UM-Dearborn goaltender Zach Mielen. Photo courtesy of Concordia University Wisconsin Athletics.
UM-Dearborn goaltender Zach Mielen. Photo courtesy of Concordia University Wisconsin Athletics.

By MICHAEL HOLZMAN, Staff Reporter

Sophomore and newcomer to the Wolverines hockey team Zach Mielen was named the Michigan Journal’s University of Michigan-Dearborn Player of the Week for his performance during last weekend. He saved 69-of-72 shots for a save percentage of .958 in back-to-back games against Kent State. Staff reporter Michael Holzman had the chance to chat with Mielen in part of a question and answers series.

Q: Where are you from?

A: Allen Park, Michigan.

Q: What high school did you go to?

A: Allen Park High School.

Q: What are you majoring in?

A: Undeclared.

Q: When and why did you start playing hockey?

A: When I was 6 because my older brother started to play hockey.

Q: Do you play any other sports?

A: I play roller hockey and tennis.

Q: Did you always play goaltender?

A: I was a defenseman for the first 2 or 3 years I started playing hockey.

Q: What made you decide to be a goalie?

A: My brother wanted me to play goalie for his friends and I was hooked.

Q: Have you ever won any individual awards while playing hockey?

A: I was all state honorable mention my senior year.

Q: What motivates you as an athlete?

A: I want to be the best at everything I do.

Q: What made you decide to go to UM-Dearborn?

A: I’ve always been a Michigan fan and the school is close to home. The last three years of my hockey career I’ve lived out of the state and it is nice to be able to stay at home and continue to play hockey.

Q:  What do you like to do off the ice?

A: Hang with my friends, play video games, play every sport possible with my friends.

Q:  Goalies get blamed a lot for losses. How do you handle that?

A: Well just knowing that I give my best effort in every game makes me cope with the loss, but I never settle for a loss and I will do whatever it takes to help my team get the 2 points.

Q: Who is the most talented player you have ever played alongside?

A: Brad Carlson, he was an NHL prospect in high school and was the best defenseman I have ever had in my lifetime.  Kid was a beast and had unreal skills.