Monday, March 10, 2008

Player Spotlight: Michael Dorr

Real quickly, there is a new Tri-City Storm board out there.

Up next: Lincoln's Josh Myers.

Name: Michael Dorr
Current Team: Des Moines Buccaneers
Position: Forward
Hometown: Roseville, Minnesota
Date of Birth: December 28, 1988
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 180 lbs.
Stats: 4 goals, 13 assists
Previous Team: Roseville HS
College: University of Minnesota (2008)

Ryan: What is your favorite and least favorite arena (outside of your own) to play in and why?

Michael Dorr: My favorite arena to play in other than KGGO Arena is Young Arena. It is an Olympic sheet of ice and that is to my advantage with my speed. I also like how the fans get so into the game. I will never forget last year in playoffs when Des Moines faced off against Waterloo and how loud the fans were. You couldn't even hear yourself talk during warm-up. They have a good fan base in Waterloo. My least favorite arena to play in is Chicago's arena. It reminds me of a H.S. or Midget arena. It doesn’t have the excitement as the other arenas in the league.

Ryan: What were your thoughts and feelings when you found out coach Simon resigned?

MD: Obviously everyone was surprised. Coach Simon is a great coach and will do well wherever he ends up. Everyone on our team really got along with him and we wish him the best of luck.

Ryan: Describe your USHL experience so far.

MD: My USHL experience has been different from your normal junior player. Des Moines picked me up after my junior yr. of H.S. (05-06 season) and I was put on the playoff roster. That year Des Moines had a very special team with some extremely talented players. They went on to win the Clark Cup Championship. The following year (06-07 season) I moved to Des Moines and appeared in 12 games before I went home to Minnesota to finish my senior year of H.S. hockey in my home town of Roseville. My H.S. season ended in early March. I was able to return to Des Moines and play in the remaining 14 regular season games and playoffs. This season thus far I have appeared in only 21 games due to shoulder surgery this past July.

Ryan: What is the best part about playing for the Buccaneers?

MD: The best part about playing for Des Moines is the fans. Our season hasn't gone they way we wanted it but our fans have still continued to show how much they support us. I think it is awesome that we continue to have sell-out crowds and to know your fans will always be supporting you is a great feeling.

Ryan: What are some of your hobbies outside of playing hockey?

MD: Some of my hobbies are golfing, fishing, wakeboarding, tennis. I like to be outdoors.

Thanks to Michael for taking time to participate.

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