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Former Lake Superior star shines as sturdy two-way player

by Derek Berry
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Before he got into the National Hockey League he was told that he
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.”

It wasn’t too tough of an adjustment for this fine two-way hockey
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.

“Coach Jackson used a very pro-style system,” says Valicevic. “We were
stingy and strong at lake Superior, especially on defense and we didn’t
give up a lot of shots.”

Jackson himself is pleased that his former star, a key contributor to
those LSSU national championship teams in 1992 and 1994, has found
success at the next level.

“I’m very impressed that he’s made it to the NHL,” says Jackson, very
proudly. “He has consistently improved each year and I think he’s
emerged as an excellent, consistent two-way player with the Nashville
Predators.”

When asked if his coaching style and system attributed to Valicevic’s
success up to this point, Jackson humbly dismissed those notions, saying
Valicevic has basically made himself the player that he is.

“Rob has really made himself into his own player,” says Jackson. “He’s
built his body up well and he’s always had the work ethic and
leadership.”

It’s no secret that Valicevic has worked hard for what he has earned.

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Interview with Rick Nash

by Robert Neuhauser
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Name: Rick Nash
Position: forward
Team: London Knights (OHL)

Rob: At what age did you start playing hockey?
Rick: It was at two.

Rob: Where did you start playing hockey?
Rick: It was in Brampton, where I grew up.

Rob: Your favorite NHL team?
Rick: Toronto Maple Leafs.

Rob: Your favorite NHL player?
Rick: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins.

Rob: The biggest success in your hockey career?
Rick: Playing major junior and winning the top OHL rookie last season.

Rob: How would you describe yourself as a player?
Rick: I think that I’m a solid all-round player and that I can play
defensively, too.

Rob: What do you do in your free time?
Rick: I like to hang out with my freinds, have a rest or play golf.

Rob: Thank you and good luck.

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