Player of the Week: Justin Lees

Justin Lees is simply one of those players that keeps Dave Lepage coming back to coach varsity ice hockey.

“His effort is inspiring and his desire to learn is impressive on a day-to-day basis,” said Lepage, who coaches the Ice Cats — which consists of players from Lake Region, Fryeburg Academy and Oxford Hills. “Justin is the type of player that can and will do anything the team needs to be successful. He can play multiple positions, always gives it his all and never makes a selfish mistake — all accomplished with a smile on his face. His skill level has improved dramatically and only being a sophomore means that he will get better. Justin’s character and attitude are second to none and our team is better for it.”

In recognition of his strong work ethic, determination, commitment and good sportsmanship, Justin is this week’s Boosters and Hancock Lumber “Player of the Week.” Each week, a Lake Region athlete is recognized for his/her dedication (does more than what is asked), work ethic, coachability and academic good standing. Recipients receive a specially-designed t-shirt, sponsored by Hancock Lumber.

The Lees File

Name: Justin Lees

Year in School: Sophomore

Hometown: Naples

Parents: Julie Lees and Chris Lees

Sports you play: Hockey, cross-country, baseball

School organizations: Class Vice President

School honors: Honors Algebra 2, Honors Science

Q. Why did you choose to play hockey? I’ve played hockey since I was a kid. I loved watching the Bruins and Portland Pirates play. That’s probably what made me want to play.

Q. What is the most difficult part of the game? Playing against taller, bigger kids — mostly the physicality.

Q. What do you enjoy the most? Skating. I love to skate.

Q. What do you feel you need to work on and why? Probably, the power of my shots.

Q. Why is teamwork important? Without teamwork, it’s hard to do anything. You can’t beat a team on your own.

Q. What is the biggest impact your coach(es) have had on you? Improved my play so much; my skating ability has improved a lot and that allows me to keep up with the older kids we’re playing against.

Q. How do you want people to view you as an athlete? A team player.

Q. Ten years from now, when you look back on your high school sports career, what do you think you will remember most? I think I will remember playing my first varsity hockey game — the speed of play is very different from JV (junior varsity).

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