NMU Hockey 2013-14 Fresh Faces: Casey Purpur

Editor’s note: Mining Journal Sports Editor Matt Wellens introduces the nine incoming Wildcats who will take the ice for the Northern Michigan University hockey team this season. Check back daily to meet a new fresh face.

Name (number): Casey Purpur (2)

Position: Forward

Year: Freshman

Age: 20

Height: 5-8

Weight: 183

Hometown: Grand Forks, N.D.

Last club (league): Brookings (NAHL)

Major: Undeclared

Hobbies: Coaching baseball

Favorite NHL team: Chicago Blackhawks

Favorite NHL player: Patrick Kane

Strongest skill on the ice: Faceoofs

Weakest skill on the ice: Footwork

If you weren’t a hockey player, what would you be?

“An actor.”

If you could be in any type of movie, what would it be?

“Romance. I’m just a softy.”

In head coach Walt Kyle’s words:

“He’s the son of an alumni, Scott Purpur (1984-85). He’s kind of a wild card. We didn’t know a lot about him when he came in. He’s impressed every day and gotten better every day. He’s got good puck skills, good brain. Over time, we think he’ll grow.”