As a USHL rookie in 2003-04, it didn’t take long for Lincoln Stars fans to single out a player to become a crowd favorite. It happened early, and his name was Jared Boll. The 6’2, 180 lb. forward has established himself as a player who is always on the move, and one who always finishes his checks.
“That’s just the way I’ve always played hockey,” said Boll, “I just love the game and pride myself in giving 100% the whole time I’m out there.”
Lincoln Stars head coach Steve Johnson agrees.
“Jared is an aggressive power forward who has established himself as a presence in this league. We look for him to continue to play as he did last year, as well as add some leadership and improve his (offensive) numbers this year over last.”
Boll came to the Stars last year after playing for Team Illinois (AAA) the year before.
“The biggest adjustment was the speed of the game. The play moves so much quicker, and it was an adjustment to keep up with what was going on out there, both mentally and physically.”
Boll continues to work hard to improve himself as a hockey player.
“I just want to keep on getting better, continue to develop myself as a player. My goal is to keep playing hockey for a while, and to do that you have to realize where you need to improve and what you need to do to get better.”
Boll, who is the Stars leading goal scorer with 13, indicated things were going well on the recruiting front thus far.
“The goal for most USHL players is to play Division I hockey, and a couple schools in the CCHA and WCHA have shown interest. You can’t worry about that too much, at this point all you can do is play your best and see what happens.”
Boll also has team goals in mind for the coming year, mainly erasing the disappointing end to the 2003-04 season.
“That was tough, not making the playoffs. This year we need to make the playoffs, and get ourselves playing our best hockey towards the end of the season. We need to work on coming together as a team in the early part of the season. That’s important, because it sets everything up for later on.”
Jared, a native of Crystal Lake, IL is the son of Pete and Cathy Boll. He has two brothers, Jake and Matt. Although Lincoln isn’t close to Crystal Lake, Jared has enjoyed his time spent with the Stars.
“I just love the atmosphere of the Ice Box (Lincoln’s home arena). I think they are the best fans in the league, and it’s great to be able to play there and feed off the excitement when the crowd gets going.”