Amherst's Sangster picked by Islanders in fifth round

Dave Mathieson
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Lucas Sangster is in Aylesford this weekend with the ARHS Vikings where they are competing in the Division 1 Boys Provincial Slo-pitch championships. Sangster has been drafted by the QMJHL's Charlottetown Islander. He says he will try to get as much ice time as he can over the summer to prepare for training camp.

AMHERST - Amherst's Lucas Sangster has been drafted by the Charlottetown Islanders in the fifth round of the 2014 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League draft.

The 6-foot-three, 215-pound player got the news in a text from his dad while he was working out at the gym.

"I read it and thought going to Charlottetown was cool," said Sangster. "Then I was getting in my car and I started thinking about growing up playing hockey here and it really began to sink in about what a great opportunity this is."

Sangster grew up playing hockey in the Cumberland County system, then played major bantam in Truro before playing the last two seasons with the Weeks Major Midgets in Pictou County.

He thought he would be drafted later than the fifth round.

"I was expecting to be at home waiting around before I was picked," said Sangster. "I'm excited. Charlottetown is a good place to play and it's a bonus it's in the Maritimes and close to home."

Sangster says he's a solid two-way defenceman.

"I'm a big body and I'm not afraid to put myself on the line for my teammates and stand up for everyone."

Sangster attended the 2013 draft but wasn't drafted.

"After not getting drafting, and especially after getting sent home from the (MHL Amherst) Ramblers, it was a point in my hockey career where I had to choose if I was going to hang it up or push through," said Sangster. "I decided to keep going and work hard and get ready for this opportunity."

Sangster's favourite NHL team is the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, Sangster was asked which team will win the Stanley Cup. Sangster thought for a moment and picked the L.A. Kings.



Organizations: Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, NHL, Pittsburgh Penguins L.A. Kings

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Cumberland County, Truro Pictou County

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