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): Brock Maschmeyer (14)
NMU freshman defenseman Brock Maschmeyer will contend this season for a spot in the six-man rotation at defense.
Hometown: Bruederheim, Alberta
Last club (league): Nanaimo (BCHL)
Hobbies: Golf, paintball
Favorite NHL team: Detroit Red Wings
Favorite NHL player: Steve Yzerman
Strongest skill on the ice: Speed
Weakest skill on the ice: Contact
Who was the biggest influence on your hockey career and why?
"Probably my dad. He was always out there on the outdoor rink. He made a rink for us to play on outside at our farm in Alberta. He was probably the biggest influence. Him and my whole family came around it."
If you weren't a hockey player, what would you be and why?
"A farmer probably, just because I live on a farm. We're grain farmers and I do that in the summer anyways."
In head coach Walt Kyle's words:
"He played junior hockey with Justin Rose. A couple years ago, he was the Alberta league defenseman of the year. Last year he got traded into British Colombia. He played on a good team there. He's undersized, just like (sophomore Barrett) Kaib. He's a really good puck mover, good head for the game. He's a smart, intelligent guy that in my opinion is getting better every day. We really like him."