BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A Baton Rouge native made history as he saw his first start as a professional hockey player.

Mason Lohrei is a defenseman for the Boston Bruins. Mason told the Bruins media he was born in Baton Rouge while his father, David Lohrei, was the head coach for the Baton Rouge Kingfish in 2001. Shortly after, the Lohrei family moved to Pennsylvania and then to Wisconsin, where Mason spent most of his time.

Lohrei played for the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League from 2019 through 2021. The Gamblers are a junior hockey team. After graduating high school, Lohrei attended Ohio State University where he played ice hockey. During his time there, Lohrei was awarded the Big Ten “Star of the Week” twice and made the Big Ten All-Freshman team, according to Ohio State Athletics.

Lohrei was drafted in the second round of the 2020 NHL Draft by the Boston Bruins. Lohrei was placed on the Providence Bruins, a development team for the Boston Bruins.

Lohrei debuted in his first NHL game on Thursday, Nov. 2 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He ended the game with one assist and the Bruins won the game in a shootout, according to