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Prospect Report: Zane Gothberg

by Taylor Walker / Boston Bruins -- Selected by the Bruins as a 17-year-old , Zane Gothberg was one of the youngest members of the NHL Entry Draft class of 2010.

Still, the six-foot-one, 177 lb goaltender has garnered significant achievements in his now 18 years.

Gothberg received the Frank Brimsek Award as Minnesota‟s top senior goalie during his last year at Thief River Falls High School when he recorded an 18-8-1 record and posted a 1.81 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage in 28 games. He also represented Team USA in the World Junior A Challenge in Canada Nov 12-14.

This year, the Minnesota native is honing his skills with the Fargo Force of the USHL while he prepares for both a college and NHL career.

“You‟re just expected to produce and go out there and play and give it everything you‟ve got,” he said. “It definitely just puts in perspective that you need to be that much better and be that much harder and just work on the little things to develop your game and to catch up to those players who are already on that level.”

So far this season, he has a goals-against average of 2.45 and a .890 save percentage in seven games with the Force. He expects to take his place between the pipes at the University of North Dakota in the Fall of 2012.

“Coming from a small town, you‟re kind of expected to do big things, so I‟m just trying to stay calm and level-headed and just go from there,” he said of his upcoming college debut.

His goaltending style has been compared to Bruins veteran netminder and Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas.

“One thing that‟s huge about Tim Thomas is he never gives up whether it‟s a shot here or a rebound there. I‟ve styled my play after him a little bit.”

Zane attended the Boston Bruins Development Camp this summer, and spoke of the grueling physical training and overall positive experience.

“The ex-Marines, they just went into their back pockets and picked out the toughest things to do, and obviously we came together as a group.

“The tougher the challenge was, the more it pulled us together, which was really great.”
The young goalie walked away from Dev Camp with one thing in mind.

“It‟s kind of cliché but it‟s the truth where consistency as a goaltender, consistency is the biggest factor in playing well and getting to the next level. I just have to be consistent.”
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