Das heutige Interview führten wir mit unserem neuen Goalie Jeff Jakaitis.

Jeff begann seine Karriere bei den Waterloo Black Hawks in der USHL und wechselte dann auf die Lake Superior State University.

In der East Coast Hockey League entzückte er die Fans der Columbia Inferno und letzthin der Charlotte Checkers mit seinen Glanzparaden. Diese bescherten ihm sogar einen Einsatz in der AHL mit den Portland Pirates. Bei Charlotte spielte er zusammen mit dem Neu-Rittner Mike Bayrack.

Jakaitis gilt als spektakulärer Goalie mit Potenzial zum Publikumsliebling. Er hatte in den vergangenen 7 Jahren stets eine Fangquote über 90% und die Pusterer Fans hoffen mit ihm den richtigen Goalie für die kommende Saison gefunden zu haben.

Gerne hat uns Jeff einige Fragen beantwortet…

Jakaitis signs with Wolves

HI JEFF, HOW DID YOU GET IN CONTACT WITH THE HC RED ORANGE PUSTERTAL AND WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO PLAY FOR OUR TEAM?

Originally I was contacted by an agent who informed me that there was interest from the team.  He then worked with my agent to finalize a contract.  In the mean time I spoke with players who have played in Italy in the past and researched the city and surrounding area.  All the information I found was very positive and I’m really looking forward to experiencing the city and culture.


WHAT DID YOU HEAR ABOUT ITALIAN ICEHOCKEY AND ESPECIALLY ABOUT OUR TEAM?

I have played with a few players in the past who have played in Italy and all spoke very highly of the level of play.  Also I have heard great things about the city of Brunico and the passion the fans have for the game.

DO YOU KNOW SOME PLAYERS THAT PLAY OR PLAYED IN ITALY?

I have played with a few players the over last two seasons who have spent some time playing in Italy including Brad Ralph, Owen Fussey, and Dan Sparre.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE YOUR STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES (in HOCKEY!)?

I think there are a lot of areas in my game which can use improvement. Playing the puck is probably my biggest challenge and is a constant work in progress.  I think the strongest part of my game and biggest key to success is effort.
WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST SUCCESS IN HOCKEY?
I would say probably making it to the CCHA Final Four in college. When we went it was the first time our team had made it in ten years and we were a pretty low seed going into the playoffs.

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