Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Meet Your Freshmen Part I: Eli Vlaisavljevich

He's the opposing announcer's worst nightmare, and his name is Eli Vlaisavljevich. The 5'11" Shoreview, Minnesota native will be joining Tech's defense this year.

Being the unbiased writer I am, I would like to say that Eli is the most awesome guy ever, because it took him less than 24 hours to answer my questions and get back to me.

THB: Eli, first thing's first. Please give us a pronounciation guide for your last name.

Eli: Vli Sav La Vitch

THB: Why did you come to Michigan Tech?

Eli: [I] wanted to play hockey in the WCHA my whole life and loved the area up here on my visit. The academics also fit what I am looking to do for a career. [Eli is majoring in Biomedical Engineering.]

THB: What do you think of the skating treadmill?

Eli: I love the skating treadmill. I use it a lot back home working out at Acceleration Minnesota with Miles Van Tassel another former tech standout. He has done a lot for me with working out and training on the treadmill. I think it will continue to improve my game a lot in the future.

THB: If you were a hot dog, would you eat yourself?

Eli: Only if I had some Heinz to put on myself.

THB: What is your favorite thing about Houghton so far?

Eli: Getting to know new people.

THB: How much does the noise level and enthusiasm of your fans effect your game?

Eli: I never realized how much of a boost you get until playing last year down in Lincoln with absolutely crazy loud packed houses every night. It feels great to have support and I appreciate everyone that comes to watch the games that is what makes it so special.

THB: What is your personal goal for this season?

Eli: My goal is to make a positive contribution on a winning team. My goal is to be successful and consistent both personally and as a team.

THB: What road trip are you most looking forward to?

Eli: Denver because my cousin played there and I have a whole crew going to it. Also Minnesota because I grew up watching the Gophers. It is right by my house so everyone back home can come.

THB: What is your favorite NHL team?

Eli: Minnesota North Stars.

THB: What team do you MOST want to beat this season?

Eli: Minnesota, Wisconsin and Denver.

Hopefully in the near future, THB will feature Phil Axtell, Ryan Bunger, and Drew Dobson... If ever they check (and REPLY) to their email...

1 comment:

Runninwiththedogs said...

"THB: What is your favorite NHL team?

Eli: Minnesota North Stars."

Whoa. Someone's living in the past...

Rock on, B!