Player of Week: Tyler LaPlante

Tyler LaPlante

By Wayne E. Rivet

Staff Writer

When a team struggles, coaches look for a player to step up and be a spark to get his mates back on track.

The Fryeburg Academy/Lake Region Ice Cats ice hockey team has started the season rather slow (1-4-1), so Coach Dave Lepage has looked for someone to be a difference maker.

That someone is Tyler LaPlante, a senior defenseman.

“Tyler has done a tremendous job leading this year as the beginning of the season has proved to be a big challenge for us. He is the kind of player that every coach wants on the team. He is the most upbeat kid there is, asks questions when he needs to and has this intense desire to win,” Coach Lepage said. “Although we have struggled as of late, Tyler really has kept us on an even keel with his tremendous play and quiet leadership. He is definitely the best model of a team player.”

In recognition of his strong work ethic, determination, commitment and good sportsmanship, Tyler 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 LaPlante File

Name: Tyler LaPlante

Year in School: Senior

Town: Bridgton

Parents: Gary and Janette LaPlante

School Activities/Sports: Ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer.

Q. Why did you choose ice hockey? TL. I have been playing hockey for a long time. It’s fun to play.

Q. What do you hope to accomplish this season? TL. I would like to make it to the playoffs and really bond as a team.

Q. What do you enjoy the most? TL. I enjoy everything about this sport, from the intense games to hard practices.

Q. What do you like the least? TL. There not one thing I don’t enjoy.

Q. What makes you successful? TL. My team, my coaches and my family.

Q. What would your dream moment be? TL. To be accepted into college and make their hockey team.

Q. What has ice hockey taught you? TL. To really put forth my best all the time. It’s important to be noticed and to succeed.

Q. Who has inspired you? TL. My parents have inspired me tremendously.

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