Two Eagles accept scholarship offers
The Surrey Eagles will have a markedly different look when they hit the ice this fall, after two players signed scholarship offers earlier this month, and two more players were dealt to a division rival.
Originally expected to return to the Eagles’ nest for the 2008/09 season, last year’s leading scorer Cameron Sinclair signed to play this fall at Bowling Green University in Ohio.
Sinclair, an Windsor, Ont. native, spent one season with the Eagles, tallying a team-high 37 goals and 76 points. He was named the team’s rookie of the year.
In addition to Sinclair, last year’s captain Phil Magistrale – who graduated from the B.C. Hockey League after the season – signed to play this season for the Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks, in Waterloo, Ont.
Magistrale had an all-star season in South Surrey last year, and led all BCHL blue-liners in points, with 62 in 60 games.
After Sinclair signed the late scholarship offer, Eagles’ head coach Shane Kuss continued to tinker with his roster, dealing away forwards Max Grassi and John Bokla to the Burnaby Express in exchange for 17-year-old forward Spencer Bennett.
Grassi and Bokla – both entering their final junior hockey seasons – were among Surrey’s top offensive contributors last season, finishing with 19 and 13 goals, respectively.
In Bennett, the Eagles get a young player who last year tallied six goals and 17 points in 58 games for the Express.
Earlier this offseason, the Eagles also signed highly-touted goaltender Vinny Lessard, a Quebec native who played last year at St. Andrew’s College – a prep school in Aurora, Ont.