Will Merchant, Mike Zajac, and Nick Kuchera don't make many mistakes, but when they do the other team tries to take advantage of it. That is very difficult with defensemen such as Sam Wolfe and Eli May. Sam lives in the cul-de-sac next to mine, and Eli lives two doors down from me so I've grown up with them. In fact, I played on the "Millawaukee Brewers" with them when I was in kindergarten. I've learned one very important thing from growing up with them; these guys love hockey. They are always away at hockey tournaments, hockey practice, or anything to do with a stick and puck. Their families have invested lots of their time to their careers, and they have younger sisters that are also very good at hockey.
Sam Wolfe: When I watch Sam Wolfe play, I classify him as a defensive defenseman, meaning he will stay farther back and not shoot the puck very much. But I am bewildered when I see that he scored 10 goals and 19 assists last year. I'm not saying he's a bad player, but I'm shocked how he can play such a defensive game and have so many points. He has a very big physical presence on the ice, and hits with a vengeance. You can tell his passion for the game by the amount of hits he takes. He's not afraid to get hit into the boards, and seems to do anything for the Cats to come out victorious.
Eli May: People have something important they cherish. I cherish my $206.47 lacrosse stick because it's the most expensive thing I've bought with my money, a friend of mine cherishes his Crucifix because his religion is very important him. But I have never seen someone be so enthralled by hockey, or any sport in that matter, then Eli May. I've been neighbors with Eli since I was 5, and I've grown up with him. I always saw him taking shots on his net outside his house or rollerblading in the cul-de-sac working on his stickhandling. Hockey is always first in his life. At Eagan High School, "The Pit" is the cheering section at football games, and Pit Captains, who are seniors that are nominated by the previous year seniors, pump up the crowd and start chants. Eli was nominated as a Pit Captain because he's one of the loudest kids out there, but he turned it down so he could attend his Friday night Elite hockey games. That goes to show how much Eli May has invested his life into Eagan hockey. Now that you know about Eli's life outside the rink, let's go over his on-ice abilities. Eli commands the ice he plays on and steps out as the leader, which can be attributed on why he wears a "C" on his jersey. "I see what my teammates and what my opponents do, and I react to it. I have good vision on the ice, and I use my size to my advantage." Another reason why Eli is a captain is because he cares for his teammates so much. "The team is my second family, and we're always there for each other, on the ice or off of it."
Sam Wolfe and Eli May prevent a lot of bad things from happening to the Cats. If they let anything by (which is rare), new goalie Christian Butler can make a spectacular save. But let's hope that doesn't happen too much.