FASTHockey Welcomes Hockey Hall of Fame Member Pat LaFontaine as Strategic Advisor

American Hockey Legend to Help Webs Leading Amateur Hockey Destination Further Build Brand and Strategic Relationships

BROOKLINE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--FASTHockey, the Webs leading resource for amateur hockey content and player recruiting, today announced that Hockey Hall of Fame member Pat LaFontaine has joined its Strategic Advisory Board. In his role, LaFontaine will help the company further establish its brand by helping to create new strategic business relationships.

“No other Web-based recruiting or amateur sports content company can point to an advisory team of this quality.”

LaFontaine is currently the founder and president of the Companions in Courage Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that builds interactive game rooms in childrens hospitals. Working with corporate sponsors such as Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Morgan Stanley and Dunkin Donuts, these rooms connect sick children to their friends, families and celebrities. In addition to his business and charitable acumen, LaFontaine brings nearly 25 years of experience in professional and international hockey to the FASTHockey advisory board.

I am thrilled to join FASTHockey at a time when the company is doing some very exciting things to promote and expand the amateur game, said LaFontaine. FASTHockey is fundamentally changing how much players, coaches and fans get out of the game, and I look forward to helping the company accelerate its growth.

LaFontaine was selected third overall by the New York Islanders in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft after a brilliant season with Verdun of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He spent the 1983-84 season with the United States national team, and was the clubs leading scorer at the Sarajevo Olympics before making his NHL debut with the Islanders on February 29, 1984.

LaFontaine went on to enjoy an illustrious 15-year career before retiring from the NHL in 1998 as the second highest scoring American-born player in league history with 468 goals and 1,013 points.

In 2003, he was selected for enshrinement in both the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto and the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in Eveleth, Minn. This marked the first time that any player has been elected into both halls in the same year.

In addition to his Olympic experience in 1984, LaFontaine has represented the United States at the World Championships in 1989 and at the Canada Cup in 1987 and 1991. He was a member of the American team that beat Canada at the World Cup of Hockey in 1996 and also played for the U.S. Olympic team in Nagano in 1998.

In addition to our technical platform and strategic relationships, our Strategic Advisory Board has erected a competitive barrier for us, said Marc Ruskin, president and CEO of FASTHockey. No other Web-based recruiting or amateur sports content company can point to an advisory team of this quality.

In addition to LaFontaine, other key members of the FASTHockey Strategic Advisory Board include:

  • Brian Burke - Currently the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the 2007 Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks, Burke brings more than 30 years of experience in professional and elite amateur hockey to the FASTHockey advisory board. He was the General Manager of the Vancouver Canucks and Hartford Whalers, and held positions within the NHL executive office.
  • Ray Ferraro - In his NHL career, Ferraro tallied 898 points in 1258 games. After retiring, hes gone onto a successful broadcasting career, first with ESPN and now with NBC.
  • Scott Young A three-time U.S. Olympian and two-time Stanley Cup winner, Young is a veteran of 1,181 NHL games. Young serves as FASTHockeys director of development for mens hockey
  • Cammi Granato The first captain of the U.S. National Team, Granato is the all-time leading scorer in the history of U.S. womens hockey. She played in two Olympics and also starred at Providence College. Granato serves as FASTHockeys director of development for womens hockey.
  • Marty McInnis In 15 NHL seasons, he appeared in 796 games. McInnis played college hockey at Boston College and was a 1992 U.S. Olympian.
  • Scott Lachance - A recent addition to the advisory team, Lachance was the fourth overall selection in the 1991 NHL entry draft by the New York Islanders. After playing college hockey at Boston University he played 819 games in the NHL for four teams.
  • Ted Crowley A member of the 1994 U.S. Olympic Team, Crowley played for the Hartford Whalers, Colorado Avalanche and New York Islanders. He played college hockey at Boston College.
  • David Jensen The first American ever to be drafted before his senior year in high school, Jensen was a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Team. He spent four seasons in the NHL with the Hartford Whalers and Washington Capitals.
  • Lyman Bullard Bullard is chairman, governor and managing owner of the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League.

About FASTHockey

FASTHockey is the premier on-line destination for amateur hockey players, recruiters, coaches, officials, parents, and fans. With coverage of almost every league and team in North America, more than 10,000 members from all over the world use FASTHockey as their primary source for hockey rankings, commitments, schedules, rosters, scores, stats, news, blogs, video, social networking and recruiting.

Contacts

FASTHockey
Michael DiLorenzo, 617-233-4812
dilo AT fasthockey.com

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