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): Casey Purpur (2)
Northern Michigan University freshman forward Casey Purpur is the son of former NMU Wildcat hockey player Scott Purpur (1984-85).
Hometown: Grand Forks, N.D.
Last club (league): Brookings (NAHL)
Hobbies: Coaching baseball
Favorite NHL team: Chicago Blackhawks
Favorite NHL player: Patrick Kane
Strongest skill on the ice: Faceoofs
Weakest skill on the ice: Footwork
If you weren't a hockey player, what would you be?
If you could be in any type of movie, what would it be?
"Romance. I'm just a softy."
In head coach Walt Kyle's words:
"He's the son of an alumni, Scott Purpur (1984-85). He's kind of a wild card. We didn't know a lot about him when he came in. He's impressed every day and gotten better every day. He's got good puck skills, good brain. Over time, we think he'll grow."