Juneau-Douglas High School sophomore Zach Hebert has been selected as the player of the week by coaches and media for his efforts in last week’s Crimson Bears’ road trip to Tri Valley, Lathrop and West Valley.
“Zach is one of the hardest working guys on and off the ice,” JDHS coach Luke Adams said. “He has an extremely positive attitude and always has a smile on his face. For a young man, only a sophomore, he plays like an experienced veteran and seasoned hockey player.”
Hebert’s hobbies include drawing, working out and, yes, he likes schoolwork.
His favorite food is fried rice and his favorite movie is Forrest Gump.
He doesn’t have a favorite book or band.
“I don’t read that much,” Hebert said. “And I listen to music but they all start to blend together.”
Hebert’s favorite quote is Wayne Gretzky’s ‘You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.’
“First of all, to score you have to shoot,” Hebert said. “That stuck out to me when I was younger and I just starting thinking like that.”
Nicknames given from teammates include Biebert (as in Justin Bieber), Heeb’s and Laser.
The Laser moniker came while the team was seeing how fast their slap shots were.
“I messed up,” Hebert said. “Mine was barely 25 miles per hour, almost too slow for the radar to measure. So coaches started calling me laser.”
Hebert began playing hockey at age five with the Juneau Douglas Ice Association.
“My parents both played and they taught me how to skate so I started playing hockey,” Hebert said. “It was the one sport I played that I really enjoyed, and I was pretty good at it. I like the intensity and how fast it is to play, and the physicality of it.”
Hebert’s hockey highlight was the Crimson Bears’ 3-2 come-from-behind win over Lathrop last week.
“That was the biggest moment so far in my hockey career,” Hebert said. “It was pretty intense. At first I thought we were going to lose for sure. I don’t know what happened. We came back in the third period and ended up getting the win.”
Intelligent with or without the puck and a dynamic player in the offensive zone, Hebert said he still has a lot to learn about his forward position.
“I always want to get into the play and be around the puck,” Hebert said. “I have to learn to stay in my position, even when I am not near the action or the puck, I need to stand my ground, play my position and guard whoever my man is.”
The Crimson Bears host Great Land Conference skaters Tri Valley on Thursday at 7:45 p.m. at Treadwell Arena; and Northern Lights Conference’s Homer on Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m.