Young Canadian Star Commits to Skate for UML
LOWELL -- The UMass Lowell hockey program has netted a commitment from a Canadian standout.
Blake Wells, a 19-year-old forward for the Okotoks Oilers, announced his decision to attend UMass Lowell via Twitter on Monday. He will play his second season in the Alberta Junior Hockey League this winter for the Oilers, one of the top teams in Alberta.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Wells is blessed with good size and good skating ability.
Last season, in 49 regular-season games, Wells collected 10 goals and 14 assists while accumulating 74 penalty minutes for Okotoks. He is also a talented lacrosse player.
Wells is a native of Blackie, Alberta, population 600.
“I’d like to thank my family, friends and coaches for everything they’ve done,” Wells wrote on Twitter in announcing his college choice.
Wells will arrive at UML either next fall or the fall of 2020.
“They’re getting a gem. He’s a 200-foot player. This kid has a lot of potential,” said Tyler Deis, the head coach of Okotoks.
“He’s a big, big kid who can really get up the ice. When you see him play you’ll be pretty impressed.”
-- BARRY SCANLON