At age 3, hockey stick in hand, Pat Shea and his older brother Brandon, then 5, would head down to the basement of their Marshfield home and play a game with mini-nets.
Eventually, both graduated to the ice, but continued to play pickup games in the driveway, joined by their younger brother, Neil, now an eighth-grader.
And that is where Pat worked on his big slapshot.
“I would get frustrated in the driveway learning how to take a snapshot or slapshot,” he said. Brandon “would come out and help me and show me how to do it.”
His work has certainly paid off.
After leading Marshfield High to the Division 1 state final last March as a sophomore with a team-leading 36 points, Shea has verbally committed to attend the University of Maine on scholarship. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.