By RICKY LINDSAY, Sports Editor
Junior center Jase Paciocco was named the Michigan Journal’s University of Michigan-Dearborn Player of the Week on October 15, 2013 after scoring four goals and getting three assists in two games against Pittsburgh. Sports editor Ricky Lindsay had the opportunity to talk with Paciocco in part of a question and answer series.
Q: Where are you from?
A: I am from Westland, MI
Q: What high school did you go to?
A: I went to John Glenn High School
Q: What are you majoring in?
A: I am majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in Sociology
Q: When and why did you start playing hockey?
A: I started playing hockey when I was three years old.
Q: Have you ever won any individual awards while playing hockey?
A: I won MVP after winning the State Championship in 2007 as well as winning the Best Offensive Player award for The University of Michigan-Dearborn last season.
Q: What motivates you as an athlete?
A: It’s not so much of what motivates me but who. My teammates motivate me more than anything. They depend on me every night while I depend on them.
Q: What made you decide to go to the University of Michigan-Dearborn?
A: The reason I decided to come to UM-Dearborn is because I grew up a die hard Michigan fan and also to play hockey.
Q: Do you have any game day superstitions?
A: Every game day my teammate Cody Longuski and I will grab a coffee from Timmy Hortons and head to the rink about three hours before the game. From there listen to the same songs while I do the same warm up stretches. As for getting dressed, all of my gear goes on from right to left.
Q: What do you like to do when you’re off the ice?
A: When I’m off the ice my favorite thing to do would have to be Golf, weather permitting of course. Other than that I just spend a lot of time with the boys from the team.
Q: As an athlete, you face adversity constantly. How do you handle that?
A: I am a very positive person, so when things aren’t going right I try to put them behind me and look at the bright side. The glass is always half full.
Q: What goes through your mind when you take a shot at the net?
A: Grip the stick, take the shot, light the lamp.
Q: When you play a sport for so long, you get to be around some talented players. During your hockey career, who’s the most talented player that you’ve played alongside?
A: The best players I have played alongside would have to be Robbie Czarnik (Los Angeles Kings) and David Wohlberg (New Jersey Devils). Both great hockey players.