent league graduates Kevin Genoe, Milos Gordic and Evan Witth.
The Granby, PQ product is the third Clippers player with an NCAA commitment, as forward Brayden Jaw (Harvard) and blueliner Victor Newell (Yale) secured commitments during the 2009/10 season.
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