Over the course of Main Camp, media intern Emily Polglaze will be catching up with some of Janesville’s new prospects. These include draft picks, tendered players, and camp invitees. Here we talk with a local player, Riley Jensen.
Name: Riley Jensen
Birth year: 1999
Hometown: Beloit, WI
Jensen played with Beloit Memorial High School last season. He came in second for most points on the Purple Knights team with 23 goals and 35 assists in 23 regular season games. He also had seven points in four playoff games. Jensen is wearing #11 on Team Yellow during Main Camp.
EP: Where did you play last year?
RJ: I played for Beloit Memorial High School.
EP: What brings you to Janesville’s main camp?
RJ: I came to the Jets program because they do a good job with development and moving guys on to Division I hockey. They also have a great coaching staff and a community with lots of loud fans.
EP: How would you describe yourself as a player?
RJ: I would describe myself as a shifty player that makes plays and likes to battle along the boards.
EP: Who do you model your game after?
RJ: I model my game after Pavel Datsyuk (Red Wings). He does a good job controlling the puck and finding the open guy, and finishes the puck when he has the chance.
EP: How has camp gone so far?
RJ: The first game was good pace, hard hitting, and fun to play in against other good players. Puck was moving well over the ice. The play was what I expected: fast, hard, and gritty.
EP: What are your goals for main camp?
RJ: My goal for main camp is to establish my name, and play hard both ways. And make it to the 30-man roster, as all the others guys playing want, too.