JV Spotlight: Will Bodine, Evanston High School Hockey

By Ross Forman

Will Bodine is in his second season on the Evanston High School JV team and his play is slightly changing.

“Usually, I consider myself a defensive defenseman, but this year I have become more offensive,” said Bodine, 16, a sophomore who lives in Evanston.

The left-handed shooting Bodine has skated for Evanston since he was a mite.

“I am excited about this season,” he said. “We are off to a decent start and I hope we pick it up and start playing (better) as a team.

“(My personal goals this season are) to be a leader on the team and improve my all-around game. We will be ready for the (league) playoffs and make a great run (at state).”

Jersey Number: 2 – “Growing up a (Chicago) Blackhawks fan, I have always been a fan of Duncan Keith.”
Favorite NHL Team: Blackhawks
Favorite NHL Player: Roman Josi
Favorite Sport (other than hockey): Football
Favorite Pro Athlete: Khalil Mack
Favorite app: Instagram
Favorite TV Show: The Office
Favorite Movie: Miracle on Ice
Favorite Sports Movie: Miracle on Ice
Favorite Pregame Meal: Chicken caesar salad and chicken fingers from Old Neighborhood Grill.
Best Hockey Tips: “My defensive coach (Darius Mack) helps me to improve every time on the ice, like watching my gaps and other defensive fundamentals.”
Teammate Who, Someday, Could Be a Hockey Coach: Drew McDermott – “He is always listening and asking questions.”
Hardest Slapshot on Team: “I haven’t seen a solid slap shot this year, but my defensive partner last year (Karlo Papa) had a cannon, (which) got me several assists.”
Most Accurate Shot on Team: “Yet to be determined.”
One Pregame Motivational Song: “At the moment, it would be hard to just pick one; I listen to Juice WRLD and Lil Baby.”
The 2019 Stanley Cup Champion Will Be: Nashville Predators
Best High School Jersey (other than ETHS): “I don’t pay attention to the other team’s jerseys.”
Worst High School Jersey: “Once again, I really don’t pay attention to their looks.”

Ross Forman has written about Illinois high school hockey for more than 15 years and is the only sportswriter to have covered Illinois High School hockey every year during that stretch. He played locally and then at Indiana University before becoming a referee. Ross was a referee for the State Championship game several years ago at the United Center. Contact Ross by email at Rossco814@aol.com.

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