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LSSU sophomore Dan Eves is the youngest player on a veteran hockey team
Feb. 13, 2006
By LINDSEY MECHALIK, LSSU Sports Information Student Intern
Most of the nation's college hockey players spend a few years playing juniors before entering the college ranks. Sophomore forward Dan Eves is one of the few who began his college career the fall after graduating from high school. Even as a sophomore, he is Lake Superior State's second-youngest player.
"Playing college hockey right after I graduated high school was one of my goals," Eves said. "I didn't want to be behind the kids I grew up with. I played one year of midget major, and one year of juniors before I came to college. It has been different being a lot younger than some of the guys. All of the freshman are older than me accept one, and some of next year's freshman will still be older than me. But, I am glad that I started college hockey when I did. I take pride in coming in as a true freshman."
Before playing at Lake State, Eves played at year of juniors for the Texarkana Bandits. The Lake Orion, Mich., native spent his senior year of high school in Texas.
"The weather was definitely a lot different down in Texas," Eves said. "It was really weird going to games in our suits when it was in the 90s. Hockey was the same down there are it is here, although our rink was an actual barn where they had rodeos and things like that."
Eves and his teammates have enjoyed a lot of memorable moments already this season, on and off the ice. Before beginning the season, the entire team went downstate to spend a weekend at the Eves' family cottage.
"Two weeks after beginning school all 29 guys came down to my family cabin which is on a lake," Eves said. "It was a great way for all of us to get to know each other and bond with our new teammates. We had three tents set up in the yard. My mom did all of the cooking. She was very well prepared for how much we could eat. We had two pontoon boats and my speed boat. We all went tubing and set up a volleyball net on the sand bar. We also played baseball, football, and Frisbee.
"The funniest moment was when Jason Miller thought he had caught a huge fish out of the canal. But instead, it was really a lawn chair. (Josh) Sim and (Marty) Gurnoe also kept us entertained by having a dance-off by the campfire. We want to try and make this a yearly event."
Another off-ice highlight for the team came during a break in the schedule.
"Seventeen of the guys went down to Detroit to see a Red Wings game during an off weekend," Eves said. "It was really awesome to experience that with our team. The first night, 10 of the guys stayed at my house. It was really nice to have a small break in the season."
On the ice, Eves' highlighted a series in November.
"My highlight this season was when we first swept Western," Eves said. "It was the first big moment of the season for us. We set that as a goal and accomplished it. It was probably my best moment since becoming a Laker."
Eves has one sister, Shelly, who is attending Central Michigan University. His parents, Mike and Sue, along with his sister have been very supportive of his hockey career. Mike Eves, who is the president of a trucking company, played hockey for the Junior Red Wings.
"I started skating when I was around three years old," Eves said. "I started playing organized hockey around the age of six. I grew up playing hockey and baseball. I played one year of football in high school. Playing more than one sport was just too much so I had to make a decision. After that, I started playing just hockey."
Eves is majoring in business at Lake Superior State. After he finishes his hockey career he hopes to own his own business in the sports field.
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