The following has been copied from the official website of the Ontario Tech Ridgebacks.
OSHAWA, Ont. – The Ontario Tech men’s hockey team has announced the recruitment of Campbellton Tigers captain, Pierre-Luc Lurette (Val d’Amour, N.B.).
“Pierre-Luc had a very strong Jr. A career and the fact that he was a local player and played in Campbellton for five years is even more remarkable,” said Tigers head coach and general manager Greg Leland of his former captain. “We were very happy for him that in his last season, as captain, we were able to reach the league final where we enjoyed sell out crowds of over 2,500 people each night. He led our team in scoring in his last two years and was a first team all-star defenceman as well. Equally impressive is his consistent involvement in community events, whether it be school visits, minor hockey practices, or working with mentally disabled adults through his mother’s place of employment. Pierre-Luc was a terrific ambassador for the Restigouche region, and we are very pleased that he will now contribute to the Ontario Tech community in a positive manner as a student/athlete.”
Lurette, who comes in at 6’3, is a big-bodied mobile defenceman that is capable of driving the play forward. He has great offensive awareness, as seen by his 150 points (51 G, 99 A) throughout his 233 game career in the Maritime Hockey League (MHL). Lurette has also contributed in the playoffs, scoring 11 points (6 G, 5 A) in 31 games.
A draft selection of the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL), Lurette capped off his final season in the MHL by leading all defencemen in scoring, recording a point-per-game pace (48 points in 48 games).
Ridgebacks head coach Curtis Hodgins had this to say of the former MHL all-star, “Pierre-Luc is a big and strong defenceman with a real heavy shot who will be a nice addition to our defenceman group. He is coming off a terrific final season with his Campbellton Tigers team where he captained the team on their march to the league finals and he will bring some great character and leadership ability to our program along with providing some offence from the back end. We look forward to welcoming Pierre to our campus in September.”
Lurette becomes the fourth MHL recruit to Ontario Tech, joining South Shore Lumberjack teammatesCody Grant and Nicolas Tardif, and Yarmouth Mariners product Noah McMullin. Adding in Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) forward Tyson McConnell and Stratford Warriors (GOJHL) standout Sean Ross, the Ridgebacks now have six recruits committed to join the team for the 2019-20 season.