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April 8, 2014

Eagles' Foster, Bombers' Clark lead CVAC hockey all-stars

Finishing one-two in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference regular season and Section VII Division II championships, the Lake Placid and Beekmantown boys’ hockey teams were well-represented on the 2013-14 CVAC All-Star Team.

The Blue Bombers had four all-star selections, while Keith Clark was nominated by his peers as Coach of the Year within the section. Beekmantown had three players selected, including Most Valuable Player Nate Foster.

Plattsburgh High and Saranac Lake had two all-stars with Northeastern Clinton earning one representative.

The all-stars and individual awards were chosen by the CVAC coaches.

Most Valuable Player

Nate Foster (Beekmantown)- Foster established himself as one of the top offensive threats in the state this past season, totaling 41 goals and 20 assists for 61 points. He led the Eagles to back-to-back final fours, including a state championship game appearance in March. Foster’s commitment and dedication to playing at both ends of the ice earned him the section’s MVP, a Division II First Team All-State selection and the Division II MVP award. He excelled during his junior and senior seasons, recording 72 goals on 112 points during that span. Foster will continue his hockey career next season in the Central Canada Hockey League with the Smiths Falls Bears in Smiths Falls, Ontario.

Coach of the Year

Keith Clark (Lake Placid)- Clark’s Blue Bombers went 9-1 in league play to earn the CVAC regular-season title. After an 18-3 start, Lake Placid was upended by Beekmantown in the Section VII Division II championship, 5-2. With Clark behind the bench, the Blue Bombers went 15-1 during a 16-game span from Dec. 15 to Feb. 13. In his 13th season at the helm, he helped guide Lake Placid to a No. 6 ranking in the final NYSSWA rankings.

First Team

Nate Foster (Beekmantown)- Foster’s speed and quickness helped him score three or more goals in a game on seven occasions. A senior, he tallied eight times in five of the Eagles’ postseason games.

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