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ASU Hockey Player Preview: Brett Blomgren

ASU's defensive core will be young and talented this season, thanks in part to the hefty contributions of No. 3.

Photo: Allyson Cummings

The biggest physical threat on the Arizona State hockey team returns for his second year as a Sun Devil and he has the potential to pick up right where the three graduated senior defensemen left off.

Head coach Greg Powers joked around with the new recruits this week by making it known that they would get whooped if they ever tried to dance at center ice with Blomgren.

The result? Nobody even considered dropping the gloves against the intimidating 6-foot-2, 190-pound wall. What makes Blomgren more dangerous is that he spent this summer getting quicker and stronger.

"I had a good summer training back home. I play a lot of different sports for cross-training like racquetball and volleyball to help me be a more well rounded athlete, as well as being in the gym," Blomgren said.

This offseason was certainly a successful one for Blomgren, who should be a more agile defenseman this year on the Sun Devil depth chart. Do not be alarmed by his offensive production. Though he only scored three goals and tallied five assists last season, he gained a full year of experience with Powers' system and he is ready to take his game to the next level.

"I had a decent year last year. Coach Powers and all the guys definitely made it easy to fit in and contribute to our team success. Hopefully this year I can take what I learned from last season and apply it to this year," Blomgren said.

He may not be the flashiest player on the ice each night, but he brings energy and consistency to a blue line that will feature only three returning players.

"I'm at my best when I'm making the simple plays, good breakout passes and physical defensively," Blomgren shared. "I think I'm just more comfortable this year and that goes along way for confidence on the ice."

Blomgren does a great job of setting up the forwards and keeping the puck on net and in the attacking zone. No matter what line he ends up on, his numbers should increase solely because of his style of play.

By the end of last season, the Canyon Country, California native found his groove on the ice and he was quietly recognized for his flawless presence on top of the crease. For being known typically as a physical player, he has an impressive hockey IQ. Blomgren played in 41 games and he only committed two penalties during the 2013 calendar year.

"Probably my first year of junior really shaped how I play hockey. Being 17 and away from home going through that new experience really matured me on and off the ice," Blomgren mentioned.

It's never an easy adjustment to transition from junior hockey to one of the best collegiate teams on the west coast. But for Blomgren, he embraced the challenge and so far has surpassed the expectations of the coaching staff despite being so young.

Blomgren is a true team player and represents the definition of what Arizona State Hockey stands for.