By Chris Block
This morning I had an opportunity to chat with Rockford IceHogs first-year defenseman Joe Lavin.
In his first pro season, Lavin has quietly risen into the top tier of upcoming Chicago Blackhawks prospects on the defense. Lavin turned pro last April after completing his collegiate career as the captain of the University f Notre Dame where he was a regular pair-mate with another Blackhawks’ prospect, Stephen Johns. The Blackhawks drafted Lavin in the 5th round (126th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
At 23, Lavin is one of the older IceHogs but he also carries himself like a ten-year veteran. Lavin plays an intelligent game from the blue line and his improved agility and mobility have helped advance his offensive skill set as well at the pro level.
The interview is about ten and a half minutes long following an introduction.
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We touched on a variety of topics with Joe Lavin, including….
-IceHogs running out of steam at the wrong time
-His decision to leave Providence midway through his sophomore season and transfer to Notre Dame
-Getting named captain after only one half-season at Notre Dame
-Key aspects in being a team leader
-Assessing where his game is at now, after a full pro season
-When he settled in and felt confident this year
-Possibility of being elected a “Black Ace” this coming week
-Off season workouts and plans for the summer
-Focus and goals for next fall
-Lavin’s beaming respect and appreciation for Carter Hutton
-Goalies helping the D
-Thoughts and his experience with hybrid and no-touch icing