Nitehawks’ alum Lucchini named Sens MVP

Nitehawks alum Jake Lucchini of the Belleville Senators in action versus the Syracuse Crunch. Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography



Jake Lucchini, who made his junior hockey debut with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in 2010-11 and played nine games the following season, joined the Belleville Senators after being acquired from the Laval Rocket just prior to the start of the 2021-22 campaign. He was named their Most Valuable Player on May 2 as the AHL Club announced its award winners.

The 26-year-old Trail native set professional career bests this season in goals (20) assists (31) and points (51) and led the Sens in overall scoring. He was also the only player to skate in all 72 of Belleville’s regular season games this season.

Belleville Sens Head Coach Troy Mann on Jake Lucchini’s selection as MVP:

“Jake joined our team through a minor league trade with Montreal at a time when there were extra players around and they thought enough of him to find him a place where they thought he could, not only fit it, but get into the lineup on a game-to-game basis. At that time, we were very short up front, and he was certainly a pleasant surprise. He was able to play centre and wing, and brought out a skillset that quite frankly, I was unaware of. As much as we’ve had multiple MVPs, in my opinion over the course of the season, there was a stretch of months where he was arguably our best player.”