It was in St. Louis where Lafontaine first learned to skate. His father was transferred once again, this time to Waterford, Michigan, just 33 miles from Detroit when Pat was seven. He was able to get in plenty of ice time as the Lafontaine's lived on Williams Lake. He also played on his older brother's team, with kids that were a year or two older than he was, which pushed him to improve his game to keep up with the older boys.
Bonus jersey: Today's bonus jersey is a 1984 United States National Team Pat Lafontaine jersey as worn at the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. Before joining the NHL, Lafontaine spent a year with the United States National Team, playing a schedule of 58 games during which he scored 56 goals and 55 assists for 111 points in preparation for the 1984 Olympics. During the Games, Lafontaine scored 5 goals and 8 points in 6 games for the Americans after which he would make his NHL debut for the New York Islanders never having played a game in the minor leagues.
This diagonally lettered jersey was first used by the United States in 1981 and was used through the 1984 Olympics before being replaced by a new design later that year for the 1984 Canada Cup. Note the odd treatment of the filled in center of the "O" in his name and the "6" on the sleeve.
While today's post focused on Lafontaine's junior hockey dominance, video of that era was impossible to find, so we present to you Lafontaine's top ten goals.