North American Skater
United States
POSITION: Defenceman
HEIGHT: 6' 2"
LAST CLUB TEAM: Peterborough, OHL
BIRTHDATE: 15 July 1990
BORN IN: Massena, NY, USA

On his style of play:  I think my strengths are skating and my (physical) strength.  I like to play defense, but I do like to play offense, too.  So I like to throw a little all-round in there.  I'm not afraid to get a little nasty and play physical.  So it's all about having fun, too, and I think I do have a lot of fun playing for Peterborough.


On patterning his game after Chris Chelios:  He's just a warrior, and he'll do anything it takes to win.  And he likes to compete and so do I. 


On getting his start in hockey:  I was 3 years old.  My dad was a football player, and all my uncles were football players. My dad's best friend is Mark Morris, and he's the AHL coach for the Manchester Monarchs.  He told my dad if he got me started in hockey, he thought I'd do all right.  My dad taught me how to compete, and Mr. Morris taught me the skills.  They are two key guys that really helped me out a lot.


On his dad, a former Syracuse football captain and his uncle, a former West Point football captain: They come and watch a lot of my games.  My uncle was an All-American, too.  So I think coming from a family of leadership, I kind of grew up in that pattern.  So they pretty much just told me you can't do everything for everyone, but you have to worry about yourself, and then worry about others, too.  So I think coming into this year, I am wearing an assistant captain and the role of that in Peterborough.  So I think I do try to be vocal, but I'm not a rah-rah guy.  I'm more of a lead by example kind of guy. 


On his motivation as a young player:  When I was younger, I just hated losing.  I wasn't on the best team, and we didn't win that much.  But I kept going back and back to the rink.  I played a lot outdoors hockey with my brothers and my cousins.  They helped me out a lot, just pushing me around.  Making me a little bit stronger and tougher.  It was pretty fun just growing up in Messina (New York).  I wasn't on the best team, but it was always fun to try to compete.


On his competitiveness:  I don't accept losing very well.  I'm not a poor sport, but I definitely take things to heart and I hate losing.  You know, if it's a one-on-one battle, I try to win all my battles.  If I lose one, I try to get right back out there and do it again and hopefully I'll come out on top.  So I really don't like to lose anything.


On Scott Stevens winning the Stanley Cup:  When Scott Stevens won the Stanley Cup in 2000 with New Jersey, I got a chance to spend five days with him at his cottage.  I saw him raise the Stanley Cup right in front of me.  And I saw the Conn Smythe trophy.  So it was pretty fun just to go there for five days because I played with his nephew when I was younger, and I was the only non-family member there.  I felt a little out of place, but I got treated very well, and it was a fun experience.


On playing for Ray Bourque at Cushing Academy:  My first year I was a little slow.  I was young and small, and I was on an old team and didn't get to play too much.  But I came into my tenth grade year, it would have been my draft year for the OHL, and Ray Bourque's son, that was his first year.  He was there as a volunteer assistant coach.  And he got on the ice with us probably three, four times a week.  Just the little things, nothing too put too much  but he taught me a lot of little things about coming in to the zone late and being deceptive coming up the ice.  So it was good to have him around.


On his superstitions:  I usually work on my sticks.  I'm pretty serious about my sticks.  If someone touches them, I have to untape them and put them back. I usually freak out if anyone touches them, but that's pretty much my only thing.


On his most embarrassing hockey moment:  I think it wouldn't be my most embarrassing, but probably my team's.  We lost 10-0 this year against Oshawa.  That was pretty tough for our organization to swallow.  That was probably my most embarrassing.  Just being out there at 10-0, it just wasn't fun -- any part of the game.


On his motivation to shut down the opponent’s top players:  I think my competitiveness comes into effect again.  I think just wanting to play against guys like Stamkos.  And just showing guys around the league that I can play with the top guys.  And hopefully I do pretty well against them.  But playing against Tavares and Maclean, the one-two punch (in Oshawa) it's kind of hard to contain both of them at the same time.  But I think going out and competing, if you work hard, I think it will get you a long way.


On having four Zachs in Peterborough:  Usually the guys on the team call me Boges or Bogey, it just goes with my last name.  But usually the coach comes in, he doesn't call me Boges, he calls everyone Zach, and everyone looks left and right and wondering -- I'm the only defenseman, so if he's talking about forwards screwing up, I think I'm all set.  But other than that, it gets pretty crazy when someone says Zach in the locker room.


On his favorite video game: My favorite video game is NHL '08.


On his most embarrassing song on his iPod: My most embarrassing song on my iPod is Bye Bye Bye by N'Sync.


On the one movie he would like to be in: If I could be in one movie I would be in "Gladiator."


On his favorite food to cook: My favorite food to cook is pasta, because it's not that hard.  You just put it in water, and let it go.