Interview with Royals Scott Wietecha

This article can be found published in the April issue of Center Ice Hockey Magazine and on their website.
Scott Wietcha has played a role in the upgraded Royals defense in 2012-13. (M Richter)

Scott Wietcha has played a role in the upgraded Royals defense in 2012-13. (M Richter)

Scott Wietecha is not new to the ECHL. The 25 year old has spent time with the Elmira Jackals and now-defunct Chicago Express before joining the Reading Royals.

Wietecha, who hails from Wolverine Lake, Mich., signed with the Hershey Bears of the AHL over the summer, but because of the trickle-down effect of the NHL lockout, he was assigned to the Royals.

In his 16 games with Reading this season, the defenseman has tallied three goals and two assists.

Center Ice caught up with Wietecha after a win over the divisional rival Trenton Titans.

Center Ice: Was it pretty much destined for you to become a hockey player in Michigan?

Scott Wietecha: “Yeah. I had a lot of roller hockey games in the neighborhood growing up as a kid, but I actually couldn’t tell you how I got into hockey. No one in my family played hockey before me. I fell victim to the [Detroit] Red Wings success in the ‘90s and stuck with it.”

Center Ice: Did you always want to be a defenseman or did you switch?

Wietecha: “I played a little bit of both growing up with skill development. I turned into a defenseman when I was about 14 years old and stuck with it.”

Center Ice: Is there any player who you model yourself after?

Wietecha: “I just try to do the little things – the things that make a difference. Maybe someone like Vladimir Konstantinov or Shea Weber.”

Center Ice: As a member of the Chicago Express last season, what was it like to watch the team go under?

Wietecha: “I kind of saw it coming. When you put 500 fans in the stands, it doesn’t really work out so well. Chicago, the city, was awesome. The fans were great. It’s sad to see that team go.”

Center Ice: What was it like to be signed by the Hershey Bears?

Wietecha: “It was awesome signing with Hershey. A dream come true. I attended a couple camps with the Washington Capitals and was able to be seen by Hershey. They are a top-notch organization.”

Center Ice: You probably expected to start with Hershey, but how are you taking your assignment to Reading?

Wietecha: “Reading is an awesome spot to play hockey. All the fans, the team, the facility, the coaches, the guys are all awesome. I’m hoping to make it back to the American League and get a chance, but with this lockout, it hinders some things. I can control only what I can control, which is show up to the rink and work hard every day.”

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