Editor's note: Mining Journal Sports Editor Matt Wellens introduces the nine incoming Wildcats who will take the ice for the Northern Michigan University hockey team this season. Check back daily to meet a new fresh face.
Name (number): Barrett Kaib (42)
Northern Michigan University sophomore defenseman Barrett Kaib joins the Wildcats this season after playing 2012-13 with the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL and 2011-12 with Providence of Hockey East.
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Last club (league): Green Bay (USHL)
Favorite NHL team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Favorite NHL player: Brent Seabrook
Strongest skill on the ice: Transition
Weakest skill on the ice: Size
If you weren't a hockey player, what would you be?
"Probably another type of sports player, like lacrosse. Maybe a business owner."
What is the song you must listen to before every game?
"Strobe" by Dead Mouse.
Who was your biggest influence on your hockey career?
"Probably my coaches at the United States Development Program - Ron Rolston and Chadd Dassidy. They're both at Buffalo now. They're pretty good and taught me how to play there well."
In head coach Walt Kyle's words:
"He's a good puck handler, sees the ice well and an intense defender. Down low, he's a good, competitive defender. That's one of his strengths. We think he'll certainly play and as time goes, really develop into a good defenseman here."