Chapman seeks fun on the ice and the slopes

Posted: Monday, November 30, 2009

Juneau-Douglas hockey player Zane Chapman is making the most out of his final season in a Crimson Bears' uniform as the team prepares to host North Pole this Friday and Saturday at Treadwell Arena.

After a difficult slate of games in Homer Nov. 18-21, JDHS looks to get back on track as they host their conference rivals this weekend.

Chapman, a captain and forward on the team, said he used to play hockey on a lake in front of his house, but has played at Treadwell Arena ever since it was opened. His family got him interested in the sport.

"My cousins are big hockey players back East, my aunt sent us some helmets and sticks and we just started playing," he said.

While hockey has been a big part of Chapman's life, he has other interests he would like to pursue.

"I am definitely going to college for forestry biology or marine biology," he said. "I just really like animals, and my dad was a naturalist so I used to go on hikes when he taught his classes. I'd just tag along."

Name: Zane Chapman

Age: 17

Hometown: Juneau

Favorite sport other than hockey: "Snowboarding. I've been skiing and snowboarding pretty much since I was born."

Favorite Movie: Miracle. "I like the ending. It's kind of corny, but I like right when they win it."

Hobbies: "I like sailing, hiking and other outdoors stuff."

Favorite hockey player: "Joe Thornton (San Jose Sharks) because I like the way he plays. He's a very physical player, but he has finesse when he needs it. He gives big hits and takes hard shots, but he still passes really nicely."

Best JDHS hockey memory: "There are a lot of them. Maybe some overtime goals, or the first time we beat a 4A team, or even just making the team my freshman year was pretty big."

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