Q&A with Greg Hogeboom

By John Logue

Greg Hogeboom was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the fifth round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. After a very
successful college career at Miami of Ohio, the right winger signed a two-year deal with the Kings in April and played some games at the end the season with AHL affiliate Manchester Monarchs.

Hockey’s Future caught up with Hogeboom at the Pacific Division Rookie Tournament at Disney ICE in Anaheim.

HF: How did you make the determination to play in the
NCAA over Canadian juniors?

GH: I was drafted in the fifth round by North Bay and
went to their camp. After a couple of days my family
and I decided that school would be a better route. I
was pretty confident that if I went back and played
one year of juniors that I could get a scholarship.
Everything worked out for the best and I ended up at a
great school in Miami.

HF: How was the style of play in college different?

GH: It’s a lot quicker. The guys seem to be a lot
older, much more mature, much stronger. I came there
as a 17-year-old, it was pretty overwhelming. I
just tried to get stronger. I had an okay freshman
year, progressed and got stronger and my game kept
developing.

HF: You had 24 goals your junior year, 17 of which
were on the power play. Was everything just clicking on
the power play that year?

GH: We had a great power play and our coach would put
me in the position right in front of the net. It’s
where I like to be. I had a great linemate in Mike
Kompon. He fed me the puck a lot so I had a lot of
tip-ins and garbage goals. I managed to get 17. It was
a good feeling to lead the nation in power play goals.

HF: Is there an NHL player you patterned your game
after?

GH: Not really, I like the way power forwards play
like Jeff O’Neill and Brendan Shanahan. Guys that play
hard in both the ‘O zone’ and ‘D zone’, and can score
goals.

HF: How was this year’s prospect camp different for
you now that you’ve graduated and signed a contract?

GH: It was a lot different. I came in to my first
development camp as a sophomore, I had just been
drafted, so my expectations weren’t very high and I
knew I was going back to college. I think I left a
pretty good impression there and came back two years
later and worked out very hard over the summer. This
is my first rookie camp and so far it’s going pretty
well and hopefully it will continue to go well.

HF: What did you focus on the most over the summer?

GH: Just getting stronger, also trying to get quicker
and lose some weight. I was working out in LA with
some other Kings prospects, Noah Clarke, Dave
Steckel, George Parros and Denis Grebeshkov. We had a
good time, we all worked out together, and I think we
all made huge strides in our physical development and
hopefully we see the results on the ice.

HF: Were you working out down in Venice Beach?

GH: No, we were working out at the Home Depot Center
with Mike Boyle. The trainers there helped us out
quite a bit.

HF: Did the Kings have much contact with you during
your college years?

GH: Not really, they pretty much left me alone and let
me play my game. I actually didn’t know many times
when they even were at the rink. Maybe that was good,
maybe that was bad. I can’t really tell. They have the
kind of management staff that doesn’t really like to
interfere.

HF: What’s it like being a teammate of Dave Steckel’s
after so many college games against him?

GH: My line was often matched up against Dave’s. Dave
was one of the best defensive players in the CCHA last
year. We played Ohio State 16 times over four years. We
had some good battles. We have a mutual respect for
each other. We’re roommates here at rookie camp and
might end up roommates in Manchester.

HF: You had another Kings prospect on your team in
Miami, Marty Guerin. What are your impressions of him?

GH: Marty is a great player. He was a right winger
too, on our top two lines. He’s a really good
prospect, a definite steal in the ninth round. He’s
developing in Miami, he should be great this year. He
was great for them last year — very solid player.

HF: Now that you’ve graduated, what do you think you
will miss most about the college game?

GH: The camaraderie. Our team was a really close-knit
bunch. We knew we were going to be there for four
years, so you gotta be friends with everyone. In the
pro game it’s a little different because guys come and
go with trades.


HF: You signed a two-year contract with the Kings back
in April, where do you want to be when those two years
are up?

GH: My goal is to be in the NHL by that time. I think
that if I keep developing the way I have been, it’s
realistic to think I should be there. That’s my goal
for sure. If there is a setback, I will take it in
stride and hopefully do well in the AHL.

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