Scottish forward Lewis Young is heading to Canada to join the Somang Hockey program for the 2019-20 season.
Young was part of the Racers’ double-winning squad last season and helped Murrayfield’s U20 side reach the final of the Scottish Cup.
The 16-year-old, who will be attending North Star Academy Laval, has been on the Somang radar for the last couple of years, with scouts watching him on numerous occasions.
The Somang Development Program helps players hone their hockey skills by offering daily training sessions built around their school curriculum.
The organisation also plays over 50 games during the season, giving players plenty of opportunities to develop their game sense and game management skills.
“My time at the Racers was an unbelievable experience and I can’t thank Tony (Hand) enough for giving me the chance to play at a higher level and to really push me to become a better player every week,” he said.
“Every player in the team made me feel so welcome after only coming into the team halfway through the season due to my age – I can honestly say that I couldn’t have spent last season with a better bunch of guys.
“The fans who came out to get behind the team were brilliant and brought an amazing atmosphere to every game I played in.
“The opportunity to play in Canada has been a dream of mine since a really young age and to finally get the chance to play ice hockey and get great schooling has the potential to be an amazing experience for me.”
Lewis’ father, Steven, also coaches in the junior set-up at Murrayfield. He says the advice given to the family by the Racers organisation regarding the move has proved to be invaluable.
“I’d like to thank the Racers for everything they did for Lewis last season,” he said. “Tony chatted to us to make sure we were doing the right thing and we were able to get a lot of questions answered.
“It has been a huge decision for us and one we have been looking at for the last two years, so we haven’t taken this lightly.
“It is a wrench for Lewis to leave the Racers as he really flourished last season and we’ve watched him mature as a player and a person.
“The opportunity to play in the best team in the country at that level along with the players, coaching staff and management has been something that our whole family have enjoyed and been privileged to be a part of, so for that we thank you.
“We’ll still be travelling to the games this season and supporting the Racers.”
Everyone associated with the Racers would like to wish Lewis the best of luck on his Canadian adventure. We’ll be following his progress with interest!
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