#CapsDevCamp Profile: Shane Gersich
Shane Gersich was drafted by the Capitals in the 5th round (134th overall) at the 2014 NHL Draft. The Chaska, Minnesota native plays left wing and recorded 16 points (8g, 8a) and four penalty minutes in 26 games with the U.S. National Under-18 Team of the USHL in 2013-14. Shane is committed to play at the University of North Dakota in 2015-16.
What was the highlight of the 2014 Draft?
Hearing your name called is the most exciting part. You wait there for a little bit but it’s definitely worth it, especially sharing it with my parents. I had my mom and my dad out too so it was great.
Where you surprised to be selected by the Caps?
I talked with them at the combine but you never know who is going to call your name. To hear it by the Caps, it was definitely an honor.
Who is your hero?
I like watching Zach Parise play. Ever since he came to Minnesota I watched him a lot more, and he also went to University of North Dakota too, that’s kind of a coincidence, but it’s cool.
What is the best advice you’ve received?
Enjoy going to the rink everyday. Work hard. Your work ethic can take you a long ways but just enjoy hockey. It’s a fun sport and work hard every day.
Who was your most influential coach?
My old high school coach, Noel Rahn, he coached me AAA growing up and then he went to a high school, and I went to the high school that he coached at, so for sure him. He’s helped me all along the way.
What’s your favorite off-ice activity?
I like to stay pretty active — golf is my favorite thing to do off the ice.
What is the best golf score you’ve earned?
I shoot in the 70s quite a bit.
Why did you choose the University of North Dakota?
I have a lot of family blood lines with Minnesota but it was pretty much up to me, just going there and touring it, it’s obviously second-to-none facilities and the coaches are so professional. To make it to the next level you have to keep learning and their coaches are second-to-none at teaching that.
— Deborah Francisco