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Lamm earns gold with Junior Ice Bears

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By Goose Lindsay

 Hockey isn’t a sport played by a lot of kids in Roane County, but Midway sophomore Drake Lamm is making some noise on his skates.

Lamm plays for the Knoxville Junior Ice Bears and his team recently won the U18 USA Hockey’s Tier II National Championship in Wayne, New Jersey.

“It was great,” Lamm said of the winning the national title. “It didn’t feel real until we were on the bus ride back home.”

Lamm started playing hockey almost by accident when he was eight years old.

“I was really into roller blading when I was younger,” he said. “One day I went with my brother skating and it came naturally. Josh Ackworth, the (former) director of KAHA (Knoxville Amateur Hockey Association) was there and he asked if I was interested in playing hockey. I was in pads the next day and I’ve been playing ever since.

“It means everything to me. It’s my life when school is over. I’m playing or practicing every day after school.”

Lamm and his Junior Ice Bear teammates earned their way to the national title. After competing against teams in Knoxville during the season, the Junior Ice Bears competed and won the state tournament against teams from the Nashville area.

In New Jersey, all wasn’t smoothing sailing for the Ice Bears. They lost one of their five games played, but they battled back and beat the nation’s No. 1 ranked team from Boise, ID in the championship game, 5-1.

Lamm, who plays left wing and center, had two assists in the tournament.

The Junior Ice Bears finished the season with a 46-5-3 record and the national title is the first for KAHA in its 52 years of existence.