A busy offseason for Union defenseman Gostisbehere (with videos)
It was a very busy offseason for Union sophomore defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere.
From getting picked in the NHL draft, to trying out for the United States World Junior team to getting prepared for the college hockey season, it seemed like Gostisbehere had no time off over the summer.
But Gostisbehere is ready to for his second season with the Dutchmen. The excitement of the summer is well behind him.
The ECAC Hockey-champion Dutchmen open their 22nd NCAA Division I season Saturday at 7 p.m. when they host Merrimack of Hockey East at Messa Rink.
“It’s been a big whirlwind,” Gostisbehere said at Union hockey media day Monday at Messa Rink. “It was a great summer with everything going on with me, with the USA [team] and the draft. It’s awesome, but it’s time for Union College hockey now and forget about [the summer]. That’s in the past. It happened, and it was great, but it’s time to get going Saturday.”
Gostisbehere was selected in the third round by the Philadelphia Flyers in the June draft. He then played in the U.S. National Development Camp in Lake Placid in August, and has an excellent chance at making the U.S. team for the World Junior Championships Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Russia.
Gostisbehere did take some time off to relax, so he isn’t concerned about overwork.
“I took one week off and went home to Florida,” Gostisbehere said. “That was about it, and then got back to it and came here. I don’t burn out. I’ll be fine.”
To see more of my interview with Gostisbehere and Union coach Rick Bennett, click here.
To see some of the happenings at media day, click here.