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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Local stand-out commits to LSSU

By Michael David/LSSU Beat Writer

Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan native Will Gauthier has made a verbal commitment to continue his hockey career at Lake Superior State University starting the 2015 season. The Laker coaches were excited to be able to offer this (scholarship) to a local player, and stated it's been quite awhile since a local kid had the potential to play at the Division 1 level. The fact that Will is only 17-years-old is also a testament to his skill as a player.

Will has spent his last two season suiting up for the Sault Area High School Blue Devils, where he led the team in scoring both seasons with over 30 points. Last season, he helped lead the team to a 22-9 finish, and runner-up in the state tournament (D3). The Blue Devils beat Flint Powers 4-3 in over-time, only to fall to Cranbrook the very next day 4-2. Cranbrook finished the season with only one loss, and was ranked as the #1 team in Michigan (all levels). Gauthier was named 1st Team All-State for Division 3 last season, and was named Most Valuable Player for the Blue Devils the last two seasons. A forward by trade, he also quarter-backs the power-play, where he's been known to find the back of the net from the point.

Gauthier plans to return to the Blue Devils line-up this coming season to finish out his senior year. After his commitment to Sault High is complete, he plans on tackling junior hockey in the form of the North American Hockey League or United States Hockey League, before starting his collegiate career for the Lakers in 2015. Sault Ste. Marie hosts the NAHL's Soo Eagles, so he might not have to look too far.

Although the 5'11", 150-pounder has no problem making plays or finding the net, his best attributes may be his hard work and determination. In the off-season, he hits the weights for three days while working on his cardio for two. During the summer months, he still hits the ice at least three days out of the week, and also plays on the local tournament team before the high school season begins.

It will be fun to watch Will's game over the next couple of seasons, both in high school and juniors, and see how he progresses to the Division 1 level in the WCHA.

Photos courtesy of the Gauthier Family

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