Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Long & Winding Road

By any measurement, it's a long way from the beaches of Southern California to the campus of Penn State University. Roughly 2,500 road miles from there to here - about the same distance I traveled (twice by car and once on a motorcycle) from Toronto to So-Cal back in my younger days.

For freshman goalie P.J. Musico, that trip has been even longer. Over the past three seasons Musico has played in New Jersey in the EJHL, then halfway across country in Wichita Falls of the NAHL and finally north of the 49th parallel to Flin Flon, Manitoba (home of Flyers Hall of Famer Bobby Clarke) and a season in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

P.J. has joined Yorba Linda, CA native Taylor Holdstrom on this year's Icers roster. I spoke after Tuesday's practice with the well-traveled netminder about adjusting to classes and campus life, as well as the competition between himself, Tim Carr and Matt Madrazo.

Coach Guy checked in on the goalie competition, along with an early wake-up call for the troops and his trip with Joe Battista to Buffalo for the Sabres' first pre-season game.

Speaking of JoeBa, I also sat down today with the Assistant Athletic Director "for Hockey Stuff" in a wide ranging discussion about the year that has passed since the big day for Penn State hockey and his thoughts as the Icers head into their 41st and final season as a club team.

I'll be posting Joe's interview in three parts over the next few days.

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