Freshman Faceoff: Brady Skjei

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As the 2012-13 season rolls on, we'll chat with each of Gopher Hockey's freshmen including this week's featured newcomer -- defenseman Christian Horn. 

After two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program, Brady Skjei was able to achieve one of his dreams when the New York Rangers selected him in the first round (28th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. 

This weekend, he'll take on another dream when he laces up his skates for the first time as a Golden Gopher. 

We recently caught up with Brady.

Being from Lakeville, what does it mean to be a Golden Gopher?
"It is awesome! I have been dreaming of it since I was a little kid. I can not wait for the season to start."

What did you learn or take from the experience from the U.S. National team Development Program?
"The experience went very well. I think it made me a much better player. I don't think I would be the guy I am today if it was not for that program, I have nothing but good things to say."

With the USNTDP you were able to win the gold medal at World Under 18 Championship. Thoughts....
"It was awesome! It was four-in-a-row for our program, so it was big. We worked two years for that goal, so getting it was awesome."

You were selected by the New York Rangers in the first round of the NHL draft. Personally, what does it mean to be a first rounder?
"It is a dream come true, but it is all about what you do after the draft. I am focused on this year."

Did you pick up any tips at Rangers development camp?
"The coaches taught me some things for sure, but just to experience New York City was a good time."

Best part about being a defenseman is...
"I like taking the puck up the ice and seeing everyone in front of you, that is my favorite part." 

Favorite pregame meal?
"Chicken parmesan for sure."

If you were not playing hockey, what sport would you be playing?
"I would probably play football. My family all played football. My grandpa and uncle played (at Minnesota). I used to be a quarterback in Lakeville, so I would say football."

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