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): Sami Salminen (7)
Northern Michigan University freshman forward Sami Salminen will have to sit the first five regular season games of 2013-14 after playing against professional teams while in Findland.
Hometown: Helsinki, Finland
Last club (league): Wichita Falls (NAHL)
Hobbies: golf, roller hockey, soccer
Favorite NHL team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Favorite NHL player: Sidney Crosby
Strongest skill on the ice: puck and stick handling
Weakest skill on the ice: defensive zone
If you weren't a hockey player, what would you be?
"A soccer player."
If you could be any soccer player on any team in the world, who would you be and who would you play for?
"I would be Cristiano Ronaldo for Real Madrid."
Who was the biggest influence on your hockey career and why?"
"Teemu Selanne. He's the biggest Finnish player during my life. He's still playing. He's a national hero for us."
In head coach Walt Kyle's words:
"Another Finn that we've recruited here. He's got real good size and strength, exceptional hands for a big man, real good strength down low. He's going to have to play at pace and learn to battle and do those things. He has a huge up side."