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What they were thinking

What they were thinking: Skating on his own

Bryce LaPlante, 14, of the Springfield Sliders, finds himself in an awkward position during a Junior Sled Hockey scrimmage at Amelia Park Ice Arena in Westfield (LaPlante, who has cerebral palsy, is skating on his own for the first time this season), Dec. 5, 2011.

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Bryce LaPlante, 14, of the Springfield Sliders, finds himself in an awkward position during a Junior Sled Hockey scrimmage at Amelia Park Ice Arena in Westfield (LaPlante, who has cerebral palsy, is skating on his own for the first time this season), Dec. 5, 2011.

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot:

Up today: Bryce LaPlante, 14, of the Springfield Sliders, finds himself in an awkward position during a Junior Sled Hockey scrimmage at Amelia Park Ice Arena in Westfield (LaPlante, who has cerebral palsy, is skating on his own for the first time this season), Dec. 5, 2011

“I was trying to go after the puck and I fell. I’m like a turtle because of the way I’m lying and trying to get up. My dad wants me to try and get up on my own. One side I can do it and the other side I can’t. I tried my best but I couldn’t. It was nothing. I’ve been playing since I was 8. I know what I can do. I know that I’m strong enough to get myself off the ground.

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"I am a good player. I need to work on my focus. When I started playing, I couldn’t push myself but now in the tournament my dad wants me to push myself. It’s getting me tired out. But now that I have him off my neck, I can focus. It feels like I’m strong enough to push myself and get after the puck. I like to play offense. It was funny, I scored a goal against the Pee Wee team on Tuesday in a scrimmage. I think I’m like Chara.’’

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