On Saturday, the 20-year-old winger out of Foxwarren, officially committed to the Lakehead University Thunderwolves for the upcoming hockey season. After playing his AAA midget hockey out of Yellowhead, the six-foot, 175-pound forward got his start in junior hockey in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League with the Neepawa Natives at the end of the 2015-16 season.
That experience was exceptionally short-lived, as Scantlebury moved west to the Melville Millionaires of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League for the following season. He kept his trek towards the coast in full flight the following year, suiting up for the Lloydminster Bobcats of the Alberta Junior Hockey League for the following two seasons.
Scantlebury then moved back to his home province midway through the 2018-19 season, where he joined the Swan Valley Stampeders for their run to the MJHL final. In 17 postseason games with Swan, Scantlebury collected seven goals, 14 points and 78 penalty minutes, after already accumulating 14 goals, 36 points and 156 penalty minutes in 53 regular season games, split between Swan Valley and Lloydminster.
“I have heard nothing but good things about the community and city of Thunder Bay,” Scantlebury said in a press release prepared by Swan Valley. “Having the opportunity to further my education as a student athlete is something I’m very grateful for. I have enrolled in General Arts.”
In 151 total regular season junior games, the two-way player had 40 goals, 97 points and 374 penalty minutes. Scantlebury will join a Thunderwolves team looking for a berth in the OUA West Division playoffs in 2019-20. Lakehead finished the past season 12-15-1, being outscored by 20 goals through their 28 regular season games.