Freshmen Spotlight: Tom Serratore

A lesser-known freshman with who will be joining the Gophers in 2010 is Tom Serratore.

Tom Serratore is a kid whose name may sound familiar to college hockey fans.

His father Frank Serratore is the head coach for the Air Force Academy and his uncle, Tom Serratore, is the head coach of WCHA newcomers, the Beavers of Bemidji State. Despite ties to other Division I programs, the young Serratore will play his home games at Mariucci Arena this season.

At 21 years old, Serratore is much older than his freshmen peers. His age should be looked at as a benefit rather than detriment.

Serratore has spent the last three seasons playing in the USHL, two years with the Sioux City Musketeers and last season with the Youngstown Phantoms.

His first two years in the USHL were not spectacular. He had only seven points in 2007-2008 and six points in 2008-2009.

Serratore had a much better season last year compiling a team-high 17 goals to go with 15 assists for 32 points in 58 games.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Serratore is a speedy, physical player who can bring a spark to the Gophers.

In an interview with American Junior Hockey, Youngstown coach, Curt Carr said, "They're [Minnesota] a very skilled hockey team and he'll bring his speed, grit and determination to their lineup. He has a lot more skill than people give him credit for."

"They're [the Gophers coaches] looking for me to be a hard-working player and finish my checks," Serratore said in an interview with the USHL.

Serratore's combination of experience, speed, hard work and physicality could give the Gophers the spark they so desperately needed last season.

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