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Tuesday @ The Rink

CHAT LIVE With Colorado College Forward Marty Sertich

Welcome to the CSTV.com moderated chat room!

On Tuesday, January 17 at 2:00 p.m. ET, Colorado College forward Marty Sertich pays a visit to "Tuesday @ The Rink", presented by CSTV.com and USCHO.com. Sertich was the 2005 recipient of the Hobey Baker Award.

Marty Sertich

Marty Sertich received the top honor in college hockey when he was named the 2004-05 Hobey Baker Award winner.

Sertich has continued his outstanding play in 2005-06 and is currently second on the Tigers (behind Brett Sterling) in goals and points, while leading the squad in assists.

In his stellar campaign last season, Sertich won both the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and national scoring crowns and was honored as USA Hockey's College Player of the Year in June after being voted WCHA Player of the Year. For his career at CC, he has totals of 57 goals and 108 assists through 148 games entering the season.

Marty will be an undrafted at the end of his college career. He is the son of Steve Sertich, who played for Colorado College in the early 1970s and skated for the United States at the 1976 Winter Olympic Games.

** GET YOUR QUESTIONS IN NOW!!: Marty won't be stopping by until 2:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 17th, and his time will be limited, so feel free to submit your questions now and we'll save them for his arrival!
CSTV.com Moderator: We will starting at approximately 2:15 Eastern - Marty will be in class until a few minutes after 2.
CSTV.com Moderator: 2005 Hobey Baker winner Marty Sertich has joined us.
Marty Sertich: Hi, everyone. I am happy to be here. I am ready to take all of your questions.

Peter (Springfield): How strong is the rivalry between CC and Denver, since you are the only major Hockey schools in Colorado -- a state known for it's winter sports?
Marty Sertich: Both schools have been around for so long, the rivalry is huge. We play two series against each other every season and no matter where the games are, they are really intense.

Borsch (Lakesville): What is the toughest thing about playing college hockey? Balancing academics? Trevelling (since lots of big schools are on the East Coast)? etc
Marty Sertich: It is tough to balance everything. Our school is on the block plan, which means we take one class at a time for three and half weeks, so it is intense for those three and a half weeks, but you only have one class to manage. The professors are great at CC and work with us when we have to go on the road.

Terry (Blastport): What are your thoughts on the "outdoor hockey" phenomenon? Are you hoping this becomes more popular, since the stadiums can hold more fans? Or are you more of a naturalist looking for Hockey to stay in the ice rink?
Marty Sertich: I think it is great that they are doing that and wish I could be a part of it. I don't know if the weather would work for a game between CC and Denver at Invesco, but I'm sure that would be a lot of fun for all the fans in Colorado.

Ryan (Duluth): Did you ever consider playing for your uncle (Mike Sertich) at UMD or when he was coaching at MTU?
Marty Sertich: I actually grew up being a huge Bulldog fan - that was the only team I followed. Once I was going through the process of finding a school, my uncle was at Tech. I took a trip out there, but felt more comfortable at CC.

Jason (Madison, WI): Hi Marty. Having a few years of NCAA hockey under your belt, would you agree that the WCHA is the strongest conference in the country? What are your impressions of the Badgers after playing 2 series against them this season?
Marty Sertich: I think last year, the WCHA was the strongest league, judging by the four teams in the Frozen Four. This year, I think it is too hard to say. There are so many good teams all over the country, so I couldn't pick one league right now. As far as Wisconsin, I think they proved that, at this point, they are the best team in the country. They took it to us pretty good and have proven that so far.

Mark/Waynesboro VA: Why are you undrafted? Do you see yourself pursuing an NHL career?
Marty Sertich: I don't know why I wasn't drafted. But, as far as playing professionally, I don't know where I'm going to be playing next year, but I certainly plan on playing somewhere.

Dave(Colorado Springs): As our beloved tigers are trying to get that #2 spot back from UMN(WCHA standings), does your team realize how big of a weekend this is, and are you confident that you may be able to get a sweep?
Marty Sertich: I think that is everyone's goal every weekend. Playing the Gophers at home isn't easy - that is one of the toughest places to play in hockey. Hopefully we can respond and play better hockey than we did last weekend.

James (Ithaca): Would winning this year's Hobey Baker award mean even more to you than last years? It would be quite a feat to do it twice in a row.
Marty Sertich: If that were to happen, I don't think I could say that one would be bigger than the other. It is far off at this point, but obviously it would be quite an honor to be nominated again.

Tom (Denver): Hey Marty. Out of all the places you've played, which school has the most hostile arena to play in?
Marty Sertich: I would have to say Michigan Tech. It is an old building, they have a band at all the games that adds to the atmosphere. It is real loud there.

Daniel (Bangor): What's it like playing with Brett Sterling?
Marty Sertich: It is awesome playing with Brett. He is a natural goal scorer, so obviously it is fun to get him the puck and watch him do what he does best.

Mark (Buffalo): Who do you think is the favorite for the Hobey Baker Award this season? (besides yourself)
Marty Sertich: I think the goalie from Wisconsin, Elliott, is having a great season. Of course, Brett Sterling has great numbers. So, I would have to say those two guys at this point.
CSTV.com Moderator: That is all the time we have with Marty today.
Marty Sertich: I had a great time. Thanks for having me.
CSTV.com Moderator: Join us next week for another "Tuesday @ The Rink" doubleheader. One of our guests will be USCHO Bracketologist Jayson Moy, who will help break down the first PairWise Rankings, which come out this week. Check back to find out who our second guest will be. See you next week.

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