For those of you out there who've been told they're too small or not big enough to make it to the next level in sports, make sure you keep reading.
At 5-foot-7, 172 Lbs., undrafted and not highly sought after, Blake Lizotte put his head down and went to work against all odds. Hailing from Lindstrom, Minnesota (40 miles north of Minneapolis/St. Paul), in a town with a population of 4,442, Lizotte faced adversity on and off the ice growing up.
At 14, Lizotte's father, who suffered from epilepsy, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep at 45-years-old. His mother, Lisa, has to finish raising Blake and his two brothers.
"My mom is one of the strongest people I know," Lizotte said. "I thank her so much just for everything she has done for me. That had to be hard on her. Obviously, I have had a dream to play in the NHL for a while, and I felt my mom had to let me go chase my dream. She had to sacrifice a lot, so I will forever thank her for everything she has done for me," Lizotte told Doug Ward of The Hockey News.
On the ice, Lizotte found success on success in high school when he appeared in the coveted Minnesota State High School Tournament with Chisago Lakes High School twice, totaling 67 points (19-48=67) in 50 games.
Following his high school career, Lizotte took the juniors route. First, with the Minot Minotauros of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) where the center put up 52 points (14-38=52) in 56 games, leading the team in points. After one year with Minot, Lizotte took another step up the hockey ladder and joined the Fargo Force in the United States Hockey League (USHL). In two years with Fargo, Lizotte tallied 111 points (31-80=111) in 110 games, which also lead the team in points during that span.
Lizotte went on to play his collegiate hockey at St. Could State University for two years, recording 69 points (22-47=69) in 76 games. During his time there, SCSU was never ranked outside the top-5. As a sophomore, Lizotte was named to the NCHC First-Team.
After an impressive two years at SCSU, the undrafted and "undersized" center made his dream come true when he signed an entry-level contract with the LA Kings on April 2, 2019. Four days later, Lizotte debuted for the Kings in the last game of the season on April 6, 2019 in a 5-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights. Then on November 9, 2019, Lizotte scored his first career NHL goal against the Montreal Canadians in unique fashion.
Year-to-date, the small town, Minnesota native has appeared in 73 games for the Kings and tallied 25 points (8-17=25). Lizotte will be a restricted free agent (RFA) after this season.
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