If ever Tyler Young needs a shot of motivation, one glance at the contents inside a little glass case in his dad’s basement should do the trick.
Sitting there, “for everyone to see,” in Tyler’s words, are Scott Young’s two Stanley Cup rings, which he won as a right wing with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and Colorado Avalanche in 1996 during his 17-year National Hockey League career. And whenever Tyler has any questions about the ice sport, his father, a Clinton, Mass., native who’s now the Penguins’ director of player development, is one phone call away.
“My dad has always been there for me, and I appreciate that,” said Tyler, who turns 18 years old on May 8. “He helps me with a lot of decisions I have to make and has guided me to where I am at this point.”
Where Tyler is at this point is a special place. The 5-foot-11, 163-pound right wing just completed his second and final season at Lawrence Academy, where he recorded 39 points (14-25-39) in 28 games after totaling 37 points (15-22-37) in 32 contests last year.