Hockey: Catching Up With Danny Fardig

U.S. National Team Developmental Program forward and Michigan hockey commitment <b>Danny Fardig</b> recently netted his first goal at Yost Ice Arena in a 6-5 exhibition loss against his future teammates. GoBlueWolverine Magazine recently caught up with Fardig to talk about his game, among other things.

Last Saturday, Danny Fardig scored what is hopefully the first of many goals inside Yost Ice Arena when he beat Noah Ruden only 23 seconds into the Wolverines exhibition contest against the U.S. National Team Developmental Program. We sat down with the 5-foot-11, 191-pound forward to catch up on his recruitment, what he plans to study in school, and to talk about how he views himself as a hockey player.

Which schools were recruiting you before you committed to Michigan?

"Not many, just Northern Michigan and Lake (Superior) State. Just small schools that I wasn't really that interested in, I didn't really have any interest besides Michigan since I was born. My dad played there and my uncle played there so I always wanted to go to Michigan."

What would you say are your strengths as a player?

"Probably my work ethic and my ice vision, I can see the game pretty well and I know the game pretty well. I'm not a skill guy by any means, I work for everything I get and that's the way it's got to be for me. I can't go out and dangle anybody so it has got to be hard work and grinder type goals if I get any."

What NHL player would you say your game resembles?

"Maybe a slow Kris Draper you could call me. I'm not really flashy. I play a simple game and I just try and get the job done for whatever I can, I'm not out there to score 100 goals a season or anything."

When did you know that Michigan was where you should play your college hockey?

"Yeah, definitely, my dad has kind of brought me up on that. I was born pretty much in a Michigan hockey jersey so that's where I've always wanted to go. I've always wanted to go to Michigan and when the opportunity came up there were no second thoughts for me."

Have you decided what you want to study yet?

"I definitely want to get into business."

Did you take an official visit?

"I haven't taken an official visit because I've always lived in Ann Arbor."

Did you officially visit either Northern Michigan or Lake Superior?

"No, I didn't visit any of them."

Have you had the opportunity to skate with any of your future teammates before last Saturday's exhibition?

"I played with Kevin Porter and Chad Kolarik last year on the U.S. team. Not really, I don't remember really skating with any of those guys really except with USA."

What has been your favorite part about the U.S. NTDP experience?

"I like the training. It's tough but I like the training everyday and being with your teammate's everyday, really becoming a group, that's a lot of fun to me. The travel is obviously a plus as well; you go all over the world. It's been a great two years, that's why I decided to stay. There's no program like it really and I had a great time and I'm still trying to finish out this last part of the season pretty strong."

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