Former Hendersonville High School hockey player Lucas Bahn has signed to play for the Nanaimo Clippers for the 2017-2018 season. The defenseman joins the Clippers after playing this past season for the Skipjacks Hockey Club of the United States Premier Hockey League.
During the 2016-17 regular season, the Hendersonville native registered 11 goals, 18 assists and 29 points in 25 games. At the completion of the season, Bahn was named the USPHL U18 Defenseman of the Year. He is also committed to the University of New Hampshire, following the conclusion of his junior career.
"The USPHL was a fantastic league and I'm so glad I decided to be a part of it the last two years," Bahn said. "The league is primarily based along the East Coast which was really good for exposure."
"Yes, it was awesome to receive this kind of praise from the league," Bahn added, referencing his recognition as the league's top defenseman. "I was lucky enough to be on a great team with great coaches to help me out as well."
Following his freshman year with the Commandos, Bahn decided to move to Maryland to play for the Skipjacks organization. Maryland is where he learned to hone his skills and develop his game into a Division I prospect.
"It was always a goal of mine to play D-I hockey, but it seemed very distant before I joined the Skipjacks," he said. "The interest from the Skipjacks is what attracted me to the USPHL. I didn't know too much about it going in, so I was a taking a little bit of a risk, but it paid off. During these last two seasons, I have learned and excelled so much because of my coaches and facilities."
Although credit can be made towards the Skipjacks organization, it is the family atmosphere that originally drew Bahn to the beautiful game of ice hockey.
"I would say hockey is somewhat of a family sport," he stated. "My dad played competitively, and my brother currently plays club in college. I have been playing ice hockey for 10 years, and before that, I really fell in love with the game playing inline hockey at the local rinks in Hendersonville."
Bahn will play one last season of junior hockey before heading off to the University of New Hampshire. He will use these next several months to fine-tune and better develop his craft.
"I'm just training to get stronger, faster, and gain a little weight to help me going into next year," Bahn added.
When asked about his future playing the game of hockey, the 17-year-old blue liner said it would be a dream come true to get a shot at the professional level.
"Right now, I'm focused on playing well in this season and once I get to college, but, I would love to have a chance to play professionally too," he said.
The Nanaimo Clippers are a Junior "A" ice hockey team based in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada and play at the Frank Crane Arena. Bahn will head to their training camp in August.