2009-12-18 / Sports

Interview With New York Aviators Star Jesse Felten

Jesse Felten(pictured middle) played with the Brooklyn Aces, the predecessor to the New York Aviators last season. Jesse Felten(pictured middle) played with the Brooklyn Aces, the predecessor to the New York Aviators last season. The following interview was recently conducted by Lese Dunton with New York Aviators hockey player Jesse Fel - ten. TheAviators play in the Northeast Professional Hockey League and their home games are played at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn. For more information, go to aviatorsports.com

Lese Dunton: What motivates you?

Jesse Felten: The love of the game. I want to jump on the ice whenever I can. I always want to be playing.

LD: Where are you from? JF: Cashton, Wisconsin.

LD: When did you first step on the ice? When did you know you loved hockey?

JF: Well, when I was 5 is when I first started playing. My first time on the ice, I just fell in love with it right away. It's a really great sport. I grew up playing with a lot of my brothers and sisters and we just helped each other get better, and pushed each other. My parents drove us everywhere to play hockey.

LD: I heard you have 17 brothers and sisters.

JF: A few that were adopted and my parents had five that were biological.

LD: And you were adopted?

JF: Yup.

LD: That must have been a good experience.

JF: It was.

LD: So little by little you realized you were quite good at hockey. And then where did it go from there? How did you land up on the A's team?

JF: I played with Coach Rob Miller last year in Brooklyn, and last summer I didn't know quite what I was doing. He gave me a call and told me he was coaching here at Aviator Sports & Events Center. Wanted me to come play for him. I jumped at the opportunity.

LD: When you came to play for the A's this season, did you move all the way from Wisconsin to Brooklyn, NY to do it?

JF: Yes, I came from Wisconsin again.

LD: What hopes and goals do you have for the future?

JF: As soon as my playing career is over I'd like to get into coaching and running camps during the summer. It's definitely a sport I'm going to stay with my entire life. Help develop younger players and help them love the game as much as I do.

LD: Do you imagine playing in the NHL?

JF: Just like everyone else out there, it's always been a dream. You don't know if you're going to make it or not, but you're always trying to get better, and do what you can to get to the next level. It's a hard road to go down, but it's fun. A lot of great memories.

LD: Describe what it's like when you get a goal.

JF: It's an unreal experience. All the guys are excited for you. And celebrating with you. There's no feeling like it really.

LD: What are some tricks of the trade?

JF: Just keeping your head up and playing smart. Always going hard, no matter how much time is left in the game.

LD: What do you do when you're not playing?

JF: I'm either working here at the rink, or working out, or hanging out at the house playing video games with the guys. We have a hockey house where guys who have to travel a long distance get to stay at.

LD: So that's your home, the hockey house?

JF: Yes.

LD: What's your job at the rink?

JF: We skate with the youth hockey program a lot. And we do some rink maintenance - wherever they need us to give them a hand.

LD: What ages are the you

JF: Anywhere from 3 or 4 to 16 or 17.

LD: With the little ones, what are some essential tips?

JF: Keep your knees bent and your head up, and just go play!

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