Under-18 defenseman Alex Vlasic, recognizing differences and improvement in year two
New faces can bring a wealth of experience to a team.
For Alex Vlasic, the addition of Dan Hinote as associate head coach of the USA Hockey Under-18 National Team Development Program squad this season has played a huge role in his development. A Stanley Cup winner as a player, Hinote has plenty of valuable experience to share.
“He has been a great addition and has really brought us closer together,” said Vlasic. “He is a mentor to us. We look up to him and the success that he has had, playing professional hockey and winning a Stanley Cup. He knows what it takes to make it to the NHL. He is someone we can talk to and he is a great person to help in my development.”
The 6-foot-6, 193-pound blueliner has already noticed a huge difference between his first year and his second year with the NTDP.