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ALL-AMERICAN PROSPECTS GAME: MATT LANE

Rochester’s Matt Lane has chosen to pursue his NHL dreams via the college route

Tuesday, 09.25.2012 / 2:53 PM / Features
By Kevin Snow  - Sabres.com (@kwsnow)
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ALL-AMERICAN PROSPECTS GAME: MATT LANE
Rochester\u2019s Matt Lane has chosen to pursue his NHL dreams via the college route
Matt Lane (Photo: USA Hockey)

After seeing the success achieved by his older brother, Phil, it would only seem to be a natural progression for Rochester-native Matt Lane to follow the same path. Phil played three years with the OHL’s Brampton Battalion, and was a second-round pick by Phoenix in the 2010 Draft. But when the time came for Matt to move on to the next level, he chose the scholastic route.

After spending last season with the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., the 18-year-old Lane will ply his trade this season as a freshman at Boston University.

According to Matt, going to BU just felt right to him.

“It’s actually a question I get asked a lot. We’re two different players, two different people and two different students,” Matt explains. “I actually had some exposure to major junior when I played midget in Mississauga, and Phil was there with Brampton at the same time. But as a student athlete, I always felt that college was the better path for me.”

Lane served as an assistant captain on the Under-18 Team last season, finishing with 30 points (13+17) in 59 total games. He believes that the team’s mixed schedule against USHL, college and international opponents will serve him well moving forward.

“Making the jump, you want to use your strengths to your advantage. But thankfully playing in Ann Arbor with the NTDP last year I was able to play in 14 Division I games, so I guess that’ll help in terms of getting a head start. Playing a full college season will definitely be an adjustment playing against older guys. I have to adjust to the size, strength and age of these guys, and play to my advantages.”

The five-foot-10 forward will be at somewhat of a disadvantage when he takes to the ice on Saturday for the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game at First Niagara Center. While most of the other players in attendance will have played in a handful of so far games this season, Lane hasn’t been part of live game action for almost five months because BU doesn’t open their season until October 13.

Even with the added pressure of the game being so close to home, Lane doesn’t want to treat it any differently than he normally would.

“We’ve been on the ice working out so I feel well conditioned. But it is my first game in five months so we’ll have to see how it goes,” says Lane. “I’m gonna treat it like any other game. I’ve got a lot of buddies on both teams that I played with last year on the US team, and I’ll probably have a few friends and family coming to watch. But I really want to approach it like it’s any other game.”


Position: Forward

Height: 5-10(178)

Weight: 170 (77)

Shoots: Left

Date of Birth: 3/15/94

Hometown: Rochester, N.Y.

2012-13 Team: Boston University (HEA)


ADDITIONAL NOTES:

  • Son of Phil and Christine Lane
  • Father, Phil, played collegiate football at SUNY Cortland
  • Brother, Philip, spent three seasons with the Brampton Battalion (OHL) and is a 2010 NHL Entry Draft pick of the Phoenix Coyotes
  • Skated with the Mississauga (Ont.) Reps Midget program prior to joining USA Hockey’s NTDP

STATISTICS:

Year team
gp g a
pts
pim
2011-12 U.S. National Under-18 Team 59 13 17 30 53
2010-11 U.S. National Under-17 Team 55 9 13 22 16
U.S. National Under-18 Team 1 0 0 0 0
NTDP TOTALS 115 22 30 52 69


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