USHL – Feature Prospect: Jon Waibel

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Name: Jon Waibel
Pos: F
Height: 5-11
Weight: 180 lbs.
Born: 5/19/82
Hometown: Baudette, MN
Last Year’s Team: NTDP Under-17 Team (NAHL)

1999-2000 Stats (USHL): (as of 10-9-99)

GP G A Pts PIM
9 2 6 8 8

1998-1999 Stats (NAHL):
GP G A Pts PIM
41 15 4 19 20
(6ppg, 1shg)

1998-1999 Stats (USHL):
GP G A Pts PIM
14 1 3 4 10

JH: How would you describe your style of play? is it comparable to any current NHL player?
- hard worker, grinder. sorta like john leclair or eric lindros.

JH: Who is your favorite NHL player and why?
- Mike Modano. He plays hard, fast and scores goals. He’s a leader on and off the ice.

JH: What are your best skills and what are the skills you feel you need to improve on?
- My best is my skating. What I need to work on is stick handling and shooting.

JH: At what age did you first start playing hockey?
- I started at the age of four.

JH: What colleges are you looking at, would you like to attend or are looking at you?
- I’m going to be attending the University of Minnesota next year.

JH: Who has been the most important influence on you in your hockey career up to this point?
- My dad. He always pushed me, never let me be satisfied with mediocre. He always pushed me to do the best I could.

JH: Who were some of your inspirations growing up and who do you try to mold your game after?
- I always looked up to the high school players when I was younger. I always tried to play like them and never give up. I wanted to be like them.

JH: What advice do you have for all the young kids who would like to pursue hockey?
- Stick with it and work hard. It’s tough, but if you stick with it, you will be fine in the long run.

JH: What are your first impressins of the coaches and players you’ve met playing with Team USA?
- Everything’s been great. The coaches are the best I’ve ever had.

JH: Are there any teams or players you’re looking forward to playing this season?
- The International tournaments are going to be great, but in particular, not really. Each game will be great.