Senior Goaltender a Wall in Net for Sabers

Somers senior Tim Henning is a team captain and starting goaltender for the Sabers. Credits: File photo

Somers senior Tim Henning is the starting goaltender and a team captain on the Somers/North Salem varsity ice hockey team.

How old were you when you first started playing ice hockey and how did you get started?

I was two when I put on skates for the first time, but I didn’t start hockey until I was about six. My dad had played his entire life, so he had me give it a try. I’ve loved it ever since. 

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What are the team’s goals this season?

Win as many games as we can.

The team is off to a strong start this season. What’s been the key to the strong start?

Keeping things simple. The more you try to overthink things the harder the game gets.

Have you always been a goaltender and what is it like being the last line of defense for the team? What are your strengths as a goalie?

I started playing playing goalie when I was in first grade. I played out the year before. Being in goal is a huge mental test, I guess that’s what I like about it.  Moving quickly and making saves that are in close are the best aspects of my game.

As a senior captain, how do you see your role on the team, and how much do you value being a team leader?

Being a captain is something very special. I’m trying to do the same things I did last year to keep the team playing the hockey that we are capable of.

What is your favorite team activity, pre-game or post-game ritual that you share with your teammates?

I love listening to music in the locker room with my team before and after games.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

My dad has always been there to help me along the way and is the reason I’m playing hockey today. He has always told me that in life, “It’s not about what happens to you, but how you react to it.” There have been a lot of times when those words have been very helpful to me.

Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?

When I’m not playing hockey I enjoy playing golf, hiking and kayaking.

Do you plan on continuing to play hockey in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you choose that school?

I’m not sure what I’m doing with hockey next year. I’ve given some thought about playing juniors in order to play at the NCAA level. Otherwise, I’ll definitely be playing club hockey.

Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?

I want to major in finance and become an investment banker after school. Eventually, I’d like to work for a private equity firm.

Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?

Mike Smith and Carey Price are my favorite pro goalies. I’ve been a big Montreal Canadiens fan ever since I was a little kid.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?

Nearly anything, but right now my favorite song is “Old Thing Back” by Biggie Smalls and Matoma.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

I would choose the the power to read minds; I’d love to know what other people are thinking.

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?

Kiawah Island in South Carolina seems like the perfect vacation: warm weather, privacy, golf, beaches and kayaking.

What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?

Of all my weird superstitions; I’m not too picky about what I eat before or after a game. I just try to make sure it’s something healthy.

Best place to eat in Somers and why?

Froggy’s (Deli) makes some pretty good sandwiches; I always get a blazon buffalo on a tomato wrap. Il Forno also makes some really good cannolis.

Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?

Instagram, you don’t have to post something every five minutes.

For a young athlete growing up in Somers, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the ice hockey program and why should they go out for the team?

Being involved in any sport whether it be hockey, football or baseball gives kids experiences that you cannot find anywhere else. Sports have definitely shaped me into the person I am today. Hopefully all young kids can find a sport they enjoy because I think it’s an important part to growing up and something you can carry with you for the rest of your life.

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