Prep hockey: East's LaMaster named top senior defenseman
Duluth East's Luke LaMaster won the Reed Larson Award today as Minnesota's top senior defenseman.
LaMaster, a two-year captain, has scored four goals and added 39 assists for 43 points for the Greyhounds, ranking among the state's highest scoring defenseman. The Wisconsin recruit is also a staunch defender of the blue line.
"Luke is the glue to the team," East coach Mike Randolph said in a release. "He is extremely dependable and looked up to by all the players on the team and youth players in the community. Luke is offensively gifted and defensively sound. He's a smooth, shifty skater with great hands and hockey IQ. He has taken his role as a leader very seriously and the team followed."
Academics and community involvement are also criteria of the award, and LaMaster has a 3.8 grade-point average. He also helped lead a food drive this winter that collected more than 260 pounds of food and $500 for a local food shelf.