Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears sophomore hockey forward Dalton L’Allier was recently selected to move on to the next phase of the USA hockey Selects Program.
According to JDHS coaches L’Allier was selected out of a number of Alaskan hockey players all in the same birth year. L’Allier will head to California this spring to the pacific district tryout to try to make it to the national team tryout. There are three steps: state, district, and national.
“We’ve always known Dalton to be a very talented player,” JDHS assistant coach Matt Boline said. “He has the speed, stick skills, and grit to play with anyone. This year he has really begun to figure out the team game. He has become a more mature hockey player by putting the needs of the team first. It’s not an easy thing for a teenage boy to sacrifice his body for the good of the team. We look for him to finish the year strong, with his work ethic on and off the ice this year he will no doubt turn some heads whether he’s playing for JDHS or trying to move on to the next phase in the team USA selects process.”
Whether on the ice in practice, during dry land sessions, or during a game it is evident that L’Allier wants to be better. L’Allier’s physical play has improved throughout the year and he has been checking well and often with a purpose.
L’Allier moved to Juneau from Michigan a few years ago. He is currently fifth on the JDHS team in scoring with six goals and one assist.
“He is very deserving of this selection,” JDHS head coach Dave McKenna said. “Even as a freshmen he was one of our most talented players and as a sophomore he has really matured into a consistent team player who works as hard defensively as offensively.
McKenna noted that L’Allier is strong and can really make things happen when he plays a physical game. More importantly, he makes everyone around him better with his positive attitude and work ethic.
L’Allier will be returning to Michigan next year. The Alaska Selects experience will help his transition to playing hockey at the next level. Also making the first cut were Corey Box (year 1999) and Emma Kaelke (1999).
Fans can still see L’Allier and his Crimson Bears teammates in action through the season. JDHS hosts Bartlett High School on Friday (8 p.m.) and Saturday (7 p.m.) at Treadwell Arena.