Picked ninth in the most recent National Hockey League draft, forward Marco Rossi can feed off hope and hope for a place in the regular lineup of the Minnesota Wild next season.
Already, the Austrian seemed very confident on the day of his selection. Despite his 19 years, he said he was 100% ready, adding that his arrival with his new formation is the perfect scenario. Also, the general manager of the Wild, Bill Guerin, likes this overflowing enthusiasm from the one who amassed 120 points in 56 games with the Ottawa 67’s, in the Ontario Junior League, during the last campaign.
“He has that swaggering side. He believes in himself and he will bet on his chances. If he shows up at camp and does well enough, he can end up in the team. If not, we’ll figure out what’s best for him. I appreciate that he has that confidence, ”the GM commented on NHL.com.
The principal concerned can also thank his father Michael for all this enthusiasm and the hard work which brought him big. He did not hesitate to make long daily trips so that he could play hockey at a better level. These sacrifices eventually allowed the young Rossi to evolve with the GCK Lions in Switzerland.
“I started working at 6 am and tried to do my eight hours before 3 pm. I was coming home, going to pick up my son at 4 p.m. He did his homework with his mother most of the time and at 4:30 p.m. we were heading to Zurich. We got there around 6 pm and he was doing off-ice sessions at 6:30 pm, before training started at 7:30 pm It ended at 9 pm. He would get out of there around 10 p.m. and we were at home around 11:30 p.m. or midnight if there was congestion, ”explained the father.
Admittedly, these car rides were hardly relaxing, but they paid off, because here is Marco Rossi at the gates of the Bettman circuit. He is also grateful to his father who devoted many hours to the career of his offspring.
“When I was 13, I realized it wasn’t all for fun,” he said of those trips. I have since taken it very seriously and told myself that if I did this I would like to be a hockey player in the best league in the world. ”
Fortunately for Michael Rossi, the travels on the roads of Switzerland ended when his son arrived in Ottawa for the start of the 2018-2019 season. However, he does not regret anything.
“It was the best decision,” he admitted to NHL.com. I think it was the last piece of the Marco Rossi puzzle. He was able to take charge of his life and grow as an individual. I think it was very, very good for him. Ottawa has done a tremendous job. Every time I went there he had improved. It was amazing, I’m so proud of him. ”