Q&A with UM-Dearborn Player of the Week, Nate Ferris

Nate Ferris warms up prior to UM-Dearborn's outdoor game at Clark Park on Jan. 4, 2015. (Ricky Lindsay/MJ)
Nate Ferris warms up prior to UM-Dearborn’s outdoor game at Clark Park on Jan. 4, 2015. (Ricky Lindsay/MJ)

By ERICK LEHMAN, Staff Reporter

Nate Ferris has been a bright spot this season for the new-look University of Michigan-Dearborn hockey team. But the freshman goaltender posted perhaps his best game in a Wolverine uniform Jan. 10, stopping 40-of-42 shots to pace the team’s 3-2 win over rival Davenport. The win marked the Wolverines’ first road win vs. Davenport in program history.

Ferris was nominated as a UM-Dearborn Player of the Week candidate for The Michigan Journal’s 14th issue. The Saskatchewan native took home the honors after receiving 64 percent of the votes.

Staff Reporter Erick Lehman spoke to Ferris following UM-Dearborn’s 4-2 loss to Buffalo Saturday in part of the Journal’s question and answer series.

Q: What does it feel like to be named Player of the Week?
A: Pretty cool. A couple other good players on our team have won it, so it’s exciting, but (I) don’t want to look too far into it and get a big head.

Q: What was your initial emotion upon finding out you won?
A: My mom texted and said congrats, and all I said was thanks, with a little smile.

Q: Most memorable moment from this season thus far?
A: I would have to say beating Adrian in overtime earlier this year. They have a really good team. Knocking them down at least once was exciting, especially since it was their first loss of the year.

Q: How long have you been playing hockey?
A: Since I was four years old. I played my first few years as a forward, then made the switch to goalie.

Q: What was the reasoning for switching positions?
A: Actually, my dad was my coach when I was young, and he would yell at me all the time when I was a forward. I figured he didn’t know anything about goaltending, so I switched to that so he wouldn’t yell at me.

Q: What’s it like living, and growing up in Canada, and coming to Michigan to continue playing?
A: It’s still the same game. Great group of guys, it’s pretty fun. School is going pretty good so far, hanging in there. It’s pretty much the same though.

Q: What do you miss most from Canada that you can’t get here?
A: I would probably have to say home cooking, living at home.

Q: Do you feel like the fieldhouse should play the Canadian National Anthem for you before every game?
A: It would be nice, but I don’t want to sit out there for that long and deal with that. Just want to get the game going.

Q: Do you have any pre-game rituals that you go through before every game?
A: I don’t really have any rituals. I put everything on my left side first, if that counts as a ritual.

Q: Do you feel like you’ve grown as a player under this coaching staff?
A: Yeah, definitely. First semester was a bit of a learning curve, second semester I’ve felt better out there so far. They make it easy to play, they never let you get too high, or too low.