Toyota Athlete of the Week: Auburn's Jake Morin leads on and off the ice
The Auburn boys ice hockey team is preparing for a trip to the New York State, Division III Final Four where it will meet Sweet Home from the Harbor Center in Buffalo.
The Maroons are led by a bonified leader on and off the ice.
Jake Morin, a senior forward on the Auburn hockey team, has recorded a team-high 74 points on the season.
Not to mention, he's scored more than 100 goals in his high school career at Auburn.
"I can't take all the credit," he responded in regards to his stellar senior season. "My teammates are amazing. I just try to get open and bury the chances when I get them."
Morin is a dual-sport athlete, choosing to take his talents to Army West Point in the fall where he will suit up for the Black Knights men's lacrosse team.
For now, he's focused on capturing Auburn's very first boys ice hockey state championship.
"It would mean everything," he continued, "this is what you work for. Our section championship was our first goal. We accomplished that. A state championship is what we're going for."
Auburn's coach, Mike Lowe, admitted Morin is one of a kind.
"The best thing about Jake [Morin] is his personality and his character. He's the best team captain a team could ask for," Lowe explained. "His work ethic is second to none. His commitment -- he's a great role model to the rest of the kids on the team. He's a great role model to the kids in the community. He's just an all-around, Class A individual."
Morin will lead the Maroons into Saturday's showdown with Sweet Home out of Amherst at 4:30 p.m., with a chance to advance to the NYSPHSAA, Division II Championship Game on Sunday in Buffalo.