Editor's Note: This feature originally appeared in the August 28 edition of the Daily Mining Gazette.
HOUGHTON, Mich. – With an interest in majoring in exercise science and physiology, and hoping to continue on to physical therapy school, T.J. Polglaze is one of 11 new Huskies to hit the ice this season. The forward from Beloit, Wisconsin looks to bring a strong presence to Michigan Tech hockey.
"I like to be that workhorse that brings solid energy," said Polglaze, "(that) solid guy on and off the ice. They say I'm a high character guy that likes to lead by example, and I can't wait to bring that to the Huskies this year."
Polglaze hopes to bring a positive energy that will help carry the team to another postseason milestone.
"I'm just hoping to bring that good presence, (a) hard-working mentality to the team this year," said Polglaze. "You know, just being a good guy on and off the ice, leading by example and hopefully win a national championship. We need to bring one back to Michigan Tech, for sure."
The right-shooting winger spent three seasons with the North American Hockey League's Janesville Jets, where he played last season for former Huskies' assistant coach Gary Shuchuk. Polglaze scored 43 total points, a 31-point bump from his 2016-17 season, in his last year as a Jet, which should help prepare him for his college debut.