EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – Edmundston Blizzard management has learned that former player Ben Lightbody will play this season with the Royal Military College (RMC) Paladins of the Ontario University Athletics League (OUA), which is part of U Sports.
The former forward converted to a defenseman in his last two seasons with the Blizzard moved to Kingston yesterday (Wednesday). He will be studying aeronautical engineering, a four-year bachelor program. He joins the team as a civilian led by coach Richard Lim, a former player himself for the Royal Military College in Kingston.
“I’m very excited for this next chapter in hockey. U Sports is a very high level of hockey and I believe my time in Edmundston playing for the Blizzard has helped me prepare for this next step, ” said former Blizzard number 12 from his new home.
Lightbody joined the Blizzard as an affiliate player during the 2018-19 season. In four seasons in Edmundston, he played 99 games, scoring 11 goals and adding 31 assists for 42 points.
Last season, the Paladins had six former Maritime Junior A Hockey League players. The Ontario University Athletics League has 19 teams. The Paladins will look to improve their position in the standings, having finished last in the league with a 2-15-3 record. Normally, teams in this league play 28 games each in the regular season.
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Ben Lightbody. Photo Digiphoto
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone