Getting to Know: Jeremy Bachusz
This edition of "Getting to Know" is Oakland Hockey Assistant Coach Jeremy Bachusz.
Inside the CCHA Radio Show - Q&A with Jeremy Bachusz
In the five years that Jeremy Bachusz spent playing for the Lake Superior State Lakers, there were some peaks and valleys.
After growing up watching his
brother, Mike, star for the national champion Lakers in 1993, Bachusz
decided to pick up where his
brother left off and join the Lakers in the fall of 1998.
Although Bachusz had some personal success with being awarded the Outstanding Freshman Award in 1998-99 and serving as captain his junior and senior years, the team was in a rebuilding stage after the great teams that had come in during the early 1990's.
To add to the frustration of losing, Bachusz
missed most of the 2000-01 season due to illness, but was granted a red-shirt.
Even though the team didn't fare as well as he
had hoped, Bachusz
took many positive aspects of those years and has put together a successful career outside of hockey as a financial consultant at Merrill Lynch
along with a budding coaching career at Oakland University
in Rochester, Mich.
Your older brother, Mike, was captain of the Lakers during their NCAA Division I national championship run in 1993.
What kind of brotherly advice did he
give you heading into your career at Lake Superior?
basically said that you have to enjoy every day because it goes by so fast and he
was definitely right about that.
Sitting here today, I can't believe that I went through five years, with red-shirting my junior year when I got sick.
He was always the hardest worker on the team and led by example and I kind of just took that from him and watched when I was younger.
I tried to carry that on when I went there.
How were you recruited?
Did your brother have anything to do with you landing in Sault Ste. Marie?
: Probably, I would have to think that he
had some influence on that.
Our family was around that school the whole time he
: Michigan, Michigan State and Ferris State
: We had some tough years.
: Probably just playing in front of crazy crowds such as Michigan, Michigan State and Ferris State
Just being out there battling.
It's a battle playing in the CCHA and I had a blast.
Why don't you tell me about the night you scored two goals in a playoff game at Yost Arena?
Is there anything specifically that you remember from that night?
: I remember a lot of silence in that place and that's a tough place to do that in.
: I majored in Business Administration and it's kind of funny because I'm actually working with another gentleman who went to Lake State and played hockey with my brother, Jason Trzcinski.
: I've known the Oakland coaches here for quite some time, Sean Hogan and J.R. Dunn.
: There is definitely a lot of pressure to follow up that type of a year.
: At times, it's tough because you want to go out there and basically, when the team is down, you want to go out there and play as hard as you can, but you can't.