Former LaSalle Viper Plays In Canada-Russia CHL Series – by C. Scott Holland
It’s not often hockey players get a chance to perform on a “big stage” in the town/city where they developed as a junior hockey player.
But former LaSalle Vipers’ centreman Aaron Luchuk (2013/14, 46 games played, 23 g., 35 a., 58 points) had that glorious opportunity recently.
The 5′ 8″ Kingston native, who only spent one season with LaSalle, played for the OHL lineup in game four of the Canada-Russia series (Monday, November 16) at the Windsor Family Credit Union Arena.
A crowd of 5,446 watched the OHL and Russian teams engage a low scoring 2-1 battle which the OHL All-Stars won.
Head coach of the OHL team, Rocky Thompson (Windsor Spitfires) praised the squad, “We hardly had a whistle for the first seven minutes and the guys were playing really well, so we didn’t have too many adjustments to make – just a few minor details. Both teams played well from start to finish, but it was a great effort from the OHL players I thought.”
Luchuk was named to play in Monday’s contest after notching his team-leading 13th goal in Sunday’s OT win at home over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Playing not only for Team OHL, but in front of the large “hometown” Windsor crowd and such a talented group of Russian players, will probably be the first of many highlights for Luchuk.
“Going into this year (as a sophomore) I wasn’t expected to do anything like this. I headed into summer with a mindset that I’ve got a lot to prove,” Luchuk said.
Indeed, the 18 year-old has shown his skills nicely this season. In 21 games he has collected 13 goals along with 6 assists and has a plus 15. As several fellow Spitfires have noted, he is a key part of the Windsor Spitfires rejuvenation.