by Kevin Parnell
December 21, 2013, Kelowna (ISN) – To say Lucas Bloodoff is having a great university career is putting it lightly. The former Kelowna Rockets captain added a World University Games gold medal to an already storied Canadian University career on Saturday, helping Team Canada win the gold medal in Trentino, Italy at the World University Game.
Bloodoff had an assist in the championship game, a 6-2 win over Kazakhstan at the Gianmario Scola Arena in Canazei, Italy.
The reigning CIS Player of the Year, Bloodoff is in his fourth year at St. Mary’s University in Halifax playing with a full-ride Western Hockey League scholarship.
The team of all-stars from the Atlantic University Sport conference, which edged defending two-time champion Russia 2-1 in Friday’s semifinals, wrapped up the biennial tournament with a 5-1 overall mark.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling. What can you say?,” said Team Canada head coach Gardiner MacDougall from UNB, who was an assistant coach with the 2007 gold medal-winning squad. “We had a slogan BIW and the guys figured it out as we went on our journey – be the best in the world. How often do you become the best in the world in anything you do? In this case, this is a Canadian passion, hockey. The guys should be very, very proud.
“AUS coaches should be very proud of their players that represented our conference, CIS and the country. To add to that, it’s a special time of year, it’s Christmas. December is synonymous in Canada for international hockey and hopefully we can set the trend for the world juniors and the Olympics because we have 28 proud Canadians here in Italy that’s for sure.”