Freshman Lachance a big prospect in hockey, baseball for Andover High

PAUL BILODEAU/Staff Photo Andover's Shane Lachance is a lefty known for his big bat and a hockey star with a big shot.

Shane Lachance has been immersed in the hockey world ever since he was young.

His father, Scott Lachance, was drafted No. 4 overall by the New York Islanders in 1991 and spent 13 years playing for the Islanders, Canadiens, Canucks and Blue Jackets.

Though Shane was too young to remember his father’s playing days, he still got to spend plenty of time in the locker room growing up thanks to his grandfather, the legendary Boston University coach Jack Parker.

“It was fun, we kind of got to do what we wanted there,” Lachance said. “We were young so after games he’d take us into the locker room and say hi to all the guys. Even though he’s retired, we still go to a lot of games.”

Lachance picked up a stick at age two. Now 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds, Lachance has grown into an imposing athlete. The Valley Junior Warriors standout hopes to make his own name as a forward at Andover High. Dad was a defenseman.

But Lachance isn’t a one-trick pony. He’s also quite the baseball player.

A catcher and first baseman, Lachance is a lefty slugger who has batted cleanup in the Valley Warrior club program. According to coach Joe Iarrobino, he was one of the best players they had.

Lachance also had a memorable performance in last summer’s Little League showdown between his Andover American team and the eventual Sectional champion Andover Nationals in the District 14 finals. Lachance blasted two home runs in a 12-9 loss.

Given how competitive baseball and hockey are in Andover, Lachance modestly said he doesn’t have any grand expectations. But if the word of his coaches and his pedigree are any indication, Lachance has the tools to become a big-time player at Andover.

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