NHL player Curtis Lazar will again join the Shuswap Academy’s Elite Hockey School for another season of instruction.
Lazar started his hockey career playing in the Salmon Arm and Vernon Minor Hockey systems. In February 2011, Lazar captained Team British Columbia to win the gold medal in ice hockey at the 2011 Canada Winter Games. He broke the tournament goal scoring record previously set by Steven Stamkos (12) and Sidney Crosby’s points mark (17) in six games.
He was the second overall choice in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft. Lazar played at the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy before playing in the CSSHL with the Okanagan Hockey Academy during the 2010–11 season.
“These experiences, playing in the World Juniors, playing in the Memorial Cup, it’s special to me. It’s what I worked towards all my life. They were my lifetime goals. To achieve it why not smile and enjoy it.” - Curtis Lazar
During the 2011–12 season he helped his WHL Edmonton Oil Kings team capture the Ed Chynoweth Cup as the WHL Champions. During the 2012–13 season he played with Team Canada to win a gold medal at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and was an invited participant at the 2013 CHL Top Prospects Game.
Lazar played three seasons with the NHL Ottawa Senators and in 2017 was traded to the Calgary Flames.