Hobie Hedquist, a Minnesota native shown in net for the Sioux Falls POWER, is committed to continuing his hockey career at Colorado College. Photo courtesy of Noelle Needham
Hobie Hedquist, the 6-foot-2 goalie who is committed to Colorado College, participated in the USA Hockey Boys Select 16 Player Development Camp in July. Due to his strong performance, he was chosen to be part of the 2019 U.S. Under-17 Men’s Select Team that will compete at the Five Nations Tournament in Fussen, Germany from Aug. 13 to Aug. 17.
The 16-year-old, who is from Heron Lake, Minnesota, was drafted in the second round by the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League (USHL) in May.
Hedquist is excited for his first trip to Europe for the Five Nations Tournament, and he took a few moments with the Colorado Hockey Hub to discuss his time at the development camp, the upcoming Five Nations Tournament and more.
Colorado Hockey Hub: What made participating in the USA Hockey Boys Select 16 Player Development Camp special?
Hobie Hedquist: It’s really fun to compete against a team full of good players. It’s fun to showcase what you got against the top players in the country, kind of compare where you’re at, and see what it’s like to play against the top players and see what America has to offer.
CO Hockey Hub: Why was it important to be there?
HH: It’s really good to play with all the top players in the country — get the experience, get the exposure, and have a chance to play for Team USA. It’s just something that I always wanted to do. Through this camp is one of the ways I could do it.
CO Hockey Hub: What influenced you the most from the experience?
HH: Just what it’s gonna take to get to the next level because everybody is just so good. What is has to take and how dialed in you have to be every single day.
CO Hockey Hub: How well do you think you played?
HH: I felt all my games up until the last one were good. The last one wasn’t as good. Then I rebounded at the all-star game and played better that game, ending the camp strong.
CO Hockey Hub: How did it feel to be selected for the U.S. Under-17 Select Team for the Five Nations Tournament?
HH: It was an unbelievable experience. It’s hard to put into words what it was like knowing that you get to play for your country overseas. It was just like a dream come true.
CO Hockey Hub: What does it mean to you to have reached this level at this stage in your career?
HH: It’s definitely an honor to play for your country. It just gives you something to keep working for, so hopefully you can do it again later down the road.
CO Hockey Hub: What are you most excited about?
HH: I’m most excited to get out and compete, and wear the USA jersey.
CO Hockey Hub: Which country are you most excited to compete with?
HH: They are all gonna be good games. They are all going to be fun to compete against. The very last game of the entire tournament we play against Germany. I feel like that will be a really fun experience playing against the host country on the last day.
CO Hockey Hub: What have you learned from the development camp and/or what do you want to learn at the Five Nations Tournament to be successful in your next year?
HH: I just want to learn what it takes to play against the best in the world now.
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CO Hockey Hub: You have committed to Colorado College. Why is that school best for you?
HH: Colorado is close to home. I really like the coaching staff, they are good people. And I like the plan that they have for me. I like the way that the school is set up. The coaching staff was unbelievable.
CO Hockey Hub: What did the coaching staff say or do to convince you they are the best program for you?
HH: They made it feel like it would be a good home for me during my four years of college and that it would be a great place to play.
CO Hockey Hub: You are from Minnesota. Did you have any interest in going to college there?
HH: I was kind of just looking anywhere for a school and I just felt that Colorado was the best place for me.
CO Hockey Hub: How did it feel to be drafted by the Dubuque Fighting Saints?
HH: It was just unbelievable to get drafted. It will be a good place and a good fit for me.