Lipon an overlooked late-bloomer

Team Canada's JC Lipon fields a phone interview after a team photo at the MacPhail Centre, Winsport...

Team Canada's JC Lipon fields a phone interview after a team photo at the MacPhail Centre, Winsport Canada's main ice, in Calgary, Alta. on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. (QMI Agency/LYLE ASPINALL)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:36 PM ET

CALGARY - Turns out, the feel-good story of Canada's world junior hockey squad already has a bit of international competition on his resume.

Behind a boat.

One year before earning a spot with the Western Hockey League's Kamloops Blazers (another longshot story), Team Canada winger JC Lipon made a splash with a national wakeboard title and scored a trip to the world championships in Reno, Nev.

“Wakeboarding was fun, but it was kind of just a summer thing,” Lipon shrugged Friday, after posing for a photo with the team nobody thought he could make.


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