Checking In with Noah Vanderzwan
07/26/2018, 9:45am MDT
By Tricia Luna // UTEP Hockey Club
El Paso, TX -- Last season he was the new kid on the team, this season Noah Vanderzwan returns for his sophomore season in a new leadership role ready to lead the Miners.
Vanderzwan played 28 games last season finishing with 36 points (18G, 18A). “As a freshman, Noah was a huge pick up for the club. He’s a complete player that can be utilized in all aspects of a game. He’s willing to block shots, kill penalties and also has the knack for finding the back of the net,” comments Coach Herman.
The sophomore forward from Toronto, Canada has been playing hockey since he was 4 years old, crediting his father as his biggest hockey influence. We sat down with Noah to discuss his thoughts on his first season with the Miners.
Q: What are you looking forward to for the upcoming season? What are you most excited about?
A: I’m looking forward to the team this year and how we will gel as a team. I am excited to come back for my second year and play for UTEP. It’s truly a blessing to be playing again for UTEP and a blessing to see this team get bigger and more popular.
Q: What are your plans for the offseason?
A: I am working at the Alamo Drafthouse for the summer, working out, and hanging out with my girlfriend Ashley.
Q: What are you studying in school? Future plans?
A: I’m majoring in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice. I plan on going into the Criminal Justice world when I graduate and while in there, enrolling into Seminary school online to become a Pastor of a church as the end goal.
Q: What is your favorite part of playing at the El Paso County Events Center?
A: It is run by Canadians so it feels more like home.
Q: Who were you rooting for during the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs?
A: Toronto Maple Leafs.
Q: What is your favorite part of playing for the Miners?
A: I love to play for UTEP because the atmosphere is fun, we’ve got a great group of guys, and the team is unified. It’s been the best part of my college experience.