Athlete of the week: Chris McLaughlin

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Chris McLaughlin #11 plays for the Huntsville Junior C Hawks Lacrosse offense. He has played lacrosse for as long as he can remember—he is 20 years old and started when he was just two.

So far, Chris leads the league with 48 points, having scored 33 goals and earned 15 assists in only 10 games. He is one of the main leaders on the Junior C Hawks, and this is his last season with the team.

“I’m sure there are Senior A or Senior B teams out there ready to scoop him up for next season,” said his coach, Karl Carnduff. “I believe he only needs about 13 more goals this season in order to become the all-time leading scorer (for a single season) for the Ontario Junior C league since the league began running full time again in 2008.”

When Chris was asked why he loves playing lacrosse he said, “I play lacrosse because I enjoy just hanging out with the team and having fun out there. If I wasn’t having fun out there on the floor, I wouldn’t play lacrosse.”

Chris says his best moment in the sport so far was when he and his dad flew over to Prague, Czech Republic to play in a lacrosse tournament. ”It was an experience of a life time—for that I’m very thankful for this sport to give me that opportunity.”

Chris has been very successful in his lacrosse career so far. He was chosen as the Rookie of the Year for Junior C in 2014 as well as the top scorer for the season. In 2015, Chris won the Most Valuable Player award in Huntsville for Junior C as well as for the 2016 season.

The ultimate goal for Chris before he hangs up his stick is to bring a Junior Championship home to Huntsville. Good luck with your final Junior C Hawks Lacrosse 2018 season, Chris!

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