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Geoff Paukovich

Springfield Falcons rookie forward Geoff Paukovich is entering his first season of pro hockey after spending the previous three years with the University of Denver Pioneers. Paukovich was originally drafted by the Edmonton Oilers with their second pick, 57th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Question: How have you adjusted to your first professional training camp?

Geoff Paukovich: It's been a transition, I spent the previous few seasons playing college hockey, so coming to the rink as a pro has been a little different. Training camp has been a learning experience, we would practice for a couple of hours, and also do some work in the weight room. Overall, it's been a good experience.

Question: How did it feel to attend the Edmonton Oilers rookie camp earlier this year and put on an NHL jersey?

Geoff Paukovich: It was amazing, to be able to participate in an NHL camp is a great feeling, it's my first year pro and I just want to work hard each day. The rookie camp was a great experience, to be able to get a chance to see how I match up against other rookies was a good test and I was happy to have the opportunity.

Question: How was your experience at the University of Denver?

Geoff Paukovich: It was very exciting, I grew up in Colorado and rooting for the University of Denver, so that was a huge thrill to play for the Denver program. It's a great place to play and I was fortunate to have a chance to put on the Pioneers jersey.

Question: You were a member of the 2005 National Championship team at Denver, did that experience help you know what it takes to win?

Geoff Paukovich: I think anytime you have a chance to be part of a championship, you feel very lucky to have that moment. We had a great group of guys at Denver and it was a fun place to be, I enjoyed every day, but I am ready to work hard as a pro and earn a spot in Springfield.

Question: What are your goals during training camp?

Geoff Paukovich: Just to try and earn a spot on the roster. There are a lot of guys competing for a chance to play in Springfield and I just want to compete hard every day.