Air Force likes to have defensemen who can also be offensemen, and junior Matt Koch is a good example of that.
Koch has been among the team’s scoring leaders all season after putting up 18 points (five goals) in 2016-17. His offensive flair is nothing new – he was the North American Hockey League Defenseman of the Year in 2014-15 after a 51-point campaign.
The good-natured Koch took time recently to fire away some one-timers after some sweet feeds from The Flight Path.
Did you have any family in the military?
Way back, yeah.
What was the draw of attending a service academy?
For me it was more about the hockey and the school. (It was) getting a full ride and getting an education. … I just accepted that (the military) would be part of it.
Do you remember what your first piece of gear was?
Probably a stick. I think I had a mini plastic golf club that I used as a stick.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Don’t take anything for granted. Just live every day like it’s your last.
What is the breakfast of champions?
I like a couple of over-easy eggs and a couple of pieces of toast and some oatmeal.
Do you have a favorite road trip in the conference or out of the conference?
I guess last year when we went to New York City for New Year’s Eve and then beat Sacred Heart was probably my favorite road trip.
Is there a comedian on the team?
Probably Brady Tomlak. He’s a pretty funny dude. He keeps it light.
Are you particular about any of your gear?
Yeah, I’m OCD about a lot of my stuff. I always go right to left for the most part, except for elbow pads, I go left to right. I do a lot of different things, a lot of rituals.
So basically everyone better stay away from your locker.
Well, I don’t mind if you touch my stuff. I’m not like Bill (Christopoulos), where if you touch his pads he’s going to kill you. I just like to do certain things in a certain order.
Did you have a favorite player growing up?
Probably (the Ottawa Senators’) Erik Karlsson, a really skilled defenseman.
What is your major?
Operations research, analytics, statistics. I think sports statistics would be awesome (to go into) some day.
If coach Serratore was a superhero, which one would he be?
What are you most thankful for?
I’m most thankful to be where I’m at. My family put me in a really good spot. I’m thankful for the coaches and the players especially, getting to come (to the rink) and hang out with them every day. It’s awesome.
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