Steve Yzerman. He was one of the best leaders in the NHL and a great two-way player. He was also one of the greatest Detroit Red Wings of all time and they happen to be my favorite team.
If you were stranded on an island with any member of your team, who would it be and why? And what would you bring with you?
I would hope to be stranded with Matt Hughes. He and I enjoy a lot of the same things — including hunting and fishing — and this year we spent a lot of time duck hunting together and got to be better friends because of our adventures. I would bring my fly-fishing rod so I could teach Hughesy how to provide a meal, and fly-fishing is my favorite hobby.
What has been your biggest hockey accomplishment at LU? What made it so special?
I would have to say that my largest accomplishment as a Viking hockey player came last weekend when I scored both game-winning goals in the first round of the playoffs. The feeling of satisfaction one feels when coming through in the clutch for a team you’ve worked so hard with is overwhelming. It meant a lot to help lead the team to the next step, and it meant a great deal to be a senior and be in that position.
Who is your favorite team to play? What about your least favorite?
My favorite team to play is Finlandia. They have been our biggest rivals since I have been at Lawrence and every game is close when we match up. I have scored some key goals against them over the years and they have been memorable for me personally, including the game winner against them while on the road in Houghton. My least favorite team to play is Marian. We never seem to bring our best against them and I’ve never figured out why.
If you could play any other sport at LU, what would it be and why?
I would play baseball if I could. I played in high school and have missed it every spring since putting it on the shelf. I miss the fresh air and being able to play a sport outdoors.