A star on the horizon
Cody Lampl plays some
big time puck
Express Staff Writer
Big fish donít
usually come out of small ponds.
But there are
exceptions to every rule, especially in the case of Ketchum hockey player Cody
Lampl has jumped ponds, so to speak, making the move from Sun Valley Junior
Hockey to Midget Triple A, a Tier I league for elite high school players.
16, of Ketchum, is playing Midget Triple A, a Tier I league for elite high
school hockey players. Express photo by Willy Cook
How does a
player from Idaho get noticed in the highly-competitive arena of junior
hockey, especially against boys from hockey hotbeds such as Minnesota,
Michigan and New England?
dedication and showing up when it counts are some of Lamplís reasons.
Lampl, who has
been skating since he was seven, played on the Rocky Mountain Region team
which went 2-2-2 at the National Hockey Festival in Rochester, N.Y. last July.
North Dakota and New England, which is huge for the Rocky Mountain team, and
we came a game away from the gold medal round," Lampl said. "There
were over 100 scouts and after that I got a lot of phone calls."
One was an
invitation from coach Dwight Mullens to try out for the Tier I Dallas Stars.
After visiting Dallas and skating with the team, Lampl became a Star.
defenseman, Lampl has 35 points and plays on the power play unit and penalty
killing squad for the Stars. Dallas is currently 21-9-5 and currently ranked
eighth in the country.
intense, but fun," Lampl said. "We will play 80 games this season,
which is like three seasons up here (Sun Valley). But it is good. It gets you
one step closer to where you want to be."
The next step
for the 5-9, 150-pound defenseman is the Tier 1óU.S. Hockey League. Lampl
was the first player this season to sign a tender, or letter of intent, to
play in the elite USHL.
which represents the highest classification of junior hockey in the U.S.,
seeks to develop its junior talent through an extensive practice and game
purpose of the USHL is to help players, coaches and officials advance their
careers to the college or pro level.
USHL alumni are skating in the National Hockey League, including Tyler Arnason
and Phil Housley of the Chicago Blackhawks, Shjon Podein of St. Louis and
Carolinaís Erik Cole.
league has two divisions; East and West. Lampl has signed on with the Sioux
Falls Stampede based in South Dakota.
Each team plays
a 61-game schedule that runs from late September to early March. After that
wraps up, Lampl hopes to be packing his bags for a Division I college.
He has already
received a scholarship offer from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and Lampl
plans to fall back on that if he does not hook up with a school such as
think I am dreaming," Lampl said.
it would be pretty cool to play Division III hockey, but now I have a shot at
Division I. It is just an awesome feeling to be recognized for something you
love to do."
mistake. He may be from a small pond, but Cody Lampl is no fish out of water.