MARSHALL — Since lacing up his skates for the primary time as a child, Mason Plante has lengthy aspired to sooner or later play Division I school hockey. On Sunday at his childhood residence, Plante made his long-term aim a actuality with the signing of his Nationwide Letter of Intent to play school hockey for the College of Alaska-Fairbanks subsequent season.
Plante stated the sensation of reaching this milestone is surreal.
“It’s a dream come true. It’s one thing that I’ve dreamed of since I used to be somewhat child,” stated Plante. “It’s been mine and my dad’s aim to play Division I hockey and it’s thrilling that the day has lastly come.”
Plante thanked his whole household for serving to him to get so far.
“I need to thank my entire household, particularly my dad for pushing me to be the perfect I may very well be. And my grandma for supporting me all the best way,” stated Plante.
Plante, a present ahead for the North American Hockey League’s Fairbanks Ice Canines junior hockey workforce, will end out the 2020-2021 season earlier than becoming a member of the Nanooks of the nine-team Western Collegiate Hockey Affiliation subsequent fall.
Waiting for the following chapter in his profession, Plante stated the chance to journey the nation enjoying the sport he loves all whereas receiving an training at a top-notch college could be very thrilling.
“Being in Alaska we fly in every single place, so having the ability to journey the world and play the perfect competitors in school hockey and having the ability to go to highschool and hang around with the teammates and stuff–I’m simply excited for that,” stated Plante.
“I haven’t been to highschool in two years. It’s an amazing college up there as nicely together with the hockey workforce and I’m excited to get again to highschool as nicely,” he added.
In signing with the Nanooks, Plante turns into the primary Tiger boys hockey participant to graduate from Marshall Excessive College and later get hold of a DI hockey scholarship. Plante hopes his path will encourage future Marshall hockey gamers, together with his youthful brother Talan Plante, who’s a present freshman at Marshall Excessive College.
“(It’s) what my dad and I’ve all the time stated. We stayed right here and we need to play for Marshall. We need to put on the orange and black and I feel that’s a privilege,” stated Plante. “A variety of children take it with no consideration as of late, however the children who need to play Division I hockey can do it from wherever you’re, it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter what workforce, you are able to do it proper the place you’re at.”
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