At the Truro Bearcats year-end banquet on Tuesday night, the 20-year-old Stewiacke native announced his commitment to Plymouth State University in New Hampshire for the fall.
After a long series of talks between the two parties, it was made official on Monday when Lanceleve received an acceptance letter from the school.
“It’s the team I’ve wanted to go to for a couple years, so I was happy to make it official,” he said.
A mutual agreement was reached by the end of the regular season when the team asked Lanceleve to send over his specifications for equipment. Still, he waited until the end of the Bearcats deep playoff run to finalize things.
“I wanted to make playoffs my focus, and it was my focus 100 per cent,” he said. “We made it official yesterday when I got my acceptance letter.”
After putting up 11 goals and 32 assists in all 48 regular season games this year, Lanceleve added seven goals and nine assists in Truro’s 14 playoff games. His performance down the stretch and into the postseason was a big reason for the Bearcats’ success in spite of being the lowest seed in the playoffs.
Lanceleve will follow in the footsteps of P.J. Moore, of Lower Onslow, and Lantz’s Andrew Wigg, who have both played for the school. Also helping his decision was the relationship between the Bearcats staff and Plymouth coach Craig Russell from hockey schools in New Hampshire.
“They all spoke highly of (Russell) and his program,” Lanceleve said. “That made making a big decision a lot easier, school and hockey-wise, where I wouldn’t really know much about what I was getting myself into otherwise.”
The Plymouth State Panthers play in the Massachusetts conference of the NCAA Division-III, the second tier of collegiate hockey south of the border. Last season, the team posted a 14-3-1 record to finish at the top of its conference.
Lanceleve will study business administration at the school and will report to the team on Aug. 27.