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Prep hockey: East's LaMaster named top senior defenseman

Duluth East boys hockey head coach Mike Randolph celebrates with Luke LaMaster (25) at the the Duluth Heritage Sports Center on December 9, 2017. East defeated Andover 9-3 giving Randolph his 600 career win. Clint Austin /

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.