One of the Cowichan Valley Capitals’s top scorers has left the BCHL team to join the Vermont Catamounts for the second half of their NCAA season.
Massimo Lombari, a fan favourite at The Stick, had committed to Vermont earlier this season and had expected to join the team next year.
“I’d like to say thank you and farewell,” he said in a press release. “I will not be returning for the second half of the season as I was called up early to play for the University of Vermont. It was a privilege and a great experience to play in the Cowichan Valley and for the Capitals. Thank you to all the fans and the community for your support for the last year and a half.”
Lombardi played 74 games, and totalled 20 goals and 46 assists for 66 points in parts of his two seasons with the club.
This year in 26 games, the centre averaged nearly a point a game, recording nine goals and 16 assists for 25 points — second behind Luke Strickland on the team’s top scorer list.
“While the Capitals will miss Massimo for the remainder of the season, they also congratulate him on moving on to get a collegiate education while continuing to play hockey at a high level,” said Capitals management in the release.