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November 2, 2011





Among the many Phantoms players who hail from different and oftentimes far away hometowns; nobody on the team is from a place quit like Shane Harper. While most of his teammates come from Canada or the northern United States, or even Europe; Shane Harper comes to Adirondack from the hockey hotbed of Valencia, California—a suburb of Los Angeles.

Harper has defied the odds and is in is second year in professional hockey despite coming from a part of the country where “skating” usually refers to something out of the X-Games.

Harper left home at age 16 to play junior hockey for the Everett (Washington) Silvertips, who play in the U.S. Division of Canada’s Western Hockey League. Although undrafted by the NHL, Harper used a very impressive final season with Everett—when he produced 42 goals and 38 assists in 72 games—to land a contract with the Flyers organization. Harper finished his Major Juniors career as an Everett legend and the all-time leading scorer in Silvertips history.

After splitting the 2010-11 season between the Phantoms and the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors, Harper has established himself as a regular in Adirondack’s 2011-12 lineup.

Check out this impressive shootout goal that Harper scored for the Everett Silvertips!

Q: Who was your favorite hockey player growing up?

A: Wayne Gretzky. He played such a huge role in ice and roller hockey becoming popular in California, in the 90s. As a matter of fact, he actually came to my birthday party when I was seven. By some coincidence, his son and daughter ended up on the same hockey team as me one year, and he ended up showing up at my party. He was always my favorite after that.

Q: What was your best hockey moment?

A: When I was 17, I made the U.S. National Team and won a silver medal at a tournament in the Czech Republic. Whenever you can represent your country, it’s always a huge honor.

Q: What’s the toughest part of playing professional hockey?

A: Definitely the travel. Some of the bus rides we take are pretty long, and it’s especially tough when you play two or three days in a row.

Q: What would you be doing (for work) if you weren’t playing hockey?

A: Well, I’m still young (Harper was born on February 1, 1989), so I’d probably be going to college somewhere in California.

Q: Glens Falls is very different from California. Do you get back there (California) often?

A: Yeah, as a matter of fact, I work out there every summer. The weather is great and I’m really lucky that I live right next to an ice arena. Get to enjoy my family, some good weather and training (in California) every summer.





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