PREP PROFILE: Mason Plante looks to carry sophomore success into junior season for Marshall

Independent file photo Marshall’s Mason Plante chases after the puck during the section championship game against Luverne on March 1.

MARSHALL – Minnesota is the state of hockey and the Plante household is the house of hockey. Marshall’s Mason Plante has been on skates for as long as he can remember.

“My family was born into hockey,” Plante said. “All my uncles played. I love the game and have a passion for it. I started when I was really young. I think I was four years old. I started skating around then. Hockey is by far my favorite sport.”

The combination of the speed and physicality of hockey is a big reason why Plante fell in love with the game at a young age.

“I like the speed of the game,” Plante said. “I like the physicality of the game. I like to be able to hit someone.”

This past winter the Tigers finished with a 17-7 record. They skated their way to the section championship game where they lost to Luverne, 5-1.

This winter the Tigers will have to replace the production of 12 seniors, including Dylan-Criquet-Danielson, who led the Tigers with 32 goals. Despite the departure of the huge senior class Plante said the Tigers are aiming to get back to the section championship game.

“We want to make it back to the section finals,” Plante said. “We have no bigger goal than that. We will be a younger team this year. I think our goal is to get to the section finals and see what happens when we get there.”

As a sophomore Plante finished second on the team with 24 goals. He recorded a team-leading 31 assists. As Plante prepares for his junior year he’s focused on getting stronger.

“I’m working on getting stronger,” Plante said. “I want to be strong on my skates. I’m a small guy and get hit quite a bit. I have to be able to take the hit and not fall down.”

When the hockey season ends Plante turns in his skates and stick for golf clubs. This past spring Plante qualified for the state tournament for the first time in his young golf career.

“It was a great experience,” Plante said. “I didn’t play as well as I wanted to, but it was nice to get the first one out of the way at such a young age. I have two more years left. It was super fun to be up there.”

Plante finished with a two-day total of 172 and finished in 77th place. His goal as a junior is to get back to state and finish with a better score.

“I just have to keep practicing,” Plante said. “You can’t take a week off with golf. You have to practice every day. You have to work on something different.”

One thing that Plante likes about hockey is the team aspect of the sport. On the flip side he said he enjoys golf for the individual side of the game.

“I like the individual concept of golf,” Plante said. “Hockey is a lot different where it’s team, team, team. You are playing on a team in golf, but you are by yourself. You have to worry about yourself and not anybody else. You have to work on your own game and focus on yourself.”