There will be a lot of new faces in the Sioux locker room next season, so this summer and fall, I will try to post some information on each recruit. I recently wrote stories about the commitments of defenseman Dan Senkbeil and forward Michael Di Puma — and will soon go into depth with possible first-round picks Rocco Grimaldi and J.T. Miller.
Others, I will try to post some short Q&As, and we will start with Missouri native Mike Parks, who recently completed his season with the Cedar Rapids Roughriders in the USHL. Parks scored 25 goals and had 42 points in 56 games.
Talk about your season with Cedar Rapids. How did it go?
PARKS: We had a disappointing end to our season (losing in semifinals). We wanted it to go a little longer than it did. It was a good year, though. My team won the Anderson Cup (best team in regular season). That was a really cool thing to win. We worked reallyÂ hard to win that.
From the outside, it appeared that your team’s depth was the strength. Was that so?
PARKS: Yeah, we had a lot of depth. We had four good lines up front and we had really solid goaltending.
When you are onÂ your game, what type of player would you say you are? What should Sioux fans expect to see?
PARKS: I’d probably say a two-way forward. I like to contribute offensively and defensively as well. I played on the power play and on the penalty kill this past year. I’ve really been working on being an all-around player and I hope I can bring that to the Sioux.
I noticed you went from No. 61 to No. 16 last year. Any reason for the change?
PARKS: Yeah, our team decided we were going to go with traditional numbers — under 35. So, I just flipped them.
Did you get a chance to see any Sioux games last year?
PARKS: I didn’t get a chance to watch too many games, but I’d watch the highlights on the blog and things like that. Occasionally, I’d see a game on repeat on Sunday on Fox College Sports. So, I did get to see them every once in a while.
The Sioux are losing a lot of forwards from last year’s team. Does that open your eyes to the possibility of more ice time?
PARKS: Yeah, when you see a couple guys signing and going pro early, it means more opportunity for everyone. It’s a little more motivation for the possibility of more ice time.
When do you plan on arriving on campus?
PARKS: I’ll be up there for three weeks in the summer starting in July. I think a lot of the freshmen are coming then.
When is the last time you’ve been in Grand Forks?
PARKS: It has been a while. Probably January 2009.