MANKATO, Minnesota (KEYC) — In just two seasons at the No. 10 Minnesota State men’s hockey season, Clarkson transfer David Silye has a newfound leadership role within the team. The junior sat down with Mary Rominger to discuss his rise to the top.
Maria Rominger: David Sylie, when you scored your first career collegiate-level hat-trick it was against St. Thomas on Hockey Day Minnesota. Almost a year later, you’re doing the same thing against the same team. When you think about everything that happened for you between those two career moments, what has changed the most and where has your game grown the most?
David Silye: Yes, good question. It was a long journey. You think Hockey Day Minnesota was quite an event in itself and moving forward, the CCHA won that and the Mason Cup and that whole fairy tale story and then went to the Frozen Four and lost some kind of national championship game. I think the biggest thing for me was experience, learning the system and gaining confidence in our structure in the team, which allowed me to play and have a start that I’m happy with at the moment.
MR: Behind the scenes, what are some of the biggest differences from last year’s personalities on the team or just the level of talent to this year? It looks like this year will feel a little bit better as you get the level access you’re working towards when you only know the younger players who are leveling up like you and really needed to make a name for themselves by your sophomore year up to this junior year, right?
DS: Yes. I mean last year we had a lot of experience with a lot of guys who have proven themselves at the college level and guys who have had their backs and now it’s time for them to take a role and I think furball [Brendan Furry] takes a leadership role, Borchy [Cade Borchardt] It’s time for them to step into the limelight too. And like you said, our newbies do a great job when they come in. We have some great talent and we’re waiting to put it all together here and get going.
MR: Coach Hastings says your day to day work, the balance you have between academics and athletics is among the best he has ever seen as you continue to work towards your hockey success, what are your future goals down the line?
DS: I think playing at the highest level I can. It’s always been a dream since I was young and got my first NHL Calgary Flames jersey which I got for Christmas. I think that was always the goal and the reason why I fell in love with the sport. The coach really challenged me to show up and he challenges every day to just be pros and I kind of fell in love with that lifestyle of showing up at the rink, just doing your job and enjoying my free time somehow from the ice rink and it’s kind of a balance. Playing hockey is a pretty good living so hopefully just pull through and play while I can.
MR: Looking back on what was over a year ago when you transferred from Clarkson to the state of Minnesota, are you proud that you made the decision to swap green and gold for purple and gold?
DS: Absolutely. It’s been quite a journey from where I was a summer or two ago to where I am now. It’s definitely grateful for the opportunity the State of Minnesota has given me and for the support I’ve received since I’ve been here. So overall very satisfied.
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