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PIHL Player Spotlight: Joey Pankowski

By PIHL, 01/16/20, 3:30PM EST


NAME: Joey Pankowski

TEAM: Hampton

YEAR: Freshman


JERSEY #: 38

Q: What got you started in hockey and how old were you?
  What got me started in hockey was seeing my brother Luke Pankowski play hockey for the Junior Penguins when I was 2 years old.  I have loved the game ever since then.

Q: What is the single best thing about playing for your PIHL team?
 I think the friendships that I make on the team and having fun with those friends are the best parts about playing for Hampton.

Q: What do you enjoy most about playing high school hockey in the PIHL?
 I really enjoy the competition, especially going against seniors as a freshman.  It is very exiting for me.

Q: What is the most-memorable hockey game you have ever been involved in with your PIHL team?
 The game I remember most is when we played Shaler in October.  We were expected to lose, but our team disregarded those chances from the start.  We ended up winning 4-1 for our first win of the season.

Q: Which opposing PIHL team do you really enjoy playing against, and why?
I would say that the opponent I enjoy playing the most is Plum.  They have a very good team this year, and it’s great competition for us in our division.

Q: Are there any routines or rituals you must stick to before every game, such as listening to a certain song?
 I am not a very superstitious guy.   So when I come in the rink, I just have the mentality that I’m going to have amazing game and do what I can to make sure my team wins.

Q: If you were put in charge of the entire sport of hockey and could change just one thing about the game, what would it be?
I don’t think I would change anything with the game because I really don’t think there’s anything wrong with it!

Q: Are you involved in any other organized sports or activities outside of high school hockey?
 Yes, I also play for the PHA Icemen U15 AAA team.

Q: What is something unique about you that most people would be surprised to know?
Most people don’t know that I am a only child, but I do have a stepsister and stepbrother.

Q: What are your two favorite apps on your smartphone, and why?
 My favorite is the YouTube app because I love to watch my favorite creators on YouTube.  And I enjoy Snapchat because I love to talk to my friends on that app.

Q: Would you rather be Superman or Batman, and why?
 I would rather be Batman because I would rather be super powerful as a hard working human than be super gifted alien.

Q: What person outside of your family has done the most for you?
 I would have to say one of my hockey coaches, Sean Voss.  He has been working with me since I was 9, and I wouldn’t be half the hockey player I am today without him.

Q: What plans do you have for after you graduate from high school?
I certainly want to become a professional hockey player, but if that doesn’t work out, then I would co-own my dad's business with my brother.