Aug. 31, 2005

What about Ohio State made you most attracted to the university when you decided to come here?
It was an opportunity to coach, and I wanted to stay in coaching. It was an available position in a league which I had competed in, and it was close to my wife’s home.

What one person had the biggest impact on the coaching style that you have today? Why?
Ron Mason who I played under at Bowling Green.

Who was your favorite professional hockey team growing up? Why?
The Montreal Canadians because I could watch them on television all the time on Hockey Night in Canada

How old were you when you first put on skates?

Who was your favorite professional hockey player growing up?
Bobby Orr.

Which was more meaningful, going to the Frozen Four as a player or coach? Why?
There is nothing that compares to being a player. I need to send that message to kids while they have this opportunity.

Would John Markell the player get along with John Markell the coach?
I would in this day in age because the style of play when I played was more open offensively. I would have appreciated being coached the way the kids are coached today. And that’s in all of college hockey. You learn to play more without the puck now and you have to have that if you want to make it to the next level.

Out of all the different levels of hockey you have played at, which one was the most fun? Why?
Nothing compares to college. You’re playing for the crest on the front of you sweater.

Was it always your goal to be head coach at a division I university?
No I didn’t really think about it. I thought maybe pro hockey because I played so long that I thought that would be more my style but I adapted. When I came back from Europe, I was looking for a position, and was very lucky to land this job.

What do you think about the growth of hockey in Ohio, and how do you think that will help the program?
Well we’ve had good success. And then having the Blue Jackets here helps a lot. It is great having a professional hockey team in your state, and even better to have one right here in Columbus. It’s tweaked the interest of all the young kids. They’re growing up now thinking hockey and not just football, basketball, and baseball. In fact you might see more of hockey than other three sports. And now we’re starting to get great athletes playing the game of hockey and we should benefit from that in the future. The interest that Ohio State and the Blue Jackets have generated, and the good athletes playing the game from an early age against good competition, it’s only natural that you’re going to develop some players.