BULLDOG SPOTLIGHT: WADE BERGMAN
Monday, October 15, 2012
Wade Bergman won't grab any headlines for his rock-steady work in the defensive zone, but that consistency has nevertheless earned him a whole lot of attention, praise and respect where it counts most -- on the ice and with the University of Minnesota Duluth coaching staff.
At the other end of the rink, the senior defenseman from Calgary, Alberta, has held has more than held his own, racking up seven goals and 28 assists for 35 points in 109 games while going a +26 -- the highest career plus-minus figure of any 2012-13 Bulldog.
Opponent Arena: Ralph Engelstad Arena (North Dakota)
Road Trip: Denver, Colo.
Professional Athlete: Nathan Gerbe
Professional Team: Calgary Flames and Calgary Stampeders
College Course: Business and Society/American Sign Language
Prized Possession: My red Dodge Dakota
Book (Author): Hockey Tough (Saul Miller)
Television Show: Workaholics
Actor/Actress: Owen Wilson/Jennifer Aniston
Movie: Dumb and Dumber
Singer/Group: The Beatles
Food: Ice Cream
Restaurant: Peter’s Drive Inn (Calgary, Alberta)
Video Game: Mario Kart
Vacation Spot: Detroit Lakes, Minn., during WE Fest
Web Site: www.hockeydb.com
Why I Chose UMD: I witnessed the atmosphere at the DECC after Cody Danberg scored the overtime goal against Mankato on my official visit and I was hooked.
First Played Competitive Hockey: Age 3
Hockey Strength/Weakness: My skating and vision/Breakaways
Game Day Ritual: I take a nap and eat a muffin.
Most Memorable Hockey Moment: Winning the 2011 NCAA national championship.
Best Player I’ve Ever Faced: Jack Connolly.
Pet Peeve: Morning people.
Biggest Fear: Drowning,
My First Job: Mowing lawns at age 10.
Person I’d Most Like to Meet: Dwayne Johnson (The Rock)
Why I Wear No. 28: Brian Rafalski wore it with the Detroit Red Wings.
What Most People Don’t Know About Me: I took figure skating lessons for four years.
Something I Never Leave Home Without: A water bottle.
If I Could Change One Thing About Myself: I’d be a few inches taller.
Sport I’d Like to Try Someday: Chess Boxing
Influences on My Athletic Career: My family and my coaches.
The Best Thing About College Hockey: Everything -- especially the UMD Student Section.
Advice to an Aspiring Young Athlete: “God gives you talent, but you perfect your skill”.
Post-UMD Plans: Play at the highest level possible.
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