SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - Lake Superior State University and the LSSU men's ice hockey program are deeply saddened by the passing of former Laker hockey student-athlete Mitch Lane.
Lane, who played at LSSU from 1995-97, passed away early Monday morning, Sept. 11, from pancreatic cancer.
"The Laker Hockey family is deeply saddened to learn of Mitch's passing," said LSSU men's ice hockey head coach Damon Whitten. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Mitch's family, relatives, and friends."
A native of Laguna Hills, Calif., Lane played both the right wing and center positions for the Lakers under former head coach Scott Borek. A transfer from Michigan Tech, Lane registered 28 career points on 16 goals and 12 assists in 68 appearances at LSSU. He compiled 15 points on seven goals with eight assists in 32 games in his inaugural 1995-96 season at Lake Superior State as the Lakers finished 30-8-2 with a first-place tying 22-6-2 mark in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). In his second and final season with the Lakers, Lane generated 13 points on nine goals and four assists in 36 contests as LSSU posted a 19-14-5 overall record and was 15-8-4 in the CCHA.
A memorial service for Mitch Lane will be held Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (PDT) at the Mariners Church, which is located at 5001 Newport Coast Drive in Irvine, Calif.
Following Mitch's wishes, in lieu of flowers, we ask you to either donate to PanCAN, or wait for more information in the coming weeks about donating to a scholarship fund in Mitch's name.