Kuczek, 21, spent the last five years playing in the MJHL, improving statistically each season. Beginning in Portage, the 6-foot-1, 210 pound forward played a year-and-a-half with the Terriers before he was dealt to the Selkirk Steelers. Kuczek put up 21 goals and 47 points in 89 games, over the course of another year-and-a-half.
However, it was in Winnipeg – with the Blues – in which the East St. Paul resident really flourished. In 118 regular season games over the course of the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, Kuczek collected 67 goals and 159 points, including a monstrous 37 goal, 92 point 2017-18 campaign.
Kuczek’s 92 points actually led the MJHL, helping the powerful winger to the league MVP title in the process. In 12 postseason games this year, Kuczek recorded 16 points and eight penalty minutes.
In committing to the Lakehead University hockey program, the 21-year-old is expected to enroll in general arts studies, beginning this coming fall.
“I feel fortunate to be coming to Lakehead and to play for the Thunderwolves,” Kuczek said shortly after officially committing to the team. “I’m really looking forward to the start of next season.”
The University of Lakehead finished the 2017-18 season under .500 (12-16) and collected most of its wins in its own barn (9-5 at home). Playing in U Sports’ West Division, Dexter Kuczek will certainly see his fair share of Ontario this coming year, as Lakehead is the western-most team in the conference.