The Wildcats stayed busy over the holiday break adding power forward, Josh Lusby.
Lusby, standing at 6’0” 200-pounds comes from Bemidji, Minnesota where he played for the prestigious Bemidji Lumberjacks high school hockey program and was named assistant captain.
Lusby’s journey took an interesting route due to several unfortunate injuries while playing for the Bismarck Bobcats (NAHL) and the La Crosse Freeze (NA3HL). Due to frustration of his situation Lusby decided to take a new path in life and joined the NCAA D2 baseball team at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, where he played catcher and center field. Soon after, Lusby decided it was time to return to his true passion - hockey.
“I chose the University of Arizona because I want to win," said Josh Lusby. "I’m an extremely competitive individual. Over the past few years coach Berman has built a winning culture both on and off the ice and it’s something I wanted to be a part of. I’m hoping to come in and help bring a National Championship to Wildcat hockey.”
Lusby is a very powerful skater who plays physical and loves to shoot the puck. In addition, he possesses an elite level of athleticism after playing a high level of baseball and hockey.
His rare skill set was too much for coach Berman to pass on.
“I really think we found a diamond in the rough with Josh,” said coach Berman. “He has unlimited potential. I was particularly impressed with his progress from the 2016/17 season to his 2017/18 season, especially when you consider all of the adversity he’s faced. It would be easy to look at his stat sheet and dismiss him, but when I went back and watched his progress from year-to-year, I saw a kid who clearly has put in the work and can be as good as he wants.”
The Wildcats will return home this weekend taking on conference rivals Missouri State Friday and Saturday night at 7:30pm. Bring your pup for Pucks and Paws Friday night to benefit the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. Make sure to wear pink Saturday for our annual Pink the Rink cancer benefit awareness game benefitting the University of Arizona Cancer Center!