BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s ice hockey team has announced the addition of Lukas Sillinger (F, Regina, Saskatchewan) to its 2019-20 signing class. Sillinger joins a group of four others who inked the necessary NCAA paperwork earlier in the NCAA signing period and plan to begin their Beaver Hockey careers in the fall of 2020.
All signees are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
* Lukas Sillinger (F, 5-11, 177; 9/14/2000; Regina, Saskatchewan) is in his third season of junior hockey with the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League. In 48 appearances this season, he has 51 points (16g-35a) to rank third on a Vees team that leads the league in scoring, while he is tied for seventh among the BCHL’s top-scoring players. His 35 assists also rank him second among his teammates and tied for fifth in the league. A member of both of the Vees’ special teams units, Sillinger’s five power-play goals is tied for second on the team, while he has added nine assists on the man advantage and has a short-handed goal.
In three seasons and 138 games in the BCHL, Sillinger has piled up 37 goals and 59 assists for 96 points. In addition, he has nine points (5g-4a) in 17 playoff contests.
Penticton currently leads the BCHL’s Interior Division with a record of 37-11-1-1-0 and has already locked up a spot on the BCHL postseason. The Vees’ 37 wins trail only Coquitlam (39-8-0-1-0) for the league’s wins lead.
Sillinger is the younger brother of current BSU forward Owen Sillinger. When the tandem step on the ice together in 2020-21, they will mark the fifth set of brothers to play together for the Beavers in the NCAA Division I-era, which most-recently includes: Gerry, Leo and Myles Fitzgerald (2014-18).
Lukas and Owen are the sons Mike and Karla Sillinger. Their father, Mike, played in the National Hockey League for 17 seasons.
“Lukas is a hard-nosed 200-foot forward,” said BSU Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator Eddie Olczyk. “He anticipates the play extremely well, hunts pucks on the forecheck and has the ability to make plays in all areas of the ice. He has skill and plays a throwback type of game through his physicality around the puck.” Olczyk added, “His quick stick and release allow him to find the back of the net in critical scoring areas. His willingness to go to the hard areas, win battles, play in all situations and do the little things necessary to win hockey games is what sets him apart from a lot of other players. We’re thrilled to have Lukas join his brother Owen here at Bemidji State next fall.”
At 14-8-4 overall and 14-4-2-1 in WCHA play, Bemidji State remains in control of second place in the WCHA standings with eight games to play in the regular season. The Beavers return to Bemidji, Minn. and Sanford Center this weekend when they continue league play with a two-game series versus Bowling Green State University. Opening faceoff is set for 7:07 p.m. Friday and 6:07 p.m. Saturday.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).