By DANIELLE COWART
Senior hockey player Micah Collier was named the Michigan Journal’s University of Michigan-Dearborn Player of the Week, for his performance during last Saturday having a 39-42, .929 save percentage in net against Oakland on October 5, 2013. Staff reporter Danielle Cowart had the opportunity to talk with Collier in part of a question and answers series.
Q. Where are you from?
A. Trenton, Mi
Q. Where did you go to High School?
A. Riverview Gabriel Richard Catholic
Q. What are you majoring in?
A. Social Studies and Secondary Education
Q. Expected year of graduation?
A. Fall 2014
Q. When and why did you start playing hockey?
A. When I was about five years old.
Q. Have you ever won any individual awards while playing hockey?
A. Senior year High School I was named most valuable player and I was named to the All Catholic Team
Q. What made you decide to go to the University of Michigan-Dearborn?
A. Mostly to play hockey but I also knew they had a good education program, so I killed two birds with one stone.
Q. What motivates you as an athlete?
A. Refusing to lose and the brotherhood I have with the boys. A lot of them have pulled for me in the past, and I can’t let them down.
Q. How has being a college athlete shape you as a person?
A. It has taught me to work twice as hard off the ice as I do on. College is no cakewalk, taking full time credits, working, and then having to dedicate more than 12 hours a week to hockey takes a real toll on ya. It also has provided me some of the best friendships in the world and I am so blessed to have a group that I do.
Q. Favorite team memory?
A. Every chance we get to go on a roadie with the boys. We have some good times with the greatest group guys a teammate could ask for.
Q. What are some of your hobbies or things you like to do off the ice?
A. Watching hockey and spending time with the boys.
Q: Any other sports you enjoy?
A. Playing baseball/softball, golfing (poorly), and Michigan Football
Q. What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?
A. Playing on the best beer league team around and working either as a U.S. History teacher or appraising houses. I would also like to coach either as an assistant or a team of my own.
Q. Favorite place to celebrate after a victory?
A. Locker room, with the boys, and win song blaring.
Q. Goalies get blamed a lot for wins and loses. How do you handle this?
A. I have always said, ‘a goaltender can’t win you a game, he can just help lose one’. I don’t score the goals when we win, I just try my best to give the boys the greatest opportunity to get a W. As for the losses, I always take them, to heart. My defense and forwards don’t let in goals, I do. The only thing you can do after a loss is come into the next skate, whether game or practice, and work ten times harder to improve from your mistakes.
Q. Favorite hockey team and player?
A. This one’s going to get me in trouble. I have to say the Chicago Blackhawks even though I do love the Red Wings. My favorite player has always been Brendan Shanahan.