Light it up: Q&A with Eric Lampe

Jamie Palatini

The 2009-2010 season marks the final year for senior forward Eric Lampe with the Bobcats, and he is making the most of it. Originally from Madison, Wis., Lampe has amassed 25 points in 23 games (10 goals, 15 assists) this season, which currently ranks sixth in ECAC Hockey. In recognition of his strong start, Lampe was named a Hobey Baker Award nominee, along with teammate Brandon Wong.

Quinnipiac Chronicle: How did you get involved in hockey?
Eric Lampe: My family was always involved in hockey. My dad and two of his brothers played, and I think he really wanted me to get involved with that. My dad grew up around the hockey world with Bob Suter being one of his good buddies, as well as Mark Johnson (members of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” team). I was always around them and they taught me a lot. I grew up with Suter coaching me, along with my Dad.

QC: Wisconsin is a very big hockey state, and the University of Wisconsin always has a strong team. Why did you decide on Quinnipiac?
EL: I thought it was the best opportunity for me to shine. Even though going overseas for the Under-18 team helped me too, Wisconsin would have been great but I think I’m happier here because of how much I’ve played, and this kind of style fits me better than back at home.

QC: What has this season been like for you and the team?
EL: I think it’s good that we were put at the bottom, because our young guys wanted to prove themselves, and we wanted to prove ourselves as veterans. Our hot start obviously got our name out there, and it’s good for the program. Right now, it’s a struggle with this losing streak, but we’ve run into some hot goalies and it is what it is. Hopefully we’ll get out of it shortly and pick it back up.

QC: This year you were honored with a Hobey Baker Award nomination. What does that mean to you?
EL: It’s really such an honor. To be nominated is one thing, but for me to keep going and staying up with all of the other guys who have been nominated is another thing, and they’re all talented players. It’s just a real honor to be a part of that and to succeed. I think this year I’ve really come out and proved myself.

QC: What is your best hockey moment?
EL: My best moment would have to be the U-18 Championship game against Russia where I had two goals including the game winner.

QC: Who is the funniest guy in the locker room?
EL: Well it’s definitely not me (laughs). It’s probably our freshman goalie Eric Hartzell. I mean, all goalies are weird, but he can be a hoot every once in awhile.