Two former Trojan hockey All-Stars go pro
Two former line-mates from previous SAIT Trojans championship-winning teams are set to take the next step in their respective hockey careers.
Former assistant captain Shane Lust has signed a professional contract to play with the Morzine-Avoriaz Pingouins of the Elite Magnus League in France. Mike Ullrich, former forward, heads to Tulsa, Oklahoma to play in the Central Hockey League (CHL) at the end of September.
Lust and Ullrich depart the Trojans with a long list of personal and team accolades under their belts.
Along with being a valuable member to three Trojans championship-winning teams, Lust became the all-time goal scorer in Trojans men’s hockey history with 74 tallies to his name, and his 152 career points are also a SAIT team record.
“(There) are definitely some good accomplishments that I can look back on,” said Lust in an interview this summer. “My college years have been the best years of my hockey career.”
Ullrich also leaves SAIT as a team record holder, departing as the Trojans all-time assists leader with 99 helpers to his credit He was also recognized as the 2009-10 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) male athlete of the year.
In Tulsa, Ullrich will have the opportunity to compete in more games in a shorter period of time, which he believes will help him gain confidence on the ice a lot quicker.
“Hockey will be the main focus, I am looking forward to playing 68-69 games and getting into that routine again,” said Ullrich in a press release. “I get confidence when I stay with it.”
Both Lust and Ullrich credit their time at SAIT for helping them become the all-around players they are today. “I’ve come to be a two-way hockey player here,” said Lust. “My game needed to be worked on defensively and Coach (Ken Babey) turned that around for me.”
“Everything from (my) teammates to coaching helped,” said Ullrich. “I gained confidence, worked on my game and felt good about it. I am more of a complete player.”
Scott Orth was Lust’s teammate for the 2010-11 season and believes that Lust will have no troubles fitting in with his new teammates.
“Shane is a guy that you want to have on your team, he’s always great in the dressing room and he produces points,” said Orth. “He is the perfect teammate.”
Tulsa head coach, Bruce Ramsay is looking forward to adding a character player such as Ullrich to his line-up, and believes Ullrich will excel with the Tulsa Oilers.
“We are very excited to have him come to us,” said Ramsay. “I expect him to be one of the top two line forwards, he will get (a lot) of ice time.”