This is the first installment of this new feature on the blog. I plan on featuring multiple players from each team, in an attempt to allow the fans to know these players a little bit better. Thanks to Derek for taking time to answer some questions.
Name: Derek Roehl
Current Team: Ohio Junior Blue Jackets
Hometown: Clinton Township, Michigan
Date of Birth: April 20, 1988
Weight: 170 lbs.
Stats: 22 goals, 11 assists
Previous Team(s): Youngstown Phantoms, Lincoln Stars, Cleveland Barons
College: Western Michigan University (2008)
Ryan: What are your favorite and least favorite arenas (outside of your own) to play in and why?
Derek Roehl: My favorite rink to play at is Lincoln's because the atmosphere is just unreal and very motivating. My least favorite is Chicago. There isn't very much adversity to face.
Ryan: What factors made you choose Western Michigan?
DR: I chose Western Michigan because it was my best offer and the best opportunity for me to pursue a career with hockey. It is also in my home town and I know my dad will be at every game possible.
Ryan: Is there any special reason you were the number you wear?
DR: I decided to wear 21 this year bc its the number my dad wore his last year of juniors before he was offered a full scholarship to the University of Denver.
Ryan: What player would you say you try and model your game around?
DR: I'd say I model my game around Pavel Datysuk.
Ryan: What is the transition like from the NAHL to the USHL?
DR: The transiition is alot different. The NAHL is more of a choppy game-style where the USHL is a finesse style of play. There is alot more skilled players in the USHL.