As the 2012-13 season rolls on, we'll chat with each of Gopher Hockey's freshmen including this week's featured newcomer -- forward Christian Horn.
Last season as a prep hockey player, Christian Horn helped Benilde-St. Margaret's to the Minnesota Class AA state championship. It was the school's first hockey championship since 2001.
Horn piled up 70 points as a senior for the Red Knights including six points in the state tournament. The forward received all-state honors as a junior and senior while racking up school records in career points and assists. Horn also excelled on the lacrosse field and in the classroom.
We caught up with Horn earlier this week...
What's your best memory from winning the high school championship with Benilde-St. Margaret's in 2012?
"The best part was just being with all the guys. We had a great team last year. A lot of times were tough, but being able to show the state that we were a good team and win the state championship like that was really special."
What does it mean to you to play for the University of Minnesota?
"It means a lot. People grow up dreaming about playing here, so getting an opportunity to do it means everything from when you were a kid to now."
How has the adjustment to college classes gone for you?
"Not too bad. There is a lot more reading and studying that I have to do, but it is good that they set us up with tutors, and we have all of that right at your fingertips. "
What do you think will be your biggest adjustment coming straight from high school hockey into college hockey?
"Definitely my strength, I know I can skate with the guys. I need to get in the weight room and get a little stronger. I need to do the things I can control to compete (on the ice). The more I workout, the bigger I will get and the easier it will become for me."
What do you think is your biggest asset on the ice?
"I believe I see the ice really well because I can find open guys. When I was younger it was goal scoring, but through high school my assists started to pile up. I think that is what it turned out to be now."
You have experienced a lot of success on the lacrosse field. How does playing lacrosse help you when you are playing hockey?
"In lacrosse, you have to see the field very well, and I think that has helped me a lot with hockey. Whenever I come back to hockey from playing lacrosse, my legs are ten times stronger from all the running. I can go for miles and miles, so that definitely helps too."
What is one place you would like to travel to if you get the chance?
Somewhere in Europe, my parents got married in Italy last summer, and that was pretty sweet. Maybe somewhere in England, checking out a soccer game would be pretty cool."
Do you have any superstitions or pregame rituals?
"I love to take naps before games, and I always put my left equipment on before my right. I also carry around a medal pendant with me on game days that was blessed by the Pope."
-Article by Minnesota Athletic Communications Student Intern Josh Brennock