Adam Naglich, an ’84, grew up in Las Vegas and skated on the ‘Red Line’ with Josh Jasek and Eddie Samuels on a Rob Pallin-coached 2001-02 Las Vegas Mustangs 18u team which won the Pacific District Regionals and played in the U.S. Nationals. From there, Adam played with the BCHL Victoria Salsa, was a captain with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks, played in the ECHL with the Bakersfield Condors and finished his hockey career in Europe. He will be a coach this season in the AAA Vegas Jr Golden Knights youth hockey program.– Lee
ADAM NAGLICH – TEN QUESTIONS
#1 What was it like to play hockey in Europe
“The league I played in Europe was similiar to playing in North America. I would say it’s a little bit less physical and with the bigger ice you have more time to set up a play.”
#2 Were you born in Las Vegas and when did you play hockey
“I was born in Las Vegas. My first year was playing for the midget team Las Vegas Mustangs. My coach was Rob Pallin.
#3 Do you remember your first goal
“I don’t remember my first goal in midget hockey. I only remember being able to stop on one side as I really struggled during my transfer from roller hockey to ice hockey.
#4 Looking back, what did playing for AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u mean to you – playing on a team which went to the U.S. Nationals.
“I had a lot of fun that year. We had a great team and group of guys. I remember a big win over Shattuck St. Mary’s 2nd team in Colorado and also a win over the AAA L.A. Jr Kings at the Santa Fe Ice Arena in Las Vegas.
#5 What was the transition like, going from midget hockey to junior hockey with the BCHL Victoria Salsa
“The jump from midgets to junior was the biggest I ever took. You go from playing against kids to men.”
#6 How many times have you worn the ‘C’ and for what teams.
“The only time I wore the C was in my senior year for the University of Fairbanks.”
#7 What coaches or hockey folks helped you advance to the next level.
“When I was younger playing roller hockey, Larry Sanford always gave me great advice and taught me how to play the game the right way. When I moved to ice hockey Rob Pallin was very helpful. He spent countless hours with me in the summer after my first year of playing ice hockey. It really gave me a great chance to be one of top players the following year, giving me an opportunity in junior hockey.”
#8 Did you go to tryout camps when you were younger.
“I didn’t start playing ice hockey until I was 16 so I didn’t have an opportunity to attend any camps.”
#9 Tell us about your family
“My wife Jaime and I have two children. They are both girls – Ava and Harper.
#10 Do you still play competitive roller
“I have not played roller in years.
#11 What advice do you have for any young player in Las Vegas
“The best advice I was given was always do the small things on the ice when no one is looking.”
#12 – What hockey websites do you read.
“I always look at eliteprospects.com and NHL.com”