Curtis Lazar keeps on adding to his storied junior hockey career.
Lazar became the first Okanagan Hockey Academy alum to capture the Memorial Cup as he and his Edmonton Oil Kings were 6-3 winners over the Guelph Storm in Sunday’s Championship Game.
“There’s no better feeling,” Lazar told Sportsnet during on-ice celebrations. “It’s an incredible feeling. I don’t think many people expected this from us. There were a couple overtime thrillers, but we always found a way.”
It has been quite the last 12 months for the Salmon Arm, BC-born forward. He was drafted in the first round, 17th overall, by the Ottawa Senators at last June’s NHL Entry Draft. He then made the Canadian National Junior Team and posted seven points (3-4-7) in seven games at the 2014 World Juniors, which was followed up by a WHL Championship, his second of his career, and now the illustrious Memorial Cup.
Lazar, who spent the 2010-11 season with the OHA Prep team, netted 76 points (41-35-76) in 58 regular season games with the Oil Kings this past season, while also registering 22 points (10-12-22) in 21 post-season contests.
The 6-foot, 196-pounder finished the Memorial Cup with four points (2-2-4) in five games and was also named the tournament’s Most Sportsmanlike Player.
Going to OHA was one of the greatest decisions I have made for my hockey career. OHA prepared me for the next level. Skating, strength, speed, conditioning. I wouldn't be the player and person that I am today if I hadn’t chosen OHA."