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Lane Ruffner - Greater Latrobe

By PIHL, 02/07/20, 2:48PM EST


January 2020 PIHL Player of the Month

Lane Ruffner is widely considered one of the best defensemen in the PIHL, and his play in all facets of the game earned him a selection to the Class AA All-Star Game.  He is on the ice for most of each game and is a major reason why Greater Latrobe has surrendered the fewest goals among all of the PIHL Varsity teams.  The senior contributes at the offensive end, too, posting a point in every game since the start of November for a 9-game point streak.  He finished January on a 4-game goal streak, as well, having scored 5 times in that span.  One of those games included a showdown against undefeated Baldwin, in which Ruffner sparked a 3-goal rally from a 3-0 deficit by scoring twice in span of just over 4 minutes in the third period.  Ruffner excellence over the course of the season has the Wildcats as the only Class AA team to have clinched a playoff spot by the end of January.

Ruffner displays plenty of excellence away from the blue line, too.  He carries a 4.0 GPA as a senior at Greater Latrobe High School, and he has earned a spot on the Distinctive Honor Roll in every semester of high school.  He was inducted into the National Honor Society as a junior and was a 2018 Breakfast of Champions honoree.  He continues to give back to the sport of ice hockey, too.  He was a student-coach for a local 14U youth hockey team, and upon turning 18, he earned his USA Hockey Level 1 coaching certification to become a full-fledged coach with that team.