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USHL sits down with Tri-City Storm prospect Jace Foskey. The 16-year old defenseman was selected in the 2016 USHL Draft by the Storm from the Dallas Stars Elite program. He is currently playing for Team USA in his home state at the Five Nations Tournament in Frisco, TX. Hear what he had to say about wearing the red, white and blue in front of friends and family:
How did it feel to be back on the ice?
It was really good. The whole team was obviously pretty fired up. In the beginning, we did well, and we just started racking up the goals. I think our team is pretty good.
Who are some of the guys that you instantly connected with or thought made a big first impression?
I’d say probably Christian Krygier. Me and him were playing in the game together. We used to play on Bauer together, and we were bonding on the ice from that. We have the same kind of style, so we work pretty well together.
Being from Texas, how cool is it to be playing in the Dr. Pepper Center?
I had a bunch of my old hockey player friend come out and they were watching me. Then my grandparents came down, so it’s cool to have my family here.
Who do you expect to be watching over the next couple days from your family?
I have a bunch of my school friends coming in for the last game and then my grandparents came down, my brother, my cousin who goes to Arkansas, so this is the only real time he gets to watch me. It’s cool having them the last few times, being able to watch me.
With hockey in Texas, how much have you noticed it grow? How popular is it in the state?
It’s definitely grown a lot with a bunch of players coming out of Dallas Stars Elite, with Max Gildon who’s on NTDP, and then Ryan O’Reilly, who’s on my team, going fourth overall in the USHL Draft. The South and the Midwest is definitely growing.
In terms of coaching, what have you as players been told about what the goal is for the tournament or the strategy in terms of style of play and coming out in order to put your best foot forward?
Obviously, the main goal would be to win gold, and we were told to do that by being fast, physical, playing a game that will trap them and run them down, and then just keep pounding the net with shots. Basically being a really hard to play against, winning every puck battle.
Do you think this tournament could be a big step forward in trying to make the Tri-City roster here in a couple weeks?
Oh, definitely. I’ve obviously been keeping in touch with them and everything. They’re following up after the games and a bunch of coaches are coming in, so this could definitely create exposure.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 14th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16. A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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