Gophers freshman Hudson Fasching is tied for the Big Ten rookie scoring lead.
We caught up with freshman Hudson Fasching to get to know a little more about him as he continues his first campaign with the Gopher men's hockey team.
Through four games this season, Fasching is tied with teammate Justin Kloos for the Big Ten rookie scoring lead with six points (two goals and four assists). The native of Burnsville, Minn. was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round of the 2013 NHL Draft and comes to the Gophers with plenty of high-level experience after spending two seasons with the U.S. National Development Team Program. Hudson will be counted on to use his size and add toughness to the Gophers this season.
What does it mean to you to play for the Gophers?
"I am a Minnesotan, born and raised. I grew up around Mariucci my whole life watching Gopher games and finally being able to put the jersey on means the world to me."
Describe the type of game you like to play for people who may not know you?
"I am a power forward. I go in the corners and like to grind it out. I want to bring pucks to the net hard and just play hard in general."
Is there an NHL player you like to watch and model your game after?
"Yeah! David Backes of the St. Louis Blues. I like to model my game after him. He plays hard in all aspects of the game, and that is what I like to model from him."
We're just a few weeks into the season, but you seem to have found some success playing alongside Sam Warning and Kyle Rau. How has that experience been?
"Coming in as a younger guy on the team, it's great to be able to play with two of the veterans on this team. They're good at moving the puck around and setting up scoring chances, and we've had some success so far. They're both great players, and they're great examples for me in terms of how I want to develop as a player."
You spent the last two seasons playing with the USA Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., how did the experience help your game develop?
"Being away from home for a couple years around great coaching and great teammates really helps me mature a lot as a person and as a player. It is very competitive over there. Bringing all those aspects to Minnesota will be huge for me."
You had the opportunity to travel to some cool places with the USA Development Program. Which was your favorite?
"I got to go to Sochi, Russia for the Under-18 World Championships. Just the experience of being in another country, eating their food, and being in their culture is eye opening. You don't really know what it is like over there until you get there. It was a really fun experience."
You played at Apple Valley High School with fellow Gopher A.J. Michaelson. What does it mean to be playing with him again?
"Yeah! A.J. and I grew up together. We played all through youth hockey together. It is awesome that I get to play with one of my childhood buddies out here. It should be a lot of fun. Hopefully, we can get on a line together sometime during the year."
What kind of music do you like to listen to before the game?
"I am a rocker type of guy. Just anything that gets be going is good for me. "
What are some of the nicknames you have received from guys on the team?
"Some of the guys call me Huddy-Buddy, but most of the guys just call me Fasch."