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Bogo Reflects

Zach Bogosian looks back on season and his transition to Winnipeg.

Wednesday, 18.04.2012 / 4:23 PM / Feature
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content

The off-season is a time to sit back, relax and take a breather. It is also a time for players and coaching staff to reflect, inspect and dissect the season and look forward to the season ahead.

Zach Bogosian reflected on his first season in Winnipeg from a personal aspect and despite the disappointment of missing the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, he was overall content with his progress and with where his game sits at today. Sure, he had his share of ups and downs with injuries that held him to just 65 games, but that aside, he made huge strides towards becoming the player he wants to be.

“I feel a lot better about it,” Bogosian said about his season. “Last year I had my struggles and a lot of ups and downs. When you have a year like that, I had a lot to prove to myself and to the organization that I could be the player that I want to be. I think I’m moving in the right direction.”

The 21-year-old from up-state New York set a career high for assists and points, finishing with five goals and 30 points. Last year, he finished with five goals and 17 points. His most noticeable improvement was his plus-minus column. After finishing at minus-27 last year he improved to a minus-3 this year.

Working under the wing of assistant coach Charlie Huddy, Bogosian believes that it’s been a combination of good coaching and a comfortable living situation that has made all the difference, and making the transition to Winnipeg was the easiest part.

“For whatever reason, I’ve seemed to find a home here and know my role,” said Bogosian. “Being from a small town, I guess being in a big city you never really feel comfortable, but Winnipeg seems like a ‘little-big’ town, I guess.

"It has definitely been comforting to live here, just knowing that everything is so close and having the support that we have is great."

Like many of the players on the roster, Bogosian has only Atlanta to compare to at the NHL level. He, along with several other players around the room were quick to express their gratitude to the Winnipeg fans and let them know just how much fun it is to play at the MTS Centre.

It's my kind of city. It's a blue-collar city where everyone works hard and everyone is friendly. I like it a lot." - Zach Bogosian

“Playing in front of a fan-base like this is always fun,” he said. “You know there is always going to be an extra player on the ice at all times. It’s a great atmosphere to play in front of every night.”

What surprised Bogosian the most about Winnipeg was how well the fans actually knew them, on and off the ice.

“Whether it’s at the grocery store or out having a beer, everyone just knows who you are,” he said. “I didn’t really know what it was going to be like when I was home in the summer last year, but it’s been great to see how happy people are to have us back and the support we get is unbelievable."

Bogosian returns to his small hometown of Massena, NY for the summer, where he enjoys spending time with his dogs and his active hunting hobby.

“May 1st is turkey season....so up-state New York will be in some trouble!” he chuckled.

Author: Kristi Hennessy

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01