BCHL forward Alex Petan, from Delta, British Columbia, is next in our weekly Future Huskies series. Alex is a smaller forward (5’9″, 175 lbs.) who really prides himself on his speed and quickness. Darcy Rota, a former NHL player and current president of the Coquitlam Express (BCHL), recruited Alex as a 17-year-old. He had a rough roookie campaign for the then-Burnaby Express, but his stats have improved throughout his junior career and he currently sits ninth among all players with 59 points (24 goals and 35 assists) in 39 games. Alex made his decision to join the Huskies this past October after a great start to his third season with Coquitlam.
He’s the captain of the Express under Head Coach Jon Calvano, who took the job after Petan’s first year with the team. Coach Calvano loved Petan’s skills and compete level so he gave him the opportunity to play alongside a couple good players in Massimo Lamacchia and Destry Straight, who both currently play Division I hockey for Brown and Boston College, respectively. Petan took that opportunity and began to flourish, showing dramatic improvement, highlighting his skill set perfectly. When the season ended, Coach Calvano and his staff challenged Alex to improve his play and leadership. Over that summer, Alex remained focused on training down in Vancouver with the same trainer as Markus Naslund. We asked Coach Calvano about that summer, this season, and Alex as a college player. Here’s what he had to say:
Since Alex Petan has signed a national letter of intent, we’re allowed to talk to the Huskies coaching staff about Alex and what he’ll bring to Michigan Tech. Here’s what Head Coach Mel Pearson had to say:
Assistant Coach Damon Whitten took a moment to discuss Alex too:
Here’s our interview with Alex Petan:
THG: You’ve made your decision to play college hockey at Michigan Tech. Can you tell us a little bit about your decision to become a Husky?
THG: So what is that academic program?
THG: So you mentioned you had a couple of options, what were the other schools that contacted you?
THG: Were you in contact with any teams before your success this season?
THG: The Huskies made a change to bring in Mel Pearson with his 23 years of experience next to Red Berenson at Michigan. How much did he play a role in your decision? Who recruited you and how did that whole process work out for you?
THG: When did you make your official visit to Houghton, who showed you around and what were your impressions of Houghton and Michigan Tech?
THG: What did it mean to you, to be named the captain of the Coquitlam Express this season?
THG: How much did playing with division prospects like Destry Straight (Boston College) and Massimo Lamacchia (Brown) help you elevate your game and improve as a player?
THG: Coach Whitten described you as a dynamic forward. He said you’re as much a scorer as a playmaker. What do you think of that? What are you better at, scoring goals or setting up teammates?
THG: Have you talked to any of the other BCHL players headed to Tech next season like Jujhar Khaira?
THG: I asked Coach Calvano what he thought you needed to work on most before College, and he said you’ll need to find a way to adjust quickly to the lack of time and space with the higher level of competition. What do you think of that?
THG: What do you think is your biggest weakness? Something you’ll need to work on to become a better player at the College level?
THG: Anything you want Michigan Tech fans to know?