Happy Ground Round Spotlight week! This week, the spotlight is over defenseman, #2, TJ Samec! 19 year old TJ is the only child of Tim and Delinda Samec from Saint Paul, MN. In TJ’s junior career, he has played for the Minnesota Magicians in the NAHL, the Winkler Flyers of the MJHL, and also a brief stint with the Blizzard in 2013. So far this season, TJ has three points and 12 shots on goal in 14 games.
Although TJ has played hockey since the age of 3, there is more to him than just hockey. TJ also enjoys spending time on the golf course during the summer months. If you are looking for TJ when he is not at the rink, the best place to find him would be outside. His favorite food is chicken alfredo pasta and his favorite color is blue. When asked about his dream job, TJ stated it would have to be traveling the world as a pilot.
The Blizzard have taken on a new mission to be involved in the community this season by going to schools visits, helping out where they can, etc. TJ is very good with the school kids, and is always willing to volunteer to offer his time. He really enjoys helping out the kids at these events. TJ said his favorite community event so far was the carnival for Halloween.
On the hockey side of things, TJ’s favorite memory is definitely winning the Minnesota State High School Hockey Championships in back to back years. For this year’s Blizzard team, TJ has high hopes. For a season goal, TJ has set an appearance in the Robertson Cup Finals. One might say hockey is the center of TJ’s life. His lifelong dream would be to play Division I hockey in college while attending school. Come to the game Saturday, Nov. 8th, to get your hands on a TJ Samec Ground Round Trading Card!