LaFontaine, JP
Director of Hockey Operations

Bio

I was born in Michigan, but I went to high school at Shattuck St. Mary’s. Minnesota State Mankato is where I went to college and played 4 years of hockey. I finished playing in the ECHL, where I won a Kelly Cup. My Dad has been coaching my whole life in multiple leagues, NAHL, USHL, NCAA college hockey, Michigan high school hockey, and Shattuck St. Mary’s Bantam Elite. My uncle Pat played 15 years in the NHL for all 3 New York teams. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003. My hobbies are golf, water or snow skiing, surfing, and pickleball.

What do you like most about BA?
The opportunity to teach talented, driven athletes and watch how they interact with friends and staff members every day. It is satisfying watching kids get better and learn from each other while competing to the best of their abilities.

Why is it important to have solid academics in addition to good hockey training?
Academics help you succeed not only in the future but the present. Being smart off the ice helps hockey IQ on the ice.

Which coach or teacher had the biggest impact on your life and why?
My Dad, my Uncle Pat, my grandpa, Coach Tom Ward, and Coach Steve Martinson

What is your favorite hockey memory?
Winning the Kelly Cup in the ECHL. Also winning the league and the final 5 tournaments during my sophomore-senior years in college.

What are your credentials and hockey experience?
I played hockey for Shattuck St Mary’s Prep team, then Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL, then college hockey at Mankato State University for 4 years, and finally played two years in the ECHL.