2009-12-04 / Sports

Kids Korner: An Interview With Mike Christensen

By Ryan Schwach Fifth Grade, PS 114

Ryan Schwach and his younger brother, Corey, interview Aviator's forward Mike Christensen outside the team's locker room. Ryan Schwach and his younger brother, Corey, interview Aviator's forward Mike Christensen outside the team's locker room. This year, I'm returning with more hockey interviews - this time, with the New York Aviators.

Last year, I covered the Brooklyn Aces, but that team folded. In their place this year is a new team, the New York Aviators, which is owned by the Aviator Sports facility in Brooklyn. They play at Floyd Bennett Field.

Six of the former Aces are on the new team, including defenseman Chris Robinson; goalie Eddie Neville; the Aviators' new captain, Chris Holmes; fan-favorite forward Jesse Felten; defenseman Andrew Scampol; and my interview subject, forward Mike Christensen.

Also returning, defenseman Rob Miller, but in a new role as head coach.

Christensen was recently named assistant captain of the Aviators.

"I like leading the guys and setting a good example." said Christensen.

"We have a bunch of good guys on the team, so it's a pretty easy job," he added.

Christensen looked forward to coming back to New York.

"I love it in New York. I loved watching you guys cheer me on. I had to come back," he said.

Last year for the Aces, he scored 34 goals and 19 assists, for 53 points in 37 games. He was one of the league's lead ing scorers, like his current favor - ite NHL player, Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.

Although he likes New York, he still roots for his hometown team, the Minnesota Wild, for which he would like to play some day.

Teammate Augusto DiMarzo suggested that he should want to play for the New York Rangers or the New York Islanders, since they're favorites of the New York crowd.

Christensen grew up in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, and played hockey outdoors with his friends when he was young.

You can see Mike and his team mates play at the Aviator Sports and Recreation facility located right over the Marine Parkway Bridge at Floyd Bennett Field. The team schedule can be found at www.Aviatorsports.com. Tickets are only $10, $8 for kids like me. I hope to interview Forward Au - gust DiMarzo next.

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