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): Dominik Shine (15)
Northern Michigan University freshman forward Dominik Shine is expected to make an immediate impact up front for the Wildcats in 2013-14.
- NMU Hockey 2013-14 Fresh Faces: Sami Salminen
- NMU Hockey 2013-14 Fresh Faces: Casey Purpur
- NMU Hockey 2013-14 Fresh Faces: Brock Maschmeyer
- NMU Hockey 2013-14 Fresh Faces: Derek Dun
- NMU Hockey 2013-14 Fresh Faces: Barrett Kaib
- NMU Hockey 2013-14 Fresh Faces: Mathias Dahlstrom
- NMU Hockey 2013-14 Fresh Faces: Luke Eibler
Hometown: Pinckney, Mich.
Last club (league): Lincoln (USHL)
Major: health and fitness management
Hobbies: Video games
Favorite NHL team: Detroit Red Wings
Favorite NHL player: Steve Yzerman
Strongest skill on the ice: Shooting
Weakest skill on the ice: Discipline in the defensive zone
Who was the biggest influence on your hockey career?
"My parents, both of them, my mom and dad. Just the way they pushed me when I was younger. They always wanted me to be the best I could be and I appreciate it now."
What's your favorite pregame meal?
"Just pasta. It doesn't matter - red sauce or anything."
If you could star in any type of movie, what would it be?
"A comedy. I like watching all the funny movies with Seth Rogen and all those guys. It would be fun to do something like that."
In head coach Walt Kyle's words:
"Hard competitor. He's scored 28 goals in the U.S. league last year. He has a good shot, good around the net. He doesn't get out competed or out worked. He battles hard on pucks. He's a tough kid. He's a real good addition to the hockey team."