Monday, September 14, 2009

Player Profile: Trey Rasmussen and Pat Thornton

Trey Rasmussen
6'1" 185lbs West Tisbury, MA

Pat Thornton
6'0" 190lbs Dublin, CA

Bridgton Academy: How did you hear about Bridgton Academy?
Trey Rasmussen:
My high school hockey coach knew about Bridgton and took me and Tad Gold for a visit, and we were both sold on it.
Pat Thornton: I had just finished my season with the Tri-Valley Blue Devils (CA), and Coach Meserve called me up, told me about the program, I wasn’t sure what I was going to be doing this fall anyways, so I decided to come.

BA: What do you hope to get out of this year at BA- both academically, and athletically?
I want to improve my study habits, so when I get to college I will be able to succeed in the classroom. I also want to get ready for college hockey whether it’s D-I or D-III.
PT: I want to get my SAT scores up, as well as my grades so that I can get into a better college and play hockey at the highest level.

BA: Who is your biggest role model?
My high school hockey coach, Matt Mincone. He introduced me to BA and he was always giving me advice both on and off the ice throughout high school.
PT: My biggest role model would be my Peewee hockey coach, Bill Davis. He was the one who really pushed me and instilled in me a work ethic.

BA: Where do you see yourself in five years?
I will have finished my undergraduate studies and be in grad school, or I will have a steady job in carpentry/ construction. Or I may take a year and travel the US.
PT: If I am not still playing hockey, I hope to be coaching. Helping younger generations get better and work harder.

BA: What does it mean to be a Wolverine?
It means you are part of a group who strive to achieve one common goal.
PT: I think it means be a better person. Know that there is always more you can do, never settle for what you are now.

BA: What are you most looking forward to this year?
I’m looking forward to the Lake Placid showcase tournament. I hope to develop some hockey connections through Coach Lounsbury and Coach Meserve.
PT: I’m also looking forward to the Lake Placid tournament. I have never been to Placid before, but heard a lot about it.

BA: What is your favorite class you are taking right now?
College prep English with Mr. Meserve, and American West History with Mr. Carr.
PT: World War II with Mr. Inzer.

BA: What is your least favorite class?
Anatomy and Physiology because there is so much content and I’m also not a science guy.
PT: CAP English with Mr. Goepel.

BA: What is your favorite team and who is your favorite player?
The Boston Bruins and Pavel Datsyuk.
PT: Easy, San Jose Sharks, and Jerome Iginla.

BA: Do you have any siblings involved in sports?
No, my brothers are not.
PT: No siblings, but my cousin Chris Beville plays soccer at UC Davis.

BA: What is your favorite sports memory that you have been involved in?
Last year in the Martha’s Vineyard Annual Hockey Tournament, in the first round we were playing Hanover, and my slap shot deflected in for the game winner. We then went on to win the championship. We were the first MV team to win the tournament in 12 years.
PT: Last year, the whole season. I was playing for the Tri-Valley Blue Devils, it’s a AA team, I was a captain and our team made it to the national quarter finals. It was our teams first year, and the first time a team from Northern California has gone to nationals.

BA: What is your favorite sports memory that you have not been a part of?
Game seven of the ALCS in ’03 when Aaron Boone hit that walk off homerun.
PT: When Michael Jordan hit the buzzer beater in the ’97 NBA finals.

BA: Do you have any pregame rituals?
Nothing too out of the ordinary, I always put my left skate on first, then my right. I listen to music and try to relax before games.
PT: I put all my left gear on first, left shin guard, then right shin guard, left skate, then right skate. I have someone else tape my stick and I always eat sour Skittles before the game.

BA: Why did you choose to come to Bridgton and not go to college?
I was not the best student, so I wanted to make sure I was prepared and it would be worth my parents’ time and money to send me to college.
PT: Well I’ve already been to a community college, but I wanted to get better grades so that I could go to a better college and play hockey there.

BA: Which colleges have you looked at/ are you interested in?
Northeastern is my reach school, but I want to stay in New England or the North East and be able to play hockey.
PT: It has always been my dream to play for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. San Diego St. has a club hockey team, or I would play at a D-III around here.

BA: What do you listen to for music?
Hip-hop, like Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Tupac. Before games I listen to modern rock like Nickleback and sometimes AC/DC.
PT: Eminem – “Fight Music”; 50 Cent – “If I Can’t Do It”; Lil’ Wayne – “I’m Still Fly”; Roy Jones Jr. – “Can’t Be Touched”

BA: Do you have any other hobbies or interesting facts about yourself?
I’m an avid video game player and I’ve been known to be the best on Martha’s Vineyard in Call of Duty.
PT: I read a lot, and swim whenever I can. I used to be on a swim team, and hold a club record from when I was six years old, in the 25 yard.

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