UM-Dearborn's Andrew Palushaj during his junior league playing days. (Photo courtesy of pointstreakssite.com)
UM-Dearborn's Andrew Palushaj during his junior league playing days. (Photo courtesy of  pointstreakssite.com)
UM-Dearborn’s Andrew Palushaj during his junior league playing days. (Photo courtesy of pointstreakssite.com)

By ERICK LEHMAN, Staff Reporter

University of Michigan-Dearborn hockey freshman Andrew Palushaj scored a goal and added two assists to lead the Wolverines to a weekend road split with Pittsburgh (Sept. 26-27).

Following his performance, Palushaj was nominated for the Michigan Journal’s third UM-Dearborn Player of the Week vote. With 49 percent of the vote, Palushaj won, and was recognized with the honor on Sept. 30.
Hockey Staff Reporter Erick Lehman spoke with Palushaj for a Q-and-A session.

Q: Where did you go to high school?
A: Livonia Stevenson.

Q: Did you play hockey in high school, or did you play travel?
A: I played AAA for my first two years and then played my junior and senior year for my high school.

Q: When did you start playing hockey?
A: When I was 4-years-old.

Q: Have you played the same position your whole life?
A: Yeah, I have always preferred playing left or right wing.

Q: Favorite hockey team and player?
A: The Detroit Red Wings and my favorite player is Rick Nash.

Q: What are you majoring in?
A: Marketing.

Q: What are your thoughts on this team?
A: We have a great group of guys that really mesh well together and push each other each day to get better. With the skill that we have I think that we will make a great run for a championship and surprise a lot of people throughout this year.

Q: What is your biggest goal for the rest of the season?
A: With my past of having three knee surgeries, it would have to be staying healthy, so I can help contribute to this team in any way possible.

Q: What is it like being an older player on the team but being a freshman? Is the team giving you a lot of crap (other than Klotz)?
A: It hasn’t been too bad. We have a pretty old team overall so I don’t get bugged about it. Klotzy just loves messing with me because he’s a part of the triple-threat-trio with me and Ryan Urso.