OGDEN, UT. – The Ogden Mustangs, proud members of the United States Premier Hockey League, are excited to announce the signing of Lukas Washco for the 2021-22 season.
Washco (Darby, PA) made his way to Ogden last season after competing for the Philadelphia Little Flyers 18U AAA and Lithuania 20U World Junior Championship teams. The fiery two-way forward was dominant in his first season with the Mustangs while centering one of the top-scoring trios (Cade Herrera, Washco, and Jake Meure) in the USPHL and earning All-Mountain Division honors in 2020-21.
"There was no doubt that coming back and playing in front of the best fans in the league was a big reason for me to want to return next year."
An all-around talent, Washco made his presence known in all facets of the game: Even-strength, power-play, penalty kill, 4v4, 3v3, overtime and during the shootout. His 19 goals and 33 assists were both 2nd on the team in 20-21. He was also 3rd in points (52) and T-2nd in PP points (15) among Mustangs players. Washco was one of the best centermen in the Mountain Division with 432 face-off wins (3rd) and carried an average time-on-ice of 21 minutes per game (2nd).
"The passionate fan base helps elevate my game to another level. There is nothing like buzzing through the tunnel and seeing our fans at the start of the game and seeing how much they care about hockey in Ogden. The fans make everything for us."
Head Coach Kenny Orlando gets his top centerman back for another season and he was not short in his praise for everything Washco brings to the Mustangs.
“Lukas was a large part of our high-octane offense last season. He is a very passionate competitor who picks up the pace of play for everyone around him. He will continue to spearhead the Mustangs offensive efforts as we move into the 2021-2022 season. We are very excited to have the high energy, 200-foot, player back in a Mustangs jersey."
With Washco now set to return, the Mustangs depth down the center remains stout for the 21-22 season with reinforcements and new additions on the way. His winning pedigree at the international stage instills a confidence in a youthful team that is chomping at the bit to get back to work. He is the sixth 2001 birth year to return and his sights are set only on one thing: Winning a National Championship.
"It's ship season. We want the whole boat and nothing less."
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