The New Jersey 87’s are proud to announce that Charles Lavoie has committed to play Division III hockey for Albertus Magnus College for the 2023-2024 season.
Lavoie, a 20-year-old forward from Dolbeau-Mistassini, Quebec, played the 2022-23 season with the 87’s EHL team. Playing in all 46 regular-season games, he led the team with 41 points as he recorded 18 goals and 23 assists.
87’s head coach Adam Houli spoke about adding Lavoie to the roster, as he played for New York Apple Core in the 2021-22 season.
“He had a very dynamic year last season, he played against us very well, he was essentially an 87’s killer,” Houli said of Lavoie. “So when we had a chance to add him to our lineup this year, it was a no-brainer. He’s one of the best skaters out there, certainly in our league. He’s got a knack for the game, he understands where he needs to be on the ice.”
Albertus Magnus College is a Division III program located in New Haven, Connecticut. The Falcons are led by head coach Kyle Wallack, and the team will be competing in the New England Hockey Conference starting in the 2024-25 season.
Lavoie discussed his commitment and what it means to join the program.
“I am really proud of reaching my goal to play in the NCAA. I was aiming to play at a school with a good mix of academics and hockey program and that's why I chose Albertus Magnus. I cannot wait to get started in the Fall,” Lavoie said.
In addition to his stellar offensive play, Lavoie showed his defensive prowess throughout the season on the penalty kill, which boasted a league-best 89.4 percent in the 2022-23 season. Houli talked about Lavoie’s versatility and how it will help him at the collegiate level.
“He’s really impressive to have in your lineup, you can play him in different spots and you can get him up and down the lineup and that’s what I’m most excited about him going to college. He has the ability to play a lot of different roles and he’s going to be very versatile for them,” he said. “Adding him to our lineup made us deeper, allowed us to play the style we wanted to play; upbeat, fast and always moving, and he was a big part of that.”
Lavoie reflected on his season with the 87’s, and how the team prepared him for the collegiate level.
“I am really thankful that I had the chance to play for the 87's. We were treated like pros from day one, and all my teammates were a big part of my commitment,” Lavoie said. “I matured on and off the ice this past season because of the coaching staff. And I developed a more complete game where I can now play in any situation.”
The 87’s organization would like to congratulate Charles and his family as he prepares to advance his hockey career to the Division III collegiate level.
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