The men’s hockey team is currently contending for a playoff spot in the MIAC conference and stands in fifth place. Prior to Saturday’s home game against Gustavus Adolphus College, the Cardinals spoke to the man behind the #16 face mask, Chad Cesarz. Cesarz, a sophomore Sports Management/Business Intelligence and Analytics major from Jackson, Mich. was awarded a spot on the MIAC All-Rookie Team during the 2014-15 season and currently has 9 goals and 6 assists on the year for a combined 15 points. Chad took a few precious minutes off of the ice to answer some questions for the Cardinal staff.
Cardinal staff: What is your favorite hockey memory?
Chad: I have a couple of hockey memories that go hand in hand. During my junior hockey career, I was fortunate enough to win a Thorne Cup Championship as well as a National Championship. This was an amazing accomplishment for me because I have never won anything of that magnitude during my career. Also, another memorable time was the MIAC championship game at the end of our 2014-2015 season here at Saint Mary’s. I have never played in an environment like that where I could not even hear myself think. Even though we did not win, I will never forget something like that.
CS: What are you looking forward to about the rest of the season?
C: I am looking forward to seeing how our team plays the rest of the season so that we can have another berth in the playoffs and have a run at a MIAC championship again.
Chad controls the puck in the Cardinals’ recent game versus UW-Stevens Point.
Photo by Saint Mary’s University Athletics
CS: Who is your favorite professional hockey player?
C: My favorite professional hockey player would have to be Nicholas Lidstrom because of his great leadership for the Detroit Red Wings, and because of the fact that during his career he never missed the playoffs.
CS: If you had to be stranded on an island with only one of your teammates, who would it be?
C: If I had to be stranded with one teammate, it would be Kellen Wasell.
CS: Do you have any weird game day superstitions?
C: On game days, I always tape my stick right when I get to the rink and play soccer before we stretch. After stretching, Bob Kinne and I have to make a 3-point basket before we go back into the locker room. Also, I always put my equipment on the same way every time, and when I am done, I have Mike Mezzano help me put away and wash my stuff as well.
The Cardinals finish the home-and-home series against Gustavus this Saturday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Saint Mary’s Ice Arena.