Leading up to 2017-2018 training camp, media intern Emily Polglaze will be leading the Vet Check-Up feature on JanesvilleJets.com. Twice a week, she’ll catch up with one of eight Jets veterans to see how the summer offseason has been going, and what they’re looking forward to in the season to come.
Next is forward and second-year NAHL skater, #14 David Schmidling.
EP: How is your offseason going?
DS: The off-season has been good so far, gone by quick though, so I’m trying to spend as much time with family and friends as possible.
EP: Have you been on any vacations?
DS: I spent a week at the lake with my brothers and sister back in Missouri, where I’m originally from.
EP: Have you been doing any skating?
DS: I train with Pinnacle Performance, run by my former coaches, and many of their former players come back. We all skate multiple times a week in Maryland.
EP: What other skills have you been focusing on during the summer?
DS: I’ve been focused on getting bigger and trying to work on my speed as well.
EP: What is your favorite summer activity?
DS: That would definitely have to be golfing or going to the beach.
EP: What NHL offseason trade or development was most surprising to watch?
DS: When the Blues traded for Brayden Schenn from the Flyers.
EP: What is your favorite summertime meal or snack?
DS: Mac and cheese with grilled chicken is the best afternoon snack for me.
EP: What do you miss most about the Jets in the summer and look forward to in the fall?
DS: I miss being around my teammates everyday, and the Friday and Saturday night games. Really looking forward to report date and getting to know all the new guys, as well as being back playing in front of the best fans in the league.
EP: Once training camp starts, where will you go for your first lunch break?
DS: I’ve gotta go with TJ on this one and say Potbelly.