It has been a while since I did an interview blog post. Today’s guest is the first goalie I encountered in my coaching career, Marcus Gloss. Marcus has come a long way since his PeeWee days in many facets. His hard work and dedication have garnered him recognition at the high school and Junior A level.
Marcus was born and raised in Houghton, Michigan. He stared playing hockey and skating when he was 4 years old. He currently plays for the Comox Valley Glacier Kings in the VIJHL. The VIJHL is located on Vancouver Island in the Canadian province of British Columbia.
Mike Lowery: How and Why did you start playing hockey?
Marcus Gloss: When I was little I had an older friend that played and I wanted to be just like him. He was a goalie so I naturally wanted to be a goalie as well.
ML: What are the biggest challenges you currently face with your career in hockey?
MG: Adjusting to the new situations that I’m placed in. I’ve moved around quite a lot for my first season of Junior hockey. I’m currently on my 3rd team. No matter where you go, the job stays the same, stop the puck, so that’s made it a little easier.
ML: What are some of your biggest accomplishments to date?
MG: My biggest accomplishment so far would have to be leading the Houghton Gremlins (Michigan High School) to the State Championship game my Senior year. I was also the NA3HL November (2015) goalie of the month.
ML: What are your future goals in the game of hockey?
MG: My dream and long term goal is to play D1 college hockey. My short term goal is just to keep progressing and moving up in leagues and play the best hockey that I can!
ML: What do you like to do in your spare time?
MG: In my spare time I enjoy working out, spending time with friends and fishing.
ML: Who and what have been your biggest influences to get you to this point in your career?
MG: There has been many people who have influenced my journey so far, but the one that stands out to me the most would be my high school coaches. They made me realize I may be able to go somewhere with hockey and pushed me to be my best.
ML: If you could change anything about your career up until this point, what would you change?
MG: I’m not sure that I would change anything, I’m happy where I am, and have enjoyed the path I have been on thus far.
ML: Can you provide me with some advice to share for prospective players hoping to play Junior Hockey?
MG: Always give everything you have, you have no idea what shift/game will be your last. You never know who is watching therefore you have to always play to the best of your ability. I also believe that while you are on your journey you should educate yourself and learn as much as possible about yourself, the game and life.
ML: What does your in season training and off-season training consist of?
MG: In season training is a little bit lighter, typical 3-4 days a week focusing on a lot of injury prevention and cardio. Off-season training is very high intensity and occurs 4-5 days a week. The goal of the off-season training is to get stronger and better prepared for the upcoming season.
ML: What are some of the best things you have been taught or learned about the game?
MG: I have learned a lot about the game, but the best thing I have learned is to have trust in your defense.
ML: What are some of the best things you have been taught or learned that you can use outside of the game?
MG: I think the most important thing that I have learned that I can use outside of the game would be to be a team player; build relationships and never burn bridges.
ML: What is life like playing in the NA3HL?
MG: Life in the NA3 is not the greatest. There is the problem of players that don’t want to be there and then they don’t play hard. Considering hockey is a team sport, these players usually aren’t team players and makes It more difficult for the players that are trying to develop their skills.
ML: What are your future goals outside of hockey?
MG: I would like to attend college, attain a degree and become a police officer.
Favorite Five: Pregame Meal?/Player of All-Time?/Pro Hockey
Team?/Hockey Memory?/Place to play? Jeff Jeps pasta dish, Johnny Quick, Detroit Red Wings, State Championship game, and my favorite place to play is by far the Dee Stadium
Thank you Marcus for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do this interview. Good luck with the remainder of your season and I hope you achieve all of your goals. It has been a pleasure seeing you grow and mature through the years. I wish you the best.