The Razorback Hockey team is pleased to announce that D-Kevin LaPlante has committed to Arkansas. The 5’9” 180 lbs. left-shooting defenseman recently completed his junior league career playing for the Point Mallard Ducks in the NA3HL.
LaPlante, a St. Louis, MO native, joins the Razorbacks after a successful season and playoff run with the Ducks. In his second season in Point Mallard, 2017-18, LaPlante contributed 36 total points (14 goals and 22 assists) in 45 games. LaPlante also logged the 16-17 season with the Ducks where he appeared in 46 games.
LaPlante, who plans to study sports management, commented, “I love hockey and it means everything to me. When I’m on the ice nothing else matters. The adrenaline you get is incredible–you feel invincible.” Regarding his commitment to the University of Arkansas more specifically, LaPlante said, “I feel the University of Arkansas’ hockey program is very promising and I will get the best experience out of playing with this program. I was also drawn to the academic program the University of Arkansas offers and believe it will give me a great opportunity.”
The University of Arkansas fields two hockey teams. The Division I team has, since 2015, competed in the Western Collegiate Hockey Conference (learn more here). The Division III team will in 2018-19 begin its twelfth season competing in the Southeastern Collegiate Hockey Conference (learn more here). All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.