Tristan Cruz of the Detroit Fighting Irish of the U.S. Premier Hockey League is known around the team as a “jock of all trades.”
According to Fighting Irish coach-general manager Dan Vasquez, Cruz wears many hats.
Off ice, Cruz is the team carpenter, designer and engineer as he constantly makes cosmetic improvements to the Fighting Irish locker room.
Meanwhile, on ice, Cruz has built a reputation as tenacious player in all zones.
A 1997 birth-year forward in his fourth season of junior hockey, Cruz has become the player that is a force in every situation, according to Vasquez.
Vasquez is quick to state that Cruz is the “type of player that no matter what line combination that you place him on, that combination of players seems to produce offensively and defensively as a unit.”
A seasoned veteran who combines hockey with being a sophomore engineering major at Lawrence Technology, Cruz also carries the added responsibility of being the captain of the Fighting Irish.
“One thing for sure is that with Tristan in the lineup you can expect that hard work and passion will not be an issue,” said Vasquez, in further praise of Cruz.
IRISH AT HOME
The Fighting Irish returns to the friendly confines of Brownstown Sports Center this weekend to face off against the Forest Lake Minnesota Lakers in a two-game set.
Game times are 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.