FRASER, Mich. – In one sense, Mark Vansaw, Jr. will be experiencing a homecoming this fall with the Metro Jets.
Vansaw played in the NA3HL two seasons ago for the Flint Jr. Generals and saw firsthand how the Jets played and were coached by Justin Quenneville.
After skating on the Michigan Warriors 18U AAA blue line last season (pictured), Vansaw signed a tender agreement with the Jets earlier this offseason and has every aspiration to be in Jets colors for the 2015-16 season at Fraser Hockeyland.
“Coach Q saw me play when I played for Flint and I kept in touch and skated with the team a couple times during this past season,” said Vansaw, an 18-year-old Grand Blanc, Mich., native. “Metro was just the right place for me to be. After playing against Coach Q and Metro, it was very easy to see that Coach knows exactly what he is talking about. He is very smart when it comes to adjusting his coaching style to adapt to the opposition. The NA3 is a great league for exposure to the next level.”
“Several teams in the league had showed interest in him and we are glad he chose us,” added Quenneville. “We had the opportunity to get Mark out on the ice this season in practice and he noticeably fit in immediately. Having played a year in the league helped him and his tangibles transitioned with our team easily. He is a smart player who makes good plays and keeps it simple. He will be an important piece to the puzzle this fall and I look forward to working with him.”
Vansaw added that his one season in the NA3HL helped boost his confidence and helped him make better decisions on the ice, in addition to gaining foot speed.
“I feel my strengths are my on-ice vision and my passing abilities,” explained Vansaw. “I would call myself a first-pass defenseman. Moving the puck up the ice quick and making tape-to-tape passes is something I pride myself on.”
Having a solid showing at this weekend’s tryout camp at Fraser Hockeyland will hopefully be the start of what Vansaw hopes is a successful season that lies ahead.
“I feel as if it will be a fresh start for the team (with new ownership) and an even better chance at winning the Silver Cup,” Vansaw said. “My goal is to keep getting better, improve my skill set and as a team, to win the Silver Cup.”
More information on this weekend’s tryout camp can be found HERE.