should not worry about becoming a goal-scorer. “That was a real
eye-opener,” says Detroit native Rob Valicevic, of the talk given to him
early on by his Houston Aeros coach. “I’ll never forget that talk.”
player from Clinton Township. He really learned how to play two ways
back in the glory days of Lake Superior State University, playing under
head coach Jeff Jackson.
stingy and strong at lake Superior, especially on defense and we didn’t
give up a lot of shots.”
those LSSU national championship teams in 1992 and 1994, has found
success at the next level.
proudly. “He has consistently improved each year and I think he’s
emerged as an excellent, consistent two-way player with the Nashville
success up to this point, Jackson humbly dismissed those notions, saying
Valicevic has basically made himself the player that he is.
built his body up well and he’s always had the work ethic and
It’s no secret that Valicevic has worked hard for what he has earned.
wouldn’t argue about Valicevic’s work ethic.
a solid two-way player, who can play both wings and does a good overall
job for us.”
he chips in on offense where he has to.
like to utilize him in many ways and we can because of the type of
player that he is.”
his territory on the ice. And it isn’t often where you’ll find a goal
scored when he’s out on a shift.
success in the NHL, guys that he played against in college like Mike
Knuble of Boston (U-M) and Rem Murray and Anson Carter of Edmonton (both
from MSU) have said-you must be responsible for your position on the ice
at all times.
burned,” says the former New York Islanders draft pick. “You have to be
responsible for your position and not make mistakes because it’ll show.”
speed and size at each level he played at.
Valicevic. “It especially hit me when I played with the Orlando Polar
Bears (of the IHL). You could see the difference clearly.”
League, where he won a title with the team.
less. He was part of those two national title teams at Lake Superior
and helped his team win three CCHA titles. He was named Rookie of the
year in the ECHL. He carries that attitude over now as he helps his
Nashville Predators team make a push for a playoff spot in the NHL’s
and which is where we were all the time at Lake Superior,” he says. “No
one ever expected us to win.”
But, still, to Rob Valicevic’s way of thinking, you can’t go out and give a half-hearted effort.
higher level of talent in some respects,” he says.
Jeff Jackson said, that Rob Valicevic is all about.