April 19, 2010

Is a decision coming for 2012 defender Webermin?

Honeybaked defenseman Grant Webermin entered USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Evaluation Camp March 27-30 repeating in his mind the same mantra: "Play Grant Webermin hockey."

What is Grant Webermin hockey?

"Being a dominant shutdown defenseman and I think I did that really well," Webermin said. "I see myself as a role-playing defenseman. Against some teams, you want to jump up in the offense and create plays and against other teams you've got to sit back and take defense first. I think I'm an all-around defenseman to sum it up."

Webermin was invited to the camp due to his proficiency on the blue line for Honeybaked, which he switched over to from offense three seasons ago. Boasting an accurate shot from the point, Webermin likes to keep the puck low hoping for a tip from his forwards or a rebound.

"The game has really clicked in for Grant over the past two years, finding a home and a role on defense," Honeybaked Coach Todd Gardiner said. "He stood out with his play this season, especially due to his speed and in-your-face aggressiveness."

At 5-11, 165 pounds, Webermin relies on his swift skating to propel him to the higher hockey ranks. He compares his game to Los Angeles Kings' defenseman Jack Johnson's.

"I would describe it as having a lot of speed, getting the puck out from the corner, using your speed to make the first pass, perfecting the first pass and jumping up to the offense when you're needed and be a solid shutdown defenseman when you're needed," the Novi, Mich., native said.

Webermin may just follow Johnson's footsteps when it comes to college plans as well. Currently Webermin has Johnson's alma mater, Michigan, as a top choice.

"The coaches -- Mel Pearson, Billy Powers and Red Berenson -- are just very welcoming and the things they do at their program are second to none for sure," Webermin said.

The closeness to Webermin's home in Novi also doesn't hurt.

"Obviously I grew up around here so I think Michigan was always important but if I'm quite honest, Michigan has always been my top school," he said. "You know where your home is and you know that home is where the heart is and when you go to Yost Ice Arena the first time and you see the atmosphere -- it's very passionate.

"Being in an atmosphere at Yost where you have all the screaming fans behind you and the energy level is something you can feed off and would really suit my game."

Webermin has visited and talked to Michigan for the last couple of months but he still has other options in mind. He is interested in seeing what Boston College, Yale, Michigan State and Boston University have to offer.

"The city and the amount of success Boston College has had over the years are important," Webermin said. "Obviously they just got another national championship under their belts but I think in a little bit we're going to take a trip out East and see a couple of the colleges and stuff.

"At least that's the plan for now, but the amount of success and the speed Boston College has on their team and the skill set on that team is something that suits mine."

Webermin is positive he has a lot to offer to any college program.

"I mentioned being a role player but if you have a big situation, I've always been the player to get out there during a key situation when the pressure's on so I think, definitely, I could add a lot of character to the team and the structure and a lot of things off the ice as well as on the ice," he said.

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