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Six former Lakers make professional hockey debuts

Jon Booras

May 5, 2006

After completing their collegiate hockey careers at Lake Superior State, six Laker seniors played short stints with teams in the East Coast Hockey League and United Hockey League. Mark Adamek, Mike Adamek, Jon Booras, Alex Dunn, Steve McJannet and Kory Scoran all made their profession hockey debuts.

Booras joined the Muskegon Fury of the UHL for nine games and recorded one assist. The Billings, Mont., native is expected to be in uniform again this weekend when the Fury (51-18-7) open their semifinal playoff series today against the Danbury Trashers. Muskegon is vying for its third straight Colonial Cup title.

"I was lucky enough to play on a team with great vets," Booras said, who returned to the Sault briefly to attend commencement. "Some of the guys played some games in the NHL. There are also a lot of great young players. The fans were great. The game is a little different. It is a little more positional, which makes the game a little slower in speed. They also play a lot more games than we do in college hockey. I am going to go back after graduation to play in playoffs."

California native Mark Adamek played 11 games for the San Diego Gulls of the ECHL and notched two assists. For Adamek, his experience was extra special because he followed his dreams in his home state.

"I felt very fortunate to go to a place like San Diego to play hockey since it was where I was born and raised," Mark Adamek said. "My Grandma and Grandpa were at every one of my home games and even made it to some road games. It was great to play so close to home. Mike and I hope to both play there next year."

Mike Adamek appeared in 13 games for the Idaho Steelheads also of the ECHL. In his 13 games, he recorded three goals and three assists. Adamek was teamed with Scoran and Dunn, who played defense in nine games for the Steelheads.

"It was a lot of fun to play in Boise," Mike Adamek said of his professional debut. "The guys on the team were great, but it was definitely not like playing with my teammates here. It was great to get a taste of what the next few years of my life are going to be like. I am hoping to be able to play for San Diego next year with my brother. I remember going to watch the Gulls games when I was a little kid."

"It was a really great town," Scoran said. "We were treated really well. It was great to get set up for next year. I hope to play there next year."

San Diego finished 34-30-8, while Idaho ended the season with a 43-21-8 record.

Laker captain Steve McJannet joined the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL. Utah finished 36-30-6.

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