10 questions with Jake Pence

10 questions with Jake Pence


10 questions with Jake Pence


Question: What’s your hockey background?

Answer: I played minor-pro for five years, East Coast, IHL and Central Hockey League. Division I at Umass-Lowell in Hockey East, junior hockey out in (the Eastern Junior Hockey League) then high school hockey out in Minnesota.

Q: Did you start playing when you were young while growing up in Minnesota?

A: Yeah, right from the get-go. Ponds and rivers.

Q: What’s your most memorable moment from hockey?

A: My first full year of pro, with the FortWayne Komets when we won a championship, then we doubled that up the following year, so that was awesome. Playing in front of 10,000 people, fans screaming at you, you’re out there doing the work, it was awesome.

Q: What teams did you play for?

A: Fort Wayne, Fresno Falcons in the East Coast Hockey League, Flint in the IHL, Dayton in the Central Hockey League and Evansville in the Central Hockey League.

Q: What was your favorite team you played for?

A: Fort Wayne was awesome. They pack it; you get 10,000 fans a game. It’s just tough to beat that.

Q: What do you miss most about playing?

A: The lifestyle. Not having anything to do in the afternoons. Just playing hockey for a job, getting paid for doing it.

Q: How did you get into coaching?

A: Coaching is something I’ve always wanted to do. I run camps in the summer time back in Minnesota. I’ve done private lessons and stuff all over the place. Coaching was one of the reasons I wanted to stop playing hockey at a young age and try and develop that.

Q: What are some of the challenges of coaching high school?

A: Some of the challenges are just not being able to give night and day to it. You have to go to school and work and stuff, too. The enjoyment is hanging out with the kids and teaching them hockey and life lessons, that’s awesome.

Q: Dream vacation?

A: That’s a good question. Maybe up to Alaska, Denali. Maybe do a fly-fishing/biking trip up there.

Q: What’s one sporting event you want to go to?

A: The Winter Olympics. I think would be awesome.


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