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Prince George Spruce King choosing to fly east for college hockey

Lucas Vanroboys’ in-your-face style critical in team’s championship season

A 10th Prince George Spruce King from last season’s championship-winning squad is taking his game to the next level.

Forward Lucas Vanroboys, who’s aggressiveness played a key role in the ‘Kings historic playoff run, has decided to join the United States Division One college ranks and commit to the Bentley University Falcons, a 30-minute drive west of Boston.

The 19-year-old from Thamesville, Ontario earned nine points (four goals, five assists) in the B.C. Hockey League (BCHL) playoffs en route to Prince George’s first Fred Page and Doyle Cup titles in team history, including the opening goal of the Finals series against Vernon.

He had two game-winning goals in the post-season and added one assist for the Spruce Kings while in Brooks, Alberta at the 2019 National Junior ‘A’ Championship.

Vanroboys was also known for his rough-and-tough game, not being afraid of getting physical with opponents in protecting his teammates.

Prince George picked him up at the BCHL trade deadline from the Cowichan Valley Capitals; he also played for the Nanaimo Clippers a season earlier.

He is among eight other players who will be leaving B.C.’s northern capital to start college hockey this Fall for the 2019-20 season.

Bentley competes in the 11-team Atlantic Hockey Association (AHA) Conference.