Q&A Bulldog Spotlight: Getting to Know Adrian College Senior Standouts on ACHA Hockey Division 1 Teams

Q&A Bulldog Spotlight: Getting to Know Adrian College Senior Standouts on ACHA Hockey Division 1 Teams

ADRIAN, Mich.--Every Wednesday, the Adrian College Athletic Communications Office will unveil a Q&A format interview with a student-athlete(s) from one of the Bulldogs' 40 intercollegiate athletics programs for a new series, Bulldog Spotlight: Getting to Know..." This edition features representatives from the Adrian's American Collegiate Hockey Association Division 1 women's and men's hockey teams:

Paige Fuoco l Senior l Corunna, Ontario / Chatham Outlaws l Marketing major

Q: Why did you choose to come to Adrian College?
A: "I came to AC to play hockey and get a great education."

Q: What are your pre-game rituals?
A: "I have three to be specific: First, my roommates and I sing our own rendition of "Magic" by the Treblemakers. Second, I put my contacts in with my best friend Jessica Fabbro (right eye first). Third, I take either a green apple or a pear, place the sticker in Alison Dungey's goalie pads, start eating it, have Kaillie Hardy rip the stem out, and have Jessica take a bite."

Q: How do you handle the demands of being a student and athlete at the same time?
A: "It takes a lot of time management. Each week I plan out my homework and try to get it finished by the weekend so I can focus on hockey. I also take time to relax and have a little 'me time' to reduce any stress that comes my way."

Q: What does being a student-athlete at the College level mean to you?
A: "I couldn't have asked for a better experience. All my life I dreamed about playing hockey at the college level, and thanks to AC that dream came true."

Q: What is your best Adrian sports memory?
A: "Being named captain of my team. I love being in a leadership role, especially at hockey, so being named captain was a true honor and a memory I'll never forget."

Q: What have been the keys to your team's success that includes one of the best ACHA records in Division 1 and a high national ranking?
A: "In my opinion, the keys to our success are hard work on and off the ice, positive attitudes, and dedication. Each and every one of us comes to practice or workouts with a winner's mindset. We see our end goal of a national championship and continue to work our butts off until we get it."

Q: What expectations does the program have for the postseason?
A: "Well, now that we've taken the league title, we need to win ourselves a playoff championship and finish with a national championship. After that we'll start putting in the work for next year, both on and off the ice."

Q: What does being a senior team captain mean to you?
A: "I truly couldn't have asked for anything more and am honored to have led this team for the past two years. My teammates have both helped and challenged me to grow into a strong leader, and I am grateful for it everyday."

Q: What do you like the most about the Adrian campus?
A: "Having a short walking distance is extremely convenient, mostly because of the Michigan weather conditions. That being said, our campus is beautiful, especially when all the trees are lit up at Christmas."

Q: What's the best advice (and from who?) that anyone has given you?
A: "'Just relax'- Literally every coach I've ever had (has said that)."

Q: If you could meet a celebrity, who would it be and what would you ask s/he?
A: "If I could meet any celebrity I would choose to meet Lea Michele. I would probably ask what the odds of us becoming best friends were, and then ask if we could sing together... preferably in New York City." 

Q: What does being a Bulldog mean to you?
A: "Being a Bulldog means waking up everyday and committing to excellence. Being a Bulldog has taught me to stay dedicated to my team and my school work, and put 110 percent effort in everything I do."

Q: If you could visit a place that you've never been, where is it and why?
A: "My first choice would be to visit Europe. I've always wanted to visit my relatives in Italy and travel the European countries. I think that the more you travel, the more you develop an appreciation for home. Europe is beautiful and would love the opportunity to experience a different way of living."

Q: What are your plans after graduation?
A: "I am hoping to stay in the United States for a few years and work in marketing. Eventually I'd like to move back home to Canada, but for now my heart is in the States."

Q: What's the most embarrassing song on your IPod/recording device? And why did you download??
A: "Honestly, probably Gangnam Style (by Psy). I absolutely despise the song. I downloaded it in hopes that if I listened to it more I'd start to like it. That didn't work."

Nikolas Sakellaropoulos l Senior l Tinley Park, Ill. / Peoria Mustangs (NA3HL) l Accounting major

Q: Why did you choose to come to Adrian College?
A: "I picked Adrian College because they recruited me for hockey. When I saw the campus for the first time, I fell in love with the school and knew this was the right choice."

Q: What are your pre-game rituals?
A: “Some of my pre-game rituals involve going to Country Skillet in the morning with my roommates. When we get back I usually take a nap and then play some NHL '17 until it’s time to go to the rink. Once I get to the rink I always take a pregame shower, tape up my hockey sticks and play sewer ball with the boys. I don’t really consider these rituals but more of a preparation that gets me ready for a game."

Q: How do you handle the demands of being a student and athlete at the same time?
A: "I feel like the best way to handle the demands is by balancing everything out as best as possible. Finding a routine each day that gives you enough time to study for school, while also doing what you can to be mentally and physically prepared each day for hockey."

Q: What does being a student-athlete at the College level mean to you?
A: "It means everything to me. I’ve been working my whole life to be able to go to college and to be able to play a competitive sport like hockey for a few extra years while I’m here makes it that much better."

Q: What is your best Adrian sports memory?
A: "During my freshman and sophomore year winning the league championship and the league Playoffs. Hopefully, we are able to accomplish that again this year and more."

Q: What have been the keys to your team's success that includes one of the best ACHA records in Division 1 and a high national ranking?
A: "The keys to our team success is everyone is willing to buy into one common goal and that is winning. Anything other than winning isn't acceptable. So day-in and day-out we work as hard as we can, whether that is in the gym doing a team spin or watching film. No matter what we do we do it as hard as we can and I think that has translated into the team’s success on and off the ice."

Q: What expectations does the program have for the postseason?
A: "We have really high expectations for the postseason. We truly think as long as we keep committing to excellence and keep working hard we should make deep runs in both league playoffs and Nationals."

Q: What do you like the most about the Adrian campus?
A: "The campus in general is one of the nicest ones I've ever seen. They put a lot of time and effort into making this campus look nice and it shows. Besides the campus the ice rink has to be my favorite place on campus. I’ve played at many rinks over the years and there is not one single rink that is as nice as ours. I am truly thankful to have the Arrington Ice Arena."

Q: What's the best advice (and from who?) that anyone has given you?
A: "The best advice I've ever received is from former teammates just telling me to enjoy hockey and school. Never take it for granted because it won't always be there and eventually it will end so enjoy it while it lasts. Work as hard as you can and give everything you have because when you're done, you don’t want to look back on it and say I could have worked harder on the ice or in the library."

Q: What does being a Bulldog mean to you?
A: "Being a Bulldog means everything to me. To be able to wear an Adrian College jersey and represent my school is an honor. That is why I try to be the best student athlete that I can be. Whether that is in the classroom or on the ice, Adrian College and the faculty here have taught me to always do your best. So to me to be a Bulldog means to give 100 percent every day no matter what. To be the best that I can be and work as hard as I can and it should translate to success."

Q: If you could visit a place that you've never been, where is it and why?
A: "I would love to visit Greece. I've heard only good things about how beautiful and nice it is, so for me to be able to visit and see all the history and culture of my family would be an unreal experience."

Q: What are your plans after graduation?
A: "To get my master's degree in accounting and then eventually getting my CPA."

Q: What's the most embarrassing song on your IPod/recording device? And why did you download??
A: "I don’t think any of my music is embarrassing but if I had to pick a song it would be Blank Space by Taylor Swift. There is just something about that song that when it comes on it just makes you want to sing along."

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