locker room to command respect from his teammates. He merely shows them
what he’s talking about by collecting points on the ice and making big
plays. He leads by example.
and all corners and is possibly the hardest worker on the team.
logs a lot of ice time. You don’t have to worry about him away from the
and simply leads by example, much like his linemate Greg Rallo.
bring more players like Benny into this program. He’s very coachable,
hard-working guy and he knows what it takes. He works hard off the ice
and in the gym. He constantly tweaks his game, and knows he’s not
always going to be perfect. But, he expects to win. And he expects his
teammates to win.
athletic trademark runs deep through his family roots.
University of Detroit. His father is now a hard-working doctor. He has
five older brothers, one younger than he and a sister thrown in there
play a sport, every one of them, including his sister, all took to
playing hockey. It became the sport of choice for the Assenmacher
kids. In fact, Ben’s brother Craig played hockey at the University of
were very competitive with each other and we even scrapped a few times
too,” he says with a laugh.
idol Keith Tkachuk of the Phoenix Coyotes, he’s not afraid to mix it up
a bit and defend his teammates.
colleges have not beaten down his door.
know there were a few schools interested in him, but I’ll tell you, this
is a good kid, who gets good grades. He’s the type of player that a
college coach would love to have.”
in Assenmacher, the latter proving just what a student Ben is.
fits for Assenmacher, says Heggs, and would keep the team’s assists
leader right in the heart of the Midwest.
“I’m really hoping Benny gets what he wants because he deserves it,”
Ohio native hasn’t ruled out another year with Springfield. Much of
that comes from his lack of ice time in his first season with the Texas
offensive threat, but didn’t get the playing time with Texas,” says
Assenmacher. “A lot of that is because of the team we had,” he says,
referring to the tremendous season Texas had in 1999-2000 (wining the
regular season and Western conference titles) and the number of stars on
direction, simply because of the mediocre year the team is having and
the lack of a strong supporting cast.
next season if both Assenmacher and goal-scoring whiz Rallo return to
Assenmacher naturally likes the idea.
says. “I really kind of look at this as being like my rookie season
because of the lack of ice time last year,” he adds, knowing that
another season in the NAHL could improve his chances of getting more
colleges at his door.
that. He says his off-season work on his quickness and speed and his
improved work ethic have contributed to his success this season.
the big goals,” says Assenmacher. “Rallo’s a perfect player on our line
and we’ve got perfect chemistry out there.”
playoffs, although that has been a tough exercise this season.
“It’s a rough situation, but you have to keep trying to do everything
you can to keep the team motivated. I prefer to go out there and play
to pull them aside. The mark of a captain who cares.
Assenmacher. “I know how to talk to the guys, I know how it is because
some of these guys are in high school and I was there once too. I can
talk on their level and I’m not much older than them.”
He’s got a “stick-to-it-ive-ness,” says Heggs, creating a word, but
effectively describing Assenmacher. “There’s a school out there he’ll
fit in with.”
Indeed. How could a college hockey program refuse a leader like Ben