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.
Forward Kip Hoffmann is Janesville’s lone three-year veteran this season and is up next in the Vet Check-Up series.
EP: How is your offseason going?
KH: The offseason is going great, one of the best summers I’ve ever had. I’ve also been focusing on getting a six-pack.
EP: Have you been on any vacations?
KH: I went to Boston for a few days for the Chowder Cup and really enjoyed the East Coast food and playing hockey.
EP: What skills have you been focusing on during the summer?
KH: Probably just being a better hockey player: skating, stickhandling, and shooting.
EP: What is your favorite summer activity?
KH: Definitely laying on the boat and getting a tan.
EP: What NHL offseason trade or development was most surprising to watch?
KH: Artemi Panarin being traded from the Blackhawks to the Bluejackets.
EP: What is your favorite summertime meal or snack?
KH: My favorite summertime meal is probably fresh fruit.
EP: What do you miss most about the Jets in the summer and look forward to in the fall?
KH: What I miss most about the Jets is seeing all the guys everyday. Miss them a lot so there’s been a lot of FaceTime calls. I’m looking forward to meeting all the new guys and seeing the boys from last year.
EP: Once training camp starts, where will you go for your first lunch break?
KH: First lunch break I’ll probably cook for myself. I’ve learned to cook a lot for myself this summer so staying true to my diet is in the plan for this upcoming year.
EP: Any goals for the upcoming season?
KH: A team goal is getting back to the Robertson Cup Finals and winning a championship.