Commitment Q&A with UConn's Stephen Thulin
by Mike McMahon/Staff Writer
The latest in our Commitment Q&A series is UConn goalie recruit Stephen Thulin who committed to the Huskies earlier this month. The North Reading, Mass. native has been playing with the Connecticut Yankees of the USPHL this season.
CHN: What made UConn the place for you over some other schools you were looking at?
Thulin: "I knew that UConn was the place for me over the other schools I was interested in because of the positive coaches, beautiful campus, and where the hockey program is headed. I really liked the thought of being a part of the inaugural Hockey East season for UConn."
CHN: How would you describe your style? Is there an NHL goalie you try to model your game after?
Thulin: "I would describe my style as a hybrid goaltender, which is a combination of butterly and standing saves. I usually rely on my technique and size to make saves while depending on my skating and athleticism to bail me out. I try to model my game after two NHL goalies, Jonathan Quick and Tuukka Rask. I admire Quick’s athleticism and his compete level and I really enjoy watching Rask’s technique and skating ability."
CHN: Had you taken visits at any other schools?
Thulin: "I had taken multiple visits to other schools but nothing compared to UConn. I really fell in love with the campus and the fact that they are building a new rink is a huge plus."
CHN: A lot of goalies I've talked to always have an interesting story on how they became a goalie. How did you decide to become a goaltender?
Thulin: "When I was three I first started skating and became a defenseman as soon as I could join a team. As soon as I turned twelve, I played in my first game as a goalie. The only goalie on my travel team was sick and so they needed someone to fill in. I always thought the equipment looked cool and so I strapped on the pads. I kept nagging my parents to buy me my own set of pads and they finally gave in. In order to make up for my late start as a goalie, I started to take goalie lessons and kept working hard. All of the lessons and the many years of junior hockey paid off."
CHN: I'm sure you're excited about being part of a building program like UConn, especially as it enters Hockey East. Was that a big factor in your decision? To be a part of the teams that build the program's Hockey East foundation?
Thulin: "It was definitely a big factor in my decision when I was talking to some ECAC schools and a few Hockey East schools, but from the time I started hockey I wanted to play in Hockey East. I grew up attending Hockey East games and loved the atmosphere. I am very excited for the challenge of being a first-year Hockey East program and competing with the best college players in the country."