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Lakers ink four hockey recruits for 2004-05



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May 3, 2004

SAULT STE. MARIE - The Lake Superior State hockey team has four recruits coming for the 2004-05 season.

Forward Jeff Oke and defenseman Derek Smith of the Ontario Provincial Hockey League, defenseman John Nogatch of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, and forward Dan Eves of the North American Hockey League signed National Letters of Intent this spring.

Fall signee Kris Kasper is no longer eligible to play for LSSU.

Kasper helped the lead the Oil Barons to second place in the AJHL Playoffs. He must meet NCAA academic requirements before becoming eligible to play for LSSU.

Smith, a 6-0, 175-pounder from Belleville, Ont., was named Best Defenseman in the OPJHL East Division and the top plus-minus player for the Wellington Dukes. He helped lead the Dukes to the 37-5-3 record and regular-season title in 2003-04. Wellington won the Dudley-Hewitt Cup in 2002-03. He totaled eight goals and 26 assists this season.

Oke, another OPJHL prospect, was a 6-3, 196-pound right wing for the Bowmanville Eagles. The Grand Bend, Ont., native finished the 2003-04 season with 16 goals and 19 assists in 44 games.

Nogatch and Eves were standouts for junior A teams in their inaugural seasons. Nogatch, a 6-2, 180-pounder for the NOJHL's newly-formed Northern Michigan Black Bears based in St. Ignace, Mich., had seven goals, 32 assists and 108 penalty minutes in 44 games. He is from Redmond, Wash.

Eves, a 6-1, 185-pound left wing from Lake Orion, Mich., helped the NAHL's Texarcana Bandits to a 30-24-2 record during their first season. He totaled 12 goals, 22 assists and 88 penalty minutes in 54 games.

The Lakers were 9-20-7 overall and 7-16-5 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association in 2002-03. They lost seniors Tim Krueckl, Ryan Branham, Chris Peterson and Kyle Anderson due to graduation.



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