The Nipawin Hawks got a whole lot bigger and a whole lot more skilled
on the weekend with the addition of 2010 SJHL rookie of the year Eli
Lichtenwald spent the last 2 years with Omaha of the USHL.
“We’ve said it all along, we want to make a serious run for everything” said Hawks GM and Head Coach Doug Johnson.
“When you have the opportunity to bring in a guy like Eli who has a
scholarship already and I think will come in and be one of the best
forwards in the league you have to do it.”
The Saskatoon product is commited to Union (NCAA-Division 1) for the 2013-2014 season.
In 2010-2011 he put up 45 points in 56 games and was second on the Hawks in points behind current U of S Huskie Matt Spafford.
Lichtenwald has battled injuries in his two seasons in the USHL but was named the captain of the Lancers ahead of this season.
“As good as he is on the ice he’s a better person off the ice and he
will be a huge leader for us in the next 20 games” Johnson added.
The former Saskatoon Blazer tallied 29 points in 60 games with Omaha since arriving in the fall of 2011.
Johnson added, “He will be huge for us down the stretch. You don’t
find a 6’6″ 225 pound forward with skill, that can skate and can play
special teams everyday.”
Lichtenwald is expected to be in the lineup Saturday night when the Hawks host the Battlefords North Stars.
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