Hockey / Featured Player: Jared Lechner

Featured Player: Jared Lechner

Date:  Source: George Mason University Ice Hockey

Jared Lechner joined the team at a crucial time last season. Mason was getting ready to start its playoff run and needed help to strengthen its defensive corps. Although Lechner usually plays forward, he agreed to switch to defense. His versatility paid off for the team.

Eight minutes into the first game of the spring semester, he notched his first point as a Patriot in an assist on a Mason goal. Seventeen minutes later, he scored his first goal. 

He finished the season with 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) and 38 PIM in 12 games, including a power play goal and four assists in the playoffs as Mason went on to win its first Delaware Valley Collegiate Hockey Conference (DVCHC) championship and make its first appearance at Nationals. 

Lechner, 20, was inspired to play hockey when he was six years old and watched Alex Ovechkin put on his new team jersey on TV after he was drafted as the number one pick for the Washington Capitals in 2004.

By the age of eight, Lechner was playing travel hockey. One of his most vivid memories of those early years was the thrill of scoring his first goal. He was behind the net, then spun 360 degrees and tucked the puck through the goalie’s five-hole.

Despite playing defense prior to Mason, but he prefers the freedom he feels as a forward. His philosophy is to pass first and skate hard. If there’s a scrum, Lechner is probably in the middle of it.

Born in Burke, VA, Lechner graduated from Lake Braddock High School in 2017. He was planning on playing juniors, but mid-season in his last year of Washington Little Caps U18-AAA, an opposing player fell on his leg during a faceoff and broke it. He started playing again towards the end of the season, but he didn’t feel fully recovered, so he decided to focus on school.

Lechner attended Northern Virginia Community College last fall semester, playing men’s league until he was accepted at Mason in the spring. His past injuries inspired him to study Rehabilitation Science so to become an athletic trainer.

Outside of the hockey team, Lechner is a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.