Getting To Know the Freshmen Tigers: Joey Fallon

Joey FallonJoey Fallon played for the Lone Star Brahmas in the NAHL last season, recording 22 points over 51 games. Prior to joining Lone Star, Fallon skated for the Gloucester Rangers of the CCHL where he played with Princeton’s Ryan Kuffner and Max Veronneau. That season, Fallon netted 64 points in 67 games.

Eye On The Tigers caught up with Fallon to see what the incoming freshman had to say:

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Why did you choose Princeton University?

I chose Princeton because It gave me the opportunity to receive the best possible education while also having the ability to play hockey at a high level. In addition, the beauty and the history of the campus made the choice an easy one.

What are you most looking forward to?

I am most looking forward to meeting all the guys on the team as well as my seven roommates.

When did you get into hockey? What’s your earliest memory?

I started playing hockey when I was four years old. My earliest memory is me not being able to skate so I sat on the ice and used my skate as a pickaxe trying to make a hole in the ice.

What NHL team did you grow up rooting for and why?

I grew up rooting for the New York Rangers. My dad was always a big fan so I was pretty much born into it.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in hockey?

The biggest challenge I faced in hockey was being cut from my squirt major team. It became a turning point in my career and it really made me realize that I could not take anything for granted.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen when playing hockey?

The strangest thing that I have ever been a part of was winning a game in double overtime by shooting the puck from the red line, hitting an opposing defender and deflecting in the net.

Who’s the most influential person in your hockey career?

The person who has had the most influence on my hockey career is my dad. He pushed me hard to be the best player I could be. He has driven me to countless 6 a.m. skates and plans his whole schedule around my hockey games. As far as on the ice, my youth hockey coach, Pat Lafontaine, and my high school coach, Chris Baudo, both did so much to shape the player and person that I am.

What’s the most exciting experience you’ve ever had?

The most exciting experience I have ever had was going to Quebec City for two weeks for the international peewee tournament. I got to stay with a French billet family while playing kids from all over the world in front of thousands of fans.

What do you plan on majoring in/what are your academic interests?

I have always been interested in math, science and history and I plan on majoring in economics.

What do you hope your legacy at Princeton University will be?

I hope my legacy at Princeton will be that I am remembered as a loyal and hard-working person.

Previous Q&A: Jordan Fogarty | Derek Topatigh

See also: Princeton announces 2016-17 incoming freshmen

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Getting To Know the Freshmen Tigers: Derek Topatigh

Derek TopatighDerek Topatigh joins the Tigers after two seasons in the OJHL. The lone defenseman of the class, Topatigh proved he could score while playing for the Orangeville Flyers. Over 113 games, Topatigh netted 67 points. Last season the Ontario native recorded 39 points, a career high. Topatigh represented Canada East in the World Junior A Challenge and scored two points in five games. The defenseman was also named to the CJHL Prospects Game.

Eye On The Tigers spoke with Topatigh to see what the incoming freshman had to say:

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Why did you choose Princeton University?

I come from a family that has always been focused and mindful of academics, so as soon as the chance of coming to a school with a renowned academic history like Princeton and play hockey at the same time became an option, it was a very easy decision for me.

What are you most looking forward to?

To me, the game of hockey has always created the strongest bonds of my life so I am most looking forward to just meeting the rest of the guys on the team and having the chance to work alongside them to have the best possible season this team can have.

When did you get into hockey? What’s your earliest memory?

I got into hockey at age three and grew up around the game. My first memory was trying to keep up with my two brothers on the local rink and just being ecstatic that I finally had the chance to go on the ice myself.

What NHL team did you grow up rooting for and why?

Growing up in the Toronto area, I have always been a big Maple Leafs fan. Even though the team has been mediocre in my lifetime, I have always found the idea of an entire city getting behind the home team extremely fun and exciting.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in hockey?

Being a defenseman on the shorter side, one thing you get a lot is that your size will prevent you from getting to the next level. To me, I have never found any truth to this argument but it is still something that definitely has been frustrating to hear.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen when playing hockey?

The most shocking thing to me is always when the glass shatters, as it is just so unexpected. I played in two games throughout my career to date in which someone [got] hit through the glass, and it definitely is not something you get used to seeing.

Who’s the most influential person in your hockey career?

My father has been the biggest influence on my hockey career, just with the support he has given me without wavering over the years. He has constantly been willing to help me get better and improve myself and will hop on the ice or the driveway without a second thought.

What’s the most exciting experience you’ve ever had?

This season I had the chance to represent my native country of Canada in the World Junior A Championships, and putting on the maple leaf was most definitely an experience that I will never forget in my life.

What do you plan on majoring in/what are your academic interests?

I am planning on majoring in economics, and while I know I am interested in the finance and business side of things, I am keeping an open mind and not narrowing down my options too much.

What do you hope your legacy at Princeton University will be?

With a few consecutive losing seasons, I think my biggest aspiration is that our freshman class helps to complete the turnaround of the team and give us a chance to contend for a top spot in the ECAC.

Previous Q&A: Jordan Fogarty

See also: Princeton announces 2016-17 incoming freshmen

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Getting To Know the Freshmen Tigers: Jordan Fogarty

Jordan FogartyJordan Fogarty, the son of Princeton head coach Ron Fogarty, spent the last three seasons skating with Sarnia of the GOJHL. He finished his career with 114 points over 153 games. In the 2015-16 season, Fogarty netted 45 points in 54 games. He recorded a career-high 47 points in 2014-15.

Eye On The Tigers caught up with Fogarty to see what the incoming freshman had to say:

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Why did you choose Princeton University?

I chose Princeton due to the countless opportunities it provides. I have the opportunity to get the greatest education on earth, play hockey, and create a legacy on and off the ice.

What are you most looking forward to?

I am most looking forward to meeting all the guys and working together towards our athletic and academic goals.

When did you get into hockey? What’s your earliest memory?

I was pretty much born into hockey and started skating around the age of two. My earliest memory is scoring my only goal of the season in the mini-mite house league championship game.

What NHL team did you grow up rooting for and why?

I grew up cheering for the Ottawa Senators since Dany Heatley was my favorite player. When he scored 50 in ’07, I permed my hair so I could look like him.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in hockey?

My biggest challenge would have to be my height. I try to use it to my advantage though.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen when playing hockey?

In juniors I saw a fan get in a fistfight with an opposing team’s mascot. It was tough to pay attention to the game with a 6-feet tall squirrel throwing uppercuts.

Who’s the most influential person in your hockey career?

My parents are easily the most influential people. My dad taught me the game and my mom taught me passion by driving across the country through snow storms for tournaments.

What’s the most exciting experience you’ve ever had?

Opening up my acceptance letter to Princeton. I was full of euphoria and knew all my hard work had paid off.

What do you plan on majoring in/what are your academic interests?

I am planning on majoring in economics. I have a broad range of academic interest though.

What do you hope your legacy at Princeton University will be?

I want to be known as the team who created a winning culture at Princeton. I believe we are on the right track to becoming a winning team and everyone is buying in to make that happen.

See also: Princeton announces 2016-17 incoming freshmen

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Princeton Announces 2016-17 Incoming Freshman Class

Princeton announced its freshman class for the incoming season on June 27. The class of 2020 consists of five forwards and a defenseman.

The class will replace five graduating seniors, which included four forwards and a defenseman. The Tigers are adding an extra forward this season, but they lost two forwards last offseason in Josh Melnick and Connor McLaren.

Joining Princeton this season are forwards Jackson Cressey, Jordan Fogarty, Joey Fallon, Liam Grande and Jeremy Germain. Derek Topatigh is the lone defenseman of the class.

After initially joining the Coquitlam Express for 10 games in 2012-13, Cressey spent the next three full seasons with the Express. He totaled 125 points over 160 games and netted a career-high 70 points over 52 games last season and was named the team’s MVP.

Germain also played in the BCHL, skating for the Chilliwack Chiefs in 2015-16. HE finished the season with 38 points over 56 games. Fogarty spent the last three seasons with the Sarnia Legionnaires of the GOJHL, netting 107 points in 134 games.

Fallon played for the Lone Star Brahmas of the NAHL last season, recording 22 points in 51 games. In 2014-15, Fallon played for the Gloucester Rangers of the CCHL where he skated with current Tigers Max Veronneau and Ryan Kuffner. Fallon registered 58 points in 61 games that season.

Grande and Topatigh both played in the OJHL. Grande played for Cobourg, the former team of current Tiger Alex Riche, for three full seasons. Over 117 games, Grande netted 103 points. Topatigh, the only defenseman of the incoming class, represented Canada East in the World Junior A Challenge last season. In 2014-15, Toaptigh was named the Ontario Hockey Association’s Top Prospect Defenseman. Through two seasons with the Orangeville Flyers, Topatigh recorded 60 points in 103 games.