From Gianluca Nebiolo
1) Hello Erik, tell to us something about this season
The season is going well so far, we currently sit in 3rd place in a tight division. The CHL is broken up into two divisions, the Turner (Northern) and Berry (Southern) each with 7 teams. The parity in the CHL year to year seems to get stronger and stronger as every night is a battle for points. The playoff format changed this year, only the top 4 teams from each conference make the postseason.
2) What are the objectives of the team and of Erik Giosa?
Our objective is to finish near the top of the pack and be rolling when it comes playoff time. Personally I just want to make a difference each night and help the team win. If I can help make the players around me better then I feel I am doing my job, the goals and assists come along with making the others on the ice around me better.
3) From your surname we understood an Italian roots, what do you know about Italy and the hockey league?
My great grandfather and grandmother came to the United States from a little town called Roccasicura in the Molise region of the country. My father visited the town years ago and met the mayor and said it was a great place. After I graduated college in the summer of 2009 I visited Italy with my girlfriend, Madeline. We started off in Rome and then headed to Florence. It was just beautiful; I love the culture, the people, the architecture… everything about the country. I would always joke and say that I didn’t want to come back.
4) In the future you will play in Italy, and play for the National Team?
I would love to play there someday, and as far as wearing an Italian National Team uniform, that would be a complete honor and dream come true of mine.
5) Your favourite team?
Detroit Red Wings… a huge Detroit sports fan for all sports but always will have a soft spot for the Red Wings. I love the style of game they play, the way they handle their business both on and off the ice. A lot of that comes with coaching and the Red Wings have had, both past and present, some great ones behind the bench.
6) A favourite player?
I would have to say my favorite players growing up were Pavel Bure, Mike Modano, and Steve Yzerman, in no particular order. If I had to pick just one I would definitely say Steve Yzerman, the way he played tough every night, the skills he possessed, and the leadership qualities he displayed were something to admire and aspire to.
7) Erik thanks for everything, a little message for the Italian fans…
I hope to see you sometime in the future and wish you all health and happiness this holiday season. Buon Natale!