By: Ken Oda, minotauroshockey.com
As the season approaches we will be giving you a chance to meet the new Tauros as well as learn a little more about the returning players by asking them 20 questions. We will be going in number order, so to kick off the series meet Jon Flakne, and come back tomorrow to hear from Johnny Walker.
Jon Flakne’s name should sound familiar to many Tauro fans as he skated with the team briefly last season as an affiliate player before signing a tender for this season. In his one game of action he stopped all 19 shots he faced to shut out the Brookings Blizzard on March 19th in Brookings. With both Atte Tolvanen and Tanner Holmes moving on Flakne will compete for the starting job right away.
Aside from his one game with the Tauros last season Flakne starred for Orono High School in Minnesota posting a .919 SV% and 2.27 GAA along with 4 shutouts. It may not look it after Tauros fans have cheered for Tyler Parks (6’6”) and Merrick Madsen (6’4”) but Flakne is a big goaltender at 6’2” and 195 lbs. His size does not appear to hinder his athletic ability as he made three different post-to-post saves on odd man rushes in his shutout of Brookings.
From the Coaches Office: “Jon is a very technical goaltender who covers a lot of net and stays square to the puck. He is very poised between the pipes and his rebound control is very good. Jon pushes himself everyday to get better, and we see him as a guy that will challenge for big minutes this season.” – Marty Murray
Do you have a nickname: Flaks
Older/younger siblings: Older Sister (Jessica)
Favorite NHL team/player: Minnesota Wild
Why (if you did) did you pick your number: It was assigned
Pregame routine: Stretching with Music
Ideal pregame meal: Chicken Caesar Salad
Any hockey superstitions: None
Best hockey memory: Beating the No. 1 ranked Break Mustangs in the Section 2A Final to go to the Minnesota High School State Tournament in 2014.
Personal goals for this season: Lead the Tauros deeper than ever before into the Playoffs.
Favorite school subject: Math
Favorite vacation spot: My cabin in northern Minnesota
Favorite zoo animal: Penguin
Favorite junk food: Reese Peanut Butter Cups
Favorite musician: Eric Church
What song would you sing for Karaoke: Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy) – Big and Rich
Favorite cartoon as a kid: Scooby Doo
Hidden talent: I’m artistic
Who is your dream date: Carrie Underwood
Who would play you in a movie: Michael Mantenuto
If you could go back in time when/where would you go: Lake Placid, New York 1980