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CHN Talk Show: Marty Sertich

CHN Staff Report

Interviewer: CSTV Readers
Subject: CC forward Marty Sertich
Original source: CSTV.com

Peter (Springfield): How strong is the rivalry between CC and Denver, since you are the only major Hockey schools in Colorado — a state known for it's winter sports?

Marty Sertich: Both schools have been around for so long, the rivalry is huge. We play two series against each other every season and no matter where the games are, they are really intense.

Borsch (Lakesville): What is the toughest thing about playing college hockey? Balancing academics? Trevelling (since lots of big schools are on the East Coast)? etc

Marty Sertich: It is tough to balance everything. Our school is on the block plan, which means we take one class at a time for three and half weeks, so it is intense for those three and a half weeks, but you only have one class to manage. The professors are great at CC and work with us when we have to go on the road.

Terry (Blastport): What are your thoughts on the "outdoor hockey" phenomenon? Are you hoping this becomes more popular, since the stadiums can hold more fans? Or are you more of a naturalist looking for Hockey to stay in the ice rink?

Marty Sertich: I think it is great that they are doing that and wish I could be a part of it. I don't know if the weather would work for a game between CC and Denver at Invesco, but I'm sure that would be a lot of fun for all the fans in Colorado.

Ryan (Duluth): Did you ever consider playing for your uncle (Mike Sertich) at UMD or when he was coaching at MTU?

Marty Sertich: I actually grew up being a huge Bulldog fan - that was the only team I followed. Once I was going through the process of finding a school, my uncle was at Tech. I took a trip out there, but felt more comfortable at CC.

Jason (Madison, WI): Hi Marty. Having a few years of NCAA hockey under your belt, would you agree that the WCHA is the strongest conference in the country? What are your impressions of the Badgers after playing 2 series against them this season?

Marty Sertich: I think last year, the WCHA was the strongest league, judging by the four teams in the Frozen Four. This year, I think it is too hard to say. There are so many good teams all over the country, so I couldn't pick one league right now. As far as Wisconsin, I think they proved that, at this point, they are the best team in the country. They took it to us pretty good and have proven that so far.

Mark/Waynesboro VA: Why are you undrafted? Do you see yourself pursuing an NHL career?

Marty Sertich: I don't know why I wasn't drafted. But, as far as playing professionally, I don't know where I'm going to be playing next year, but I certainly plan on playing somewhere.

Dave(Colorado Springs): As our beloved tigers are trying to get that #2 spot back from UMN(WCHA standings), does your team realize how big of a weekend this is, and are you confident that you may be able to get a sweep?

Marty Sertich: I think that is everyone's goal every weekend. Playing the Gophers at home isn't easy - that is one of the toughest places to play in hockey. Hopefully we can respond and play better hockey than we did last weekend.

James (Ithaca): Would winning this year's Hobey Baker award mean even more to you than last years? It would be quite a feat to do it twice in a row.

Marty Sertich: If that were to happen, I don't think I could say that one would be bigger than the other. It is far off at this point, but obviously it would be quite an honor to be nominated again.

Tom (Denver): Hey Marty. Out of all the places you've played, which school has the most hostile arena to play in?

Marty Sertich: I would have to say Michigan Tech. It is an old building, they have a band at all the games that adds to the atmosphere. It is real loud there.

Daniel (Bangor): What's it like playing with Brett Sterling?

Marty Sertich: It is awesome playing with Brett. He is a natural goal scorer, so obviously it is fun to get him the puck and watch him do what he does best.

Mark (Buffalo): Who do you think is the favorite for the Hobey Baker Award this season? (besides yourself)

Marty Sertich: I think the goalie from Wisconsin, Elliott, is having a great season. Of course, Brett Sterling has great numbers. So, I would have to say those two guys at this point.

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