The time has come for what needs to be done.
A long-time Laker has left the hockey program at Lake Superior State University.
Doug Laprade, who played with the Lakers as a forward from 1987 until 1991 and who has been a part-time assistant coach with the Western Collegiate Hockey Association team the past three seasons and a volunteer assistant before that, told me that he needs to spend more time at his insurance agency business.
The 45-year old Laprade, who is originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, owns the Sutter-Laprade Insurance Agency in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
Laprade has resided in the Michigan Soo since his Laker playing days, which included a national championship in 1988.
Laprade said he spoke with new Laker head coach Damon Whitten at length before making his decision to step away from the LSSU hockey program.
“Damon and I had a very good conversation and after talking with him I decided that I cannot commit the time to what he would need,” Laprade told me. “As my insurance agency grows, I need more time away from hockey and more time at my business.
“Damon asked me if I would still help with things the program may need and I agreed,” the affable Laprade continued. “I will always be a fan of and help Laker hockey and the athletic program wherever I can.”
PHOTO: Doug Laprade, as a Laker player (left) and assistant coach (right.)