MINNEAPOLIS -- We caught up with Gopher Hockey senior defenseman Jack Glover to talk about playing at the 'U', why he wears No. 3 and his favorite experiene with USA Hockey.
A native of Golden Valley, Minn., Glover has skated in 83 career games with 19 points (three goals, 16 assists.
First off, how did you get into skating and playing hockey when you were a kid?
My older brother started playing when we were kids. He’s two years older than me, so I obviously wanted to do everything he did. I was probably five at the time, and I just fell in love with the sport and have been playing ever since. We never were teammates in hockey, but we did play baseball together.
What made you decide to play hockey here at the University of Minnesota?
For me, it was a combination of a lot of things. Obviously, I grew up in Minnesota and knew everything about the program. I also played outside of Minnesota for two years with USA Hockey, and I knew I wanted to play college hockey a little closer to home. I love everything that they do here, and I wanted to be a part of it.
How much did Mike Guentzel’s history of developing NHL defensemen factor into your college choice?
That was huge. Right off the bat, you know what’s expected of you. He runs the defense here, and his track record speaks for itself. He’s turned a lot of young guys into every day defensemen in the NHL. He’s a very good coach, a very demanding coach, and he’s going to make you a better player if you buy in.
You wear No. 3 for the Gophers and Jordan Leopold is your all-time favorite Gopher. Is there a correlation there or just coincidence?
I was always No. 8 growing up, and obviously that’s not an option here (John Mayasich’s No. 8 jersey is the only retired number in Gopher Hockey history). I had skated with Jordan during the summers…we had the same skating coach. I knew he was No. 3 here…we’re both from Golden Valley…I just thought it’d be a good choice.
What do you like to do when you aren’t playing hockey or going to school?
In the summer, I like to golf a lot, and I like to fish. My girlfriend’s dad has gotten me into fishing the last few years, and I’ve really gotten into it. I really enjoy being outside and getting away from everything for a bit.
You have a lot of experience with USA Hockey and playing in international tournaments. Do you have a favorite memory?
I would say one of the first trips we went on when I got to Ann Arbor – we went to Switzerland. We were still getting to know everybody and going overseas with 20 guys was pretty fun. We stayed in a hotel up in the mountains and played in a rink that was pretty much outdoors with a beautiful view. That’s probably the best memory that sticks out to me. It was great bonding as a team and experiencing a different culture and a different way of life.
The program has now won an NCAA-record six-straight regular-season conference titles including the first four championships in Big Ten history. You’ve been on roster for the last three with a chance to win one all four years. How important is that to you and the seniors on this team?
That’s something that is huge for us. When we came in here, they already had a pretty good run going. You saw the impact those guys all had on the program and the effort they all put in to be successful. We really just want to make those guys proud and live up to the standard they set.
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