FRASER, Mich. – With the calendar soon flipping to 2016, the Metro Jets players recently took time to sit back and make their annual New Year’s resolutions.
WHAT ARE YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS?
“My New Year’s resolution is to play harder on the puck so that I have more opportunities to make plays to my teammates.” – forward Devin Kelly
“Come back after break and finish with a great second half of the season with the guys. Also learn to play an instrument.” – forward Spencer Graham
“Staying in shape and continuing a strong playoff push.” – forward Chas Distelrath
“Work harder on ice and off the ice. Try and get better every day.” – defenseman Robby Flannery
“To work hard and help this team win a Silver Cup.” – defenseman Jason Recchia
“To take better care of my body. I got sick too much in 2015.” – goaltender Austin Kane
“My New Year's resolutions are to win every mini-game in practice the rest of the year and then commit NCAA Division III.” – defenseman David Chavis II
“Resolution is to get 20 points and help the hockey club to win the Silver Cup this year.” – forward Jacob Gleason
"My New Year's resolution is to keep working hard and help our team to go far in the Silver Cup." – forward Mathias Tellstrom
“I want to focus more on my offensive positioning to help myself and my linemates to get even more high-quality chances.” – forward Graham Day
“My resolution is working harder on and off the ice every day to make myself and my team better to make us even more successful the second half of the year.” – forward Jacob Drinkard
“I would like to work towards bettering myself as a person and athlete.” – defenseman Noah Saad
“I think going into the New Year, my resolution is to not allow more than two goals in any game I play. That will give the boys a chance to win every night. As a team, I think our New Year’s resolution is a bit cliché, but it is to not lose another game. I believe we are capable of accomplishing this goal and will strive to achieve it.” – goaltender Kam Limburg
“My New Year’s resolutions are to improve on my work ethic on and off the ice. I want to come to the rink every day and get better, whether it's on ice with passing, stick handling, and shooting, or off the ice in the gym working out and building endurance or strength. Being my last year of juniors, the biggest resolution to me is to continue to help my team win games for the rest of the season, and to hopefully make playoffs for a run at the Silver Cup. I believe we have the talent and the depth to do some real damage the rest of the season.” – forward Michael Tratar
“To make a full recovery and get back to 100 percent.” – goaltender Trevor Kalinowski
“My New Year’s resolution is to improve my on-ice speed.” – defenseman Mark Vansaw, Jr.
“My resolution is to better my sportsmanship/attitude on the ice and off, to keep my head positive and ready for the next play. All around, to be better prepared mentally and continue improving my skills.” – defenseman Dylan Naumovski
“My New Year’s resolution is to work harder and be more consistent on and off the ice.” – defenseman Marc Schwartz
“To come back after a nice break and get back at it with the boys, and make sure we are prepared for the second half of the season.” – forward and captain Matt Dempsey
“To get my shoulder healed and get back on the ice with the boys.” – defenseman Collin Gamrat
“To find a new linemate to replace Michael Tratar.” – forward Kevin Shand
“I would say work on my classes more and make it to and win the Silver Cup.” – goaltender Jacob Gwillim
“I would say my New Year’s resolution would be to improve my shot because I haven't been scoring that much this year. And not to take as many penalties as I did the first half of the season.” – forward Cam Schwartz
“Just to staying in shape for the rest of the season, and to continue getting points in the standings through the rest of the season going into playoffs.” – forward Chase Sereno
“This year, my New Year’s resolutions are to keep working hard both on and off the ice along with in the classroom. Also as a team, to do what it takes to make another trip to the Silver Cup.” – forward Jason Newel
“I’d say my New Year’s resolutions are with hockey, trying to be more offensive and put up more points and in general, finish out strong in school and get my grades up before I'm off to play college hockey.” – defenseman Jacob Rutkoske
LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD
After running the table at the NA3HL Showcase in Blaine, Minn., two weeks ago with wins over the Alexandria Blizzard, Rochester Ice Hawks and Billings Bulls, the Jets (22-3-2) are now idle until playing on the road against the Pittsburgh Vengeance Jan. 9-10.
Metro’s next home game isn’t until Saturday, Jan. 23, against the Wooster Oilers for Heroes and Military Night. Military personnel and first responders will be admitted free to the game with valid ID and will be recognized in a pre-game presentation.
The Fraser Department of Public Safety will also take part in pre-game ceremonies.
The Jets players will also don special camouflage-style jerseys for the game and the Richards Middle School choir will also sing the national anthem.
The Metro-West Michigan Wolves game in Battle Creek that was postponed Friday, Dec. 4, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 27 in Battle Creek at 7 p.m.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Check out the Jets extensive list of alumni at all levels of hockey at THIS LINK.