Laker goalie honors former equipment manager with special mask

Lakers goaltender, Ethan Langenegger, paid a special tribute to former ice hockey equipment manager, Wes DeJong by having his mask painted in a elaborate dedication to Wes.

DeJong had served as the equipment manager for LSSU ice hockey for the several seasons. He had always found a way to contribute to the program he loved, dating back to his time as an undergraduate student in which he was a student manager for the team for five years as well as a volunteer member of the hockey team’s staff for two years after graduating from LSSU with a degree in sports management.

“I wanted to honor Wes on my helmet because of how much he meant to our team and lake state in general,” said Laker goaltender Ethan Langenegger. “I also wanted to do this because Wes loved everything goalie related especially the equipment so I know how much he would have loved being on a mask. When Wes passed in the summer, I was in the process of getting my design done with the painter and it was a no brainer for me to add a tribute to him.”

“He was universally loved across campus with his huge smile, quick wit, and total commitment to all things Lakers. For over a decade Wes lived his dream of being part of Laker hockey,” said LSSU Athletic Director, Dr. Dave Diles after Wes had passed. “He inspired us to put the team first, attack each day with good humor, and to find a way to get the job done.”

“Wes meant so much to myself and our team,” Ethan continued. “He genuinely had so much passion and love for Lake State hockey and that energy that he brought to the rink everyday radiated around the locker room. We miss him every day, but we also appreciate the time we got to spend with him.”

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