CORTLAND, N.Y. - This week's State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Q&A is with the Men's Ice Hockey Player of the Week, Nick DeVito (Terryville, Conn.).
DeVito led the men's hockey team to a 5-3 SUNYAC win over Potsdam Friday night, netting a combined five points behind three goals and two assists.
He collected his first assist of the night in the first period on the power play to even the score at one after the first, before assisting a second power play score 6:54 into the third to cut the deficit to one (3-2). Just over two minutes later his power play score pulled the Mustangs even at three with the hosts, before adding two more for the third period hat trick as he lifted Morrisville State to the come-from-behind SUNYAC win.
All three of his goals came over a seven minute span in the third, completing the hat trick performance.
Sport: Men's Ice Hockey
Which professional athlete do you have the most respect for?
- I have the most respect for Brian Boyle of the New Jersey Devils.
What's your competition day meal?
- In the morning, I normally have a breakfast sandwich on a bagel and before the game, I have some type of chicken with pasta.
What age did you start competing in your sport?
- I was skating at the age of 2 and competing at 6.
Do you have a hidden or special talent?
- I am a respectable Fortnite player.
What is your career goal post college?
- My career goal, post-college, is to be a financial analyst and maybe coach some youth teams.
What's on your music playlist?
- I have a lot of country, mixed with some techno and rap for pre-game.
Do you have any pre-competition rituals?
- For pre-game rituals, I tape my stick and leave it upside down so the new tape doesn't touch the ground and I am always the last one out of the locker room.
What's the best advice anyone has given you?
- The best advice I have ever received is "You never get a second chance to make a first impression."
What are your hobbies outside of your sport?
- I play a lot of golf and am big into video games.
What's your favorite memory since competing for your institution?
- My favorite memories here at Morrisville are continuing to play high-end, nationally-ranked teams on a nightly basis. Every year since my freshman year, we have been the underdog and have taken out one or more of those perennial teams and we, as a team, are looking forward to doing it again.