Student-Athlete Spotlight: Hockey player sticks to business

Mason Hoehn is top scorer for Valor Christian

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Personality-wise, Mason Hoehn is one of Valor Christian's quietest hockey players.

However, on the ice he lets everybody know he means business. All that probably started when he convinced his mom to let him play hockey.

“When I was 4 my sister was figure skating,” Hoehn explained. “My mom would take me to her practices and I would always go to the other side and watch hockey. I just kind of fell in love with the sport. I begged my mom for a year to let me skate. She let me go out and I starting playing hockey after that.”

Hoehn, a senior captain, is the leading scoring for Valor Christian.

“My main strength is my playmaking ability and the way I play on the defensive side of the puck in the defensive zone,” he said. “My strength is getting the puck to my teammates. I like scoring too, of course. I feel my impact is when I can get the puck to my teammates and they can have a good scoring opportunity and that can be even more effective.”

Key stats

After 17 games, Hoehn was the team's leading scorer with 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points.

COACH'S TAKE:

`He was always a good player but he became a much more dedicated player probably by the beginning of his junior year He started realizing how challenging it is to play after high school at the junior level. The example he sets with everything he does sets the standard for us.'

George Gwozdecky,

Valor Christian hockey coach

Q&A with Hoehn

Who is your favorite athlete and why?

Nathan MacKinnon. He is just fun to watch, how fast he is and he's just a talented guy.

What or who motivates you most to excel in hockey?

I am motivated by the gifts that have been given to me. I feel like if I don't work my hardest at hockey it would be a waste of the talent God has given me.

What would be a perfect performance in your sport?

Start with not getting scored on while on the ice, a 70% faceoff percentage and having a few points and creating offense.

What is your favorite class in school and why?

Marine biology. It is not what I was expecting and it is a lot of fun. We have a fish tank to take care of and learning about the ocean is pretty interesting.

What are your plans after high school?

I've got a few chances with some junior teams in Canada and I know I want to play juniors somewhere.

What is your favorite food?

Either tacos or spaghetti. I also like sushi.

What is your favorite TV show?

“The Office.” It is hilarious with a lot of funny, dry humor jokes.

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