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Name: Nick Pisellini
Current Team: Chicago Steel
Hometown: Itasca, Illinois
Date of Birth: May 25, 1990
Weight: 175 lbs.
Previous Team: Chicago Mission
Ryan: What is your favorite and least favorite arena (outside of your own) to play in and why?
Nick Pisellini: My favorite place to play would be Des Moines. I love playing in a small rink and the atmosphere is amazing. My least favorite place to play would have to be Ohio. They have a great arena to play in, but it feels like you can hear a pin drop in there.
Ryan: How do you like being able to living and being able to go to school at home, instead of having to move?
NP: I am a great situation being able to live at home and play junior hockey. It is my Senior year and it was nice not having to leave my friends. I grew up playing at the Edge and my house is only 15 minutes away, so that makes everything even better.
Ryan: What made you decide that you wanted to be a goalie?
NP: Well when I was 8, I played forward and wasn’t very good, I think I had one goal all season. Our goalie couldn’t make a game, so I decided to strap up the pads. I had a great time and played real well, and the next year I was goalie full time.
Ryan: Being such a young goalie, how do you handle being the backup?
NP: I am looking at this year as a developmental year for me, a chance to learn and step in next year as the starter. Rob is a great guy and I love learning from him. He is always working with me and helped me with my game physically and mentally.
Ryan: What is it like playing for coach Poapst?
NP: Coach Poapst is a great coach and we are all fortunate to play for someone who knows the game so well and for someone who has played in the NHL. He makes coming to the rink everyday a lot of fun and he cares about each player a lot.
Ryan: Describe your USHL experience so far.
NP: My USHL experience has been great so far. It was the hardest thing to jump from midgets to juniors so it was tough in the beginning of the year, but now that I have adjusted it is a lot of fun.
Thanks to Nick for taking the time to help out.