Katie Lamont: burning passion for a frosty sport

Photo by: Christopher Sun, JCamp photographer

By Brian Kim, JCamp reporter

Katie Lamont isn’t much of a churchgoer, but her passion for hockey borders on a religious commitment.

In a country filled to the brim with football and baseball enthusiasts, an interest in hockey might seem out of the ordinary.

“Some of my friends don’t really understand,” she said. “To them, it’s weird that I love hockey.”

According to Lamont, parental influence played a large role. Born and raised in Canada, both of her parents are faithful hockey fans.

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Lamont’s mother only dated hockey players. Her father earned a sports scholarship to play hockey for Boston University, although he eventually turned down the offer to attend business school.

In the Lamont household, “you don’t question it. Hockey is just what you watch on T.V.”

Her inspirational moment took place during the final game between the American and Canadian men’s hockey teams during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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“That was when Sidney Crosby scored the ‘golden goal’ and won the gold medal for Canada,” she said. “It was groundbreaking. It was a defining moment for all Canadians.”

The rising senior attends East Lake High School in Tampa, Fla. As the editor of a local online and print newspaper called tb-two*, Lamont runs the social media team for the high school section. She plans on further developing the online sports section next year.

Lamont is pursuing a public relations internship with Tampa Bay’s hockey team, the Lightning.

“At the Tampa Bay Lightning, I would be able to write about the profiles and stats of hockey players,” she said. “I love writing. This is what I want to do.”