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Hockey legend Pat LaFontaine selling Lloyd Neck estate
Retired hockey player Pat LaFontaine and his wife, Mary Beth, recently put their Lloyd Neck waterfront estate on the market for $6.995 million.
The 2.5-acre property, which has 550 feet of beachfront, is listed with Elena D’Agostino and Joyce Mennella of Signature Premier Properties.
“We’ve enjoyed it here -- it’s been a great house for 10 years,” says LaFontaine, who played for the Islanders, Buffalo Sabres and Rangers before retiring in 1998.
Actually, it’s been a great “home,” LaFontaine later says. When the couple purchased the land, there was a rundown carriage house on it. The LaFontaines had a 7,000-square-foot Hamptons-style home built -- a process, LaFontaine says he enjoyed being a part of.
Designed by architect Lindsay Newman, the house has an exterior with features including copper gutters, Connecticut fieldstone, tapered columns and several bluestone-covered porches as well as cedar decks on the second floor.
Panoramic views of the Long Island Sound across to Connecticut are offered throughout most of the interior. French doors, extensive millwork, window seats, built-in shelves and two wood-burning fireplaces provide a glimpse of the elegant interior design.
The house -- which has gotten really big since the kids moved out, notes LaFontaine -- has five bedrooms, five bathrooms and two half-baths. The finished basement offers two gyms, a playroom, card room and wine cellar.
The LaFontaines own a neighboring parcel. It has a cottage, pool and an ice rink, which doubles as a sports court.
LaFontaine, who grew up in Michigan skating on Williams Lake, says there’s nothing like playing outdoor hockey. He got to share his love for this environment with his family when they were invited by friends to skate on a pond. “The only time the kids would come off the rink was for pizza,” he says. When the opportunity arose, he purchased the parcel to create a similar environment for them. He calls it his "Rink of Dreams."
Complete with locker rooms and a scoreboard, the rink is 64 by 120 feet and has a mini Zamboni.
LaFontaine, who has coached kids on this rink, says it has truly paid off.
The parcel is not for sale -- yet. “We are debating what to do,” Pat says, adding, “It’s been a great decade of memories.”
What the LaFontaines do know is they love the area and would like to stay. One of their favorite places, LaFontaine says, is nearby Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve.
LaFontaine scored 468 goals and 1,1013 points over 865 games. He was selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.