Lake Superior State junior forward Kellan Lain has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks, giving up his senior season with the Lakers.
In his three seasons with Lake Superior State, Lain compiled 21 goals and 18 assists for 39 points and 210 penalty minutes in 108 games.
Lain racked up 111 PIMs this past season in 32 games, something LSSU coach Jim Roque discussed on the Canucks’ official website.
“When you get a five [-minute major] in our league, you also get a 10 [-minute misconduct] with it, too, and [Lain] had a couple check from behinds and a couple hit to the heads,” said Roque. “To be honest, our league kind of ran him out of college hockey as every time he hit a guy, it was a penalty because he is so big (6-foot-6, 222 pounds).”
Lain took college classes while playing juniors in his hometown of Oakville, Ont., which he was able to transfer to Lake Superior State and will graduate with a degree in marketing this spring after only three years at the school.
“I didn’t want to leave school without my degree, so it’s really nice to sign an NHL contract and obtain my degree at the same time,” Lain added.