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Mehlhorn was first hired at Marshwood as its athletic director. "He was one of the first people into my office after I got the job," said Mehlhorn. "And he offered his support to do whatever he could to make my job easier. I thought it was my job to make his job easier."
So respected and well-liked was Lajeunesse that the school, along with donations from the Western Maine boards for baseball umpires, football officials and basketball officials and the local community raised $11,000 to send Lajeunesse and his family to the NCAA Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla., last month.
Lajeunesse, a big University of New Hampshire hockey fan, had always wanted to attend the championship event. "I can't say enough about how everyone rallied to make that happen," said Mehlhorn.
His oldest son, Kyle, played last season for the Junior Monarchs, a junior hockey program in Hooksett, N.H. Peter is a sophomore at Marshwood and is on the baseball team. He also plays hockey.
"Honestly, he was just one of those guys who shaped people's lives," said Buzzell, who was 14 when he first played for Lajeunesse. "To me, he was the older brother I never had."
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