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CT Oilers: Bombardier commits to play at AIC

04/20/2015, 5:45pm EDT
By Bob Birge - The Hour

"He's got a Division I shot," Lind said. "Obviously, he has a great knack around the net."

From day one of the season, Connecticut Oilers' coach Eric Lind believed Lucas Bombardier had the ability to play Division I college hockey.

The Pittsford, Vt., native will get that opportunity as he has committed to American International College beginning in the fall, the Oilers' announced Monday.

Bombardier, 20, had been targeting AIC as his top school for awhile.

"I went down there (last) Friday and had a good meeting with the coaches, so I felt like it was the best decision to go there," said Bombardier, who also visited AIC last May. "I was pursuing (AIC) the hardest for the past few months, kind of hoping that it was going to work out."

AIC head coach Gary Wright completed his 31st season and joins Michigan's Red Berenson as the longest tenured head coaches at the same school in NCAA Division I hockey.

As one of the top offensive players in the Eastern Hockey League during the 2014-15 season, Bombardier led the Oilers in goals (26) and points (55) during his final year of junior hockey and only season in Norwalk.

The 5-foot-10, 195-pound forward tied for fourth in scoring in the EHL and was third in goals.

Bombardier then finished the season with a flourish as he was the leading scorer in the playoffs with 13 points on nine goals and four assists in 11 games.

"He's got a Division I shot," Lind said. "Obviously, he has a great knack around the net. It's hard to find goal scorers. It doesn't matter what league you're in, you need goal scorers. If you look around, they're in high demand."

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CT Oilers EHL's Lucas Bombardier
Portsmouth's Cam Cundy, left, a 20-year-old Portsmouth native, helped lead the Connecticut Oilers to their first junior hockey championship, winning a five-game series over the Hudson-based Northern Cyclones. Cundy was also part of Portsmouth's 2006 Littl