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#15 Stephen Werner

Stephen Werner was loaned to the Springfield Falcons by the NHL's Washington Capitals on January 24. Werner played his college hockey at the UMass-Amherst from 2002-2006.

Question - How are things going for you this season?

Stephen Werner - Pretty good, I got off to a pretty good start down in South Carolina. Had some success and the team had some success. Went to Hershey and played eight games for them. That went pretty well also. And now they made the deal and hopefully they will give me an opportunity to play some more minutes and play more of a role. That's what I'm looking forward to, here in Springfield and the guys here have been great. I have seen a lot of playing time already and I am excited to continue the momentum.

Question - You have a strong connection to the Pioneer Valley. You played four years at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. What is it like to return to this area?

Stephen Werner - Oh, it's great. I mean it's the closest team to Amherst, where I went to school. I used to go to the Falcons games every once in a while when I was in college. So I'm really happy to be here and back into familiar territory. I keep in touch with a lot of the guys at UMass still and it's nice to be able to go back and visit with those guys.

Question - How was your experience playing for the Minutemen from 2002-2006?

Stephen Werner - It was great. I loved every year and made a lot of friendships and really improved as a hockey player. It's a great area to play hockey in and I'm looking forward to a lot of the same things here in Springfield.

Question - For the fans that haven't seen you play, how would you describe your style of play?

Stephen Werner - I like to think of myself as a two-way player. I bring a little bit of speed to the game and try to be a high energy player. So that is what I am going to try to bring to this team. I want to help the Falcons win some games and get into the playoffs.