He grew up in the hockey-rich state of Michigan and then
suited up for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame where he was a well-respected
leader. Now as a rookie with the San
Antonio Rampage, Rob Globke finds himself in new territory.
After completing his four years at South Bend, Globke signed
his first professional contract with the Florida Panthers and joined their AHL
affiliate for the 2004-05 season. After
bursting out of the gate with two straight wins, the Rampage came to Edmonton
to tackle the Road Runners but dropped the first of the two game series by a
Despite the fact that players like Jay Bouwmeester, Stephen
Weiss and the injured Nathan Horton are garnering most of the media’s time,
Globke is a player that scouts have had high on their lists. With the names sharing the room with him,
Globke in a lot of ways has become overshadowed this year.
One NHL scout in attendance called Globke one of his
favorite prospects from the class of 2002 while another described him as the
prototypical forward because of his combination of skill and physical presence.
Globke, (pronounced Globe-key), was a very friendly and
willing player to speak to despite his team’s loss that same night. Hockey’s Future spent some time with
Florida’s best-kept secret to discuss a variety of topics.
HF: What is the biggest difference you’ve noticed so far
between playing at the college level and playing in the American League?
RG: Probably the puck movement.
College is a lot different game from here; here it’s much more free
flowing and you have to know your position more. College is more up and down and away you go.
HF: Do you expect the travel will be something to contend with?
RG: Ahhhh… man, the amount of games alone is easily double and then
you add in the travel, it’s twice as much travel so, yeah definitely!
HF: For those
fans that haven’t had the opportunity to watch you play, can you describe your
RG: I’m more of a power forward.
I like to go up and down the wing, use my shot, get into the corners and
bang some people.
HF: You go from
being an assistant captain at Notre Dame to being a rookie on a pro team; how
do you go from last year to your spot this year?
RG: It’s definitely
a big change and it’s kind of difficult.
You’re used to being one of those guys in the locker room that players
look up to and now you kind of have to know your role. It’s difficult but it’s definitely fun.
HF: At Notre Dame
were you a vocal leader?
RG: Not so much as
some of the other guys. I was more the
guy others would come to if they missed something or something goes by them,
more of that kind of leader. I tried to
lead with my play. Here though I’m
definitely watching and learning!
HF: Roles for
players can change with each level they go up. What was your role last year and how has it changed this year?
RG: I was the
go-to-guy, the guy they counted on for scoring and that was my role. Coming here it’s a lot different. I’m a fourth line, and maybe a third liner
hopefully. It’s my first year and with
the lockout and the guys coming down, you have to do the checking role and
learn the ropes.
HF: It’s good for
your development though, makes you a more rounded player.
RG: Yep, exactly.
HF: Look into your
crystal ball and try to envision your role changing for the NHL.
RG: That’s a tough
one and it would be up to the coach obviously.
I think I could be a second or third line guy and provide some goals but
also some grit.
HF: Do you set
statistical goals for yourself?
RG: Nope. I set goals for every game; I want to have a
certain amount of shots or hits per game and whatever happens after that
happens. I think if you concentrate on
little things the other stuff will follow.
HF: When you
signed your deal back in June, what were some of the things you and Mike Keenan
talked about in regards to his expectations?
RG: Actually I cut
my deal with (Rick) Dudley. I signed
about two days before the switch over so I hadn’t talked to Keenan at all. I have since though, we talked about my coach
in Notre Dame (Dave Poulin) because he was a player of Keenan’s in Philly.
HF: Fans are
beginning to get to know Keenan from the reality TV show ‘Making the Cut’. What has your experience been with him? Did you have any preconceived opinions
shattered since you met him?
RG: A little
bit. Everybody has this perception of
him as being a real hard…(pauses)
HF: A hard ass?
exactly! (laughs) Really, as long as
you don’t mess up and you tend to do things right, he’s fun to be around. He talks to you and you can joke around with
him but you see a lot of the times guys are pretty scared and still stay away
from him anyways! (laughs). As long as
you’re doing things right, he’s pretty fair.
HF: How well did you think you played in the Rookie Tournament in
RG: I played OK. I would have
liked to score more than I did, I got a lot of assists but I would have liked
to put the puck away more than I did.
HF: San Antonio
is one of the teams with lofty expectations this year. As a rookie, do you sense that you’re on one
of the upper echelon teams?
RG: I think we have a good blend of people in different roles. We have a lot of older guys and younger guys
as well as guys coming down from Florida which is a big advantage.
HF: Other than
Bouwmeester, Horton and Weiss… who else has caught your attention on this team?
RG: Nathan hasn’t skated yet but just being around him is good, he’s
actually my roommate in the hotel. I
would say Greg “Soupy” Campbell. He’s
not the flashiest guy but he comes out every day and gets things done.
HF: What did you
study in school and did you complete your studies?
RG: Marketing, four
HF: What do you
like to do away from the game?
RG: Watch a lot of
TV and read. Pretty boring but that’s
what I do!
HF: You’re a
Michigan boy so you’re from a hockey state.
What do you think it will be like playing in a place like Florida where
hockey is an afterthought most of the time?
RG: It’s the same as
San Antonio. It’s really different,
people like football and that’s about it, college and even high school. It’s different and something that you have
to get used to, there’s not as much publicity but it’s almost kind of nice
because you don’t have to deal with the media all the time.
HF: Hey, sorry!
RG: Oh no, no! I didn’t mean you! (laughs)
HF: As a young
player, the NHL CBA discussions going on, or not going on, will directly affect
you for many years. Do you have any
concerns or special interests in the negotiations?
RG: I’ve not really
been following. It affects me a little
bit but not yet too much. I try to stay
abreast of it but I just wish they’d get something settled. Being from America and knowing how it is in
other states than ones like Michigan or Minnesota, a lot of fans could be
turned away and it could really hurt the game in the long run so I just hope
they get something done.
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