#18 * Junior
Assistant Captain - Men's Hockey
St. Paul, Minnesota
Q: Where did you grow up?
CP: I grew up in Shoreview, Minn.- it's a suburb of St. Paul.
Q: How old were you when you started skating?
CP: I started skating right after I began walking when I was two years old.
Q: How old were you when you starting playing hockey?
CP: I think I was five years old.
Q: What got you interested in hockey?
CP: It's always been a part of my family. Two of my uncles played professional hockey, my dad played for the Minnesota Gophers, and my brother played at St. Cloud State. We grew up with hockey all around us. When we were growing up, my dad was a referee in the WCHA. I have always wanted play hockey college hockey.
Q: What are your earliest memories of hockey?
CP: Actually, the earliest memories I have were just of me, my brother and my dad playing at the park. I think that was always the most fun for me. I always loved playing with my brother and looked up to him. It was never work for us, we would go to the park in the morning, stay until lunch, go home and eat and then go back and play some more.
Q: Who do you most admire in hockey?
CP: I have always admired Wayne Gretzky.
Q: Why Wayne Gretzky?
CP: Just watching him, he was so amazing. He wasn't your typical hockey player. He was 175 pounds, couldn't lift a fly, yet he was able to dominate the game. He found ways to be better than everybody else.
Q: If you were not here at Denver playing hockey, what would you be doing?
CP: I'd probably be going to school somewhere back in Minnesota.
Q: Do you think you could play another sport at the college level?
CP: I think I probably could have played tennis. I played one year in high school, it was my sophomore year. I just didn't love it enough to pursue it.
Q: What's your favorite TV show?
Q: What's your favorite movie?
CP: Good Will Hunting.
Q: Did you always grow up playing forward?
CP: Pretty much, except for last year when I played defense. When I was growing up in squirts I used to play defense because not a lot of the other guys could skate backwards and skating was one of my better attributes so they always put me back on "D." I didn't play a whole lot of defense, I would just get the puck and rush it up the ice. So basically last year was the only time I played defense. Center is now new to me, too.
Q: Why did you choose Denver?
CP: I always wanted to play in the WCHA. I had a lot of offers from eastern schools, but I had a couple offers from Mankato, North Dakota and here and this is the place that I felt I was most welcomed. Most of all, it's a great school.
Q: What do you think is the best thing about Denver?
CP: The closeness of the team. The classes are so small that everyone can know a lot of people on campus, but the hockey team has been my tight-knit group. Since I have been here it seems like the guys get along better and better each season.
Q: Is there something that you have done in your life that nobody thought you could do?
CP: I think a lot of people didn't think that I had the work ethic to play Division I hockey. Growing up I always had more talent than everybody and growing up through high school I could get away with just my talent without working work real hard. Then I went to juniors and was up and down, even my first two years here. In one game I would be real good and the next game I would be average. This year has been my year where I have proven to people that I could be a consistent player and work hard every night and it is showing up in the point totals and I am having more fun. I have learned to work hard and have fun at the same time.
Q: What CD is currently in your CD player?
Q: Do you have a prized possession?
CP: My grandma passed away a couple of years ago. My dad, my aunts and uncles were cleaning out her stuff and they found a bunch of old silver dollars and coins that she had saved. My dad made them into money clips for all the kids. So it is something that I always have with me.
Q: Do you have a nickname?