FASTHockey Welcomes Hockey Hall of Fame Member Pat LaFontaine as Strategic Advisor
American Hockey Legend to Help Web’s Leading Amateur Hockey Destination Further Build Brand and Strategic Relationships
BROOKLINE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--FASTHockey, the Web’s 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.
“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 is currently the founder and president of the Companions in Courage Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that builds interactive game rooms in children’s 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 club’s 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:
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.