Stanislav Micha, public relations director for Košice in the Slovak Extraliga, relayed that defenseman Colton Saucerman “is a good guy and a perfect team player. Košice fans love him, as he is always smiling.”
It’s high praise for someone who, at that point, had been a part of the organization for only a dozen games. Yet, talking to Saucerman, it is easy to believe the compliments. Pensive, amicable and forthcoming, it is evident that the 29-year-old Northeastern University product appreciates what hockey has been able to give him.
Saucerman grew up a Colorado College Tigers and Colorado Avalanche fan in Colorado Springs. With a grandfather and father passionate about the game, it was a near guarantee that he would spend a lot of time in rinks.
As he reached his teenage years, he pursued higher competition. He was given that chance in the USHL. Although the 17-year-old didn’t expect to have much of an impact, injuries on the blue line gave him a chance to earn his stripes and gain valuable learning lessons as he continued to develop.
Editor's note: This article appears in the November/December print edition of New England Hockey Journal.