OGDEN, UT. – The Ogden Mustangs, proud members of the United States Premier Hockey League, are excited to announce the signing of Parker Laughton for the 2021-22 season.
Laughton (Calgary, CAN) joined the Mustangs in early October and immediately made an impact on the ice. Laughton is one of the best pure skaters in the USPHL Premier and now the sixth returning member of the 20-21 roster. "I'm really excited to get back to Ogden and get things going. Can’t wait to get back on the ice in front of all the amazing O-town fans. It’s such a great atmosphere combined with the organization and that played a big role in my decision to return." The smooth skating Calgary-native amassed 15 points in 37 games while being hampered with injuries for a majority of the season. A vocal leader on the ice, his ability to quickly transition from offense-to-defense allowed Ogden to have extreme depth down the center of the lineup. The two-way skill of the fiery forward will be tough matchup for those taking the ice opposite of Laughton and his teammates come next season.
"I feel like having four years of great junior hockey has really opened my eyes. From starting as the rookie to becoming a third-year vet and everything in between. I feel I can connect and lead the younger guys and get them as comfortable as possible, but also make sure they realize hard work and determination is a huge part of our family (team), whether it’s off or on the ice."
A new week and the same old business for Head Coach Kenny Orlando. Getting another key returner back to the fold and seeing the foundation beginning to come together early in the off-season.
"Parker helps the team in all facets of the game. He is comfortable in any situation and improves whatever line he plays on. His ability to skate is often unmatched, which he uses to create space for himself and others. We expect Laughton to take a tremendous step forward this year as a returner to a very strong Mountain Division."
With this upcoming season being his last in juniors, Laughton wants to go out on top and maintains a cerebral approach to his game throughout the off-season.
"For the past couple years, I felt I have been getting better with every off-season. Personally, I don’t want to change anything that I am doing preparation and training-wise. I feel like I put myself in a very good position to become a better player after every off-season with off-ice and on-ice training six times per week in the Summer. Obviously, the end goal for us is to win a championship. I felt this year we had a great chance, but sadly ended up falling short. Next year we will have a ton of guys that have the experience and knowledge for what it takes to go deep and win a championship in 2021-22."
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