Published January 3rd – Postbulletin
Rochester defenseman Dylan Boysen, right, shown here playing pick-up hockey at the Rochester Recreation Center in December, is in his second season of skating for the Ice Hawks, who play in the North American Tier 3 Hockey League. Boysen is a Rochester Mayo graduate.
Rochester native Dylan Boysen is back for another season with the Rochester Ice Hawks, who compete in the North American Tier 3 Hockey League. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound defenseman has eight points and 50 penalty minutes in 26 games this season. Boysen, who is a Rochester Mayo graduate, is in his second full season with the Ice Hawks. Today he’s on the hot seat with the Sizzling Six:
1. You guys pushed North Iowa in a 4-3 loss over the weekend. That’s a team you couldn’t touch earlier in the season … do you think that game is a good indication that you guys are making progress?
BOYSEN: I would say so, especially adding on to the last two games of the showcase where I thought we played extremely well. We’ve definitely started to come into our own and are getting used to coach (Eric) Hofmann’s system and just the way he runs things.
2. You’re from town, so you’ve seen the Ice Hawks back in their days of domination. What will it take to get back to that level of glory in the new league?
BOYSEN: I couldn’t really tell you. Junior hockey changes quickly, and with all the options players have these days, it seems to be kind of unpredictable. I will say it’s not luck that has led the Ice Hawks to domination for so many years, and I have faith they will get back to that soon.
3. You had a stretch a few weeks ago where you scored six points in six games. Were you just feeling it or what was different about that stretch?
BOYSEN: I was just feeling it I guess. I’ve never been one to have a lot of points, but I spent the summer working on the offensive side of the game and it came out over a few games there. In the future, I’ll be looking to be more consistent.
4. Who’s the biggest comedian on this team?
BOYSEN: Well I wouldn’t really say he is a comedian, but Johnny Z. (Zwarych) has the most contagious laugh I’ve ever heard.
5. Who would you most like to fight and least like to fight of your current teammates (if they were wearing a different sweater, of course)?
BOYSEN: I would most like to fight (Alex) Tarr. He’s one of my best friends on the team, but he always seems to go out of his way to get under my skin. I would least like to fight (Austyn) Renn because we already fought last year when he was playing for The Flying Aces.
6. It’s been a rough few years wins and losses-wise, but have you still enjoyed your time in Rochester (why or why not)? And what are your plans for next year?
BOYSEN: I’ve definitely enjoyed it still, I just love playing hockey, and it’s been nice to live at home while doing it. Next year I plan on going to college.