It's tough when any hockey team loses its leading scorer.
Fortunately for the Fort Frances Lakers, that won't be the case next season.
Lakers' head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan last week announced that forward Nick Lucas will be returning to the squad for another campaign.
In his first year in the SIJHL, the Cottage Grove, Mn. native topped the team with 19 goals and 26 assists in 53 games.
The 20-year-old also added six assists in nine playoff games in helping the fifth-place Lakers reach the SIJHL semi-finals against the top-ranked Dryden GM Ice Dogs.
“Nick is primed to have a good season,” Strachan said in a press release.
"I have watched him skate on two different occasions through the spring and summer and he looks good.
“He will be depended on for leadership and to build off the season he had last year,” added Strachan.
“We are excited to have Nick return!”
In related news, the Lakers will be holding their annual tryout camp this Friday through Sunday (July 6-8) at the Lake of the Woods Arena in Baudette, Mn.
It is open to all free-agent players who were born between 1998-2002.