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 the Article Links section for the previous eight Fresh Faces.
Name (number): Shane Sooth (11)
Northern Michigan University freshman Shane Sooth is the Wildcats most likely candidate to replace senior forward Matt Thurber, who led the team in assists last year.
- NMU Hockey 2013-14 Fresh Faces: Dominik Shine
- 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
Hometown: Canyon Country, Calif.
Last club (league): Dubuque (USHL)
Hobbies: Hanging with the guys
Favorite NHL team: L.A. Kings
Favorite NHL player: Joe Thorton
Strongest skill on the ice: Passing
Weakest skill on the ice: Strength
Who was the biggest influence on your hockey career and why?
"Last year's coach (Jim Montgomery). I had him for three years. He has taught me a lot."
If you weren't hockey player, what would you be?
"A construction worker."
What's your favorite movie and why?
"'Friday' because it's funny."
In head coach Walt Kyle's words:
"Excellent hands, tight good vision, strong on the puck. Really, really good defensive player. He plays both sides of the puck really well. He's exceptional on face offs. He should see a big role as a freshman and that role should only grow over time. He has good leadership skills."