JT: For me, I just try to work as hard as I can. I take pride in being a team guy and working hard and playing a physical role. I understand that Iím not going to score a lot of points, but at the same time, I like to try to contribute a little bit that way. I think most of all, Iím a guy that will stick up for his teammates and play hard every night and hopefully be the kind of guy that others on the team can look up to. I guess thatís how I would characterize myself.
Q: I have read that you have been involved in a lot of charity work during your days at Green Bay of the USHL and are a solid person off the ice. How would you describe your personal character? Do you feel that part of being a good player on the ice has anything to do with your personality off the ice? Thanks and good luck. Ė Adam
JT: I think it has a lot to do with it. If I was trying to be a leader and a team player on the ice, I donít think it would make any sense to be causing trouble off the ice. I just try to live the same way that I play Ė keep my nose clean, keep working hard and continue to try to do the things that make me a better person, whether itís giving back to the community or things along those lines. I just live every day the way I play hockey Ė as hard and dedicated as I possibly can and also try to be the best person that I can be.
Q: Jake - congratulations. With your childhood friend Bryce Lampman also being part of the Rangers organization, what advice has Bryce given you in making the transition into professional hockey? Ė mattschulte
JT: Bryce and I played together all the way through youth hockey. Heís one of my really, really good friends. The nice thing about Bryce is that heís always been there for me. Heís just a good person and a good friend. We work-out together and train together during the summer. Itís really nice to have that comfort of him being there and just having that familiar face there (in Training Camp) will hopefully make my transition to the pro game a lot easier for me.
looks like we found a pair for hartford...lampman & taylor