Jimmy Marchese while playing hockey for UM-Dearborn. Photo courtesy of Jimmy Marchese.
Jimmy Marchese while playing hockey for UM-Dearborn. Photo courtesy of Jimmy Marchese.
Jimmy Marchese while playing hockey for UM-Dearborn. Photo courtesy of Jimmy Marchese.

By MICHAEL HOLZMAN, Staff Reporter

Junior forward Jimmy Marchese was named the Michigan Journal’s University of Michigan-Dearborn Player of the Week in the February 4, 2014 issue. He earned the honor after a two goal and four assist effort in back-to-back games against Eastern Michigan. Staff reporter Michael Holzman had a chance to talk to Marchese, who is quickly emerging as a leader on this team.

Q: Where are you from?
A: Warren, Michigan.

Q: What high school did you go to?
A: Center Line High School.

Q: What are you majoring in?
A: Mechanical Engineering.

Q: When and why did you start playing hockey?
A: Started playing when I was 4-years-old. I started playing because I loved watching the Red Wings and wanted to get into the game.

Q: Do you play any other sports?
A: I played baseball throughout high school and play men’s softball in the summer.

Q: What do you think is your biggest strength as a hockey player?
A: My biggest strength would be my speed. I was always a fast player growing up and have used it to my advantage since.

Q: Have you ever won any individual awards while playing hockey?
A: Growing up I’ve won MVP awards and also received Mr. Hustle for our team award this past season.

Q: Who is your favorite NHL player, past or present?
A: Hands down Steve Yzerman. Watching him play made me want to play and love the game.

Q: What motivates you as an athlete?
A: Winning and becoming better. There is always someone better so you can always learn something new.

Q: What made you decide to go to UM-Dearborn?
A: I’ve always been aware of the team here and knew they were always pretty good, on top of it I get a good education while playing.

Q: What do you like to do off the ice?
A: Hanging with the boys.

Q: Who is the most talented player you have ever played alongside?
A: There has been many growing up no one particular.

Q: Do you still plan on playing hockey after you graduate of UM-Dearborn?
A: Most definitely, after 17 years of playing it becomes part of your life.