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Tauros 20 Questions: #25 Jake Dittel

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; Yesterday we heard from Austin Martinsen  and today we hear from Jake Dittel. Come back tomorrow to hear from veteran Luke Davison.  For links to all of the past Tauros 20 Questions look to the bottom of this page.

Jake Dittel skated in a big shadow last season as the defense partner of departed Tauros’ Captain Jon Lizotte.  As the Captain’s wingman Dittel posted five goals and eight assists and a +9 rating.  Now with Lizotte gone to St. Cloud State Dittel is one of the favorites to get his former defensemate’s “C.”  The rugged defenseman is a nightmare to play against as his physical play is often right on the edge, which lead to him being whistled for six misconducts last season.  Dittel is not just a physical threat; he is sound defensively and makes good decisions, which is why he was trusted to be on the Tauros top pair last season from the start as a rookie.  Now a veteran with two seasons of eligibility remaining Dittel will anchor the Tauros top pair. 

From the Coach’s Office: What's not to love about Jake Dittel? He plays the game the right way, and is a "team first" guy as soon as he steps on the ice. He was outstanding last season, playing on our top defensive pairing, most nights playing against the opposing teams top line. Jake makes it difficult on the opposition with his in your face type of game, and will be a key on our solid back end this season. This comes without surprise, but Jake has shown exceptional leadership so far in camp.  – Head Coach Marty Murray

20 Questions

Do you have a nickname: Ditts

Older/younger siblings: One younger – Joe

Favorite NHL team/player: Arizona Coyotes/ Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Why (if you did) did you pick your number: I was a rookie last year and all the numbers I wanted were taken

Pregame routine: Tape stick up in the bleachers and do the team warmup

Ideal pregame meal: peanut butter and jelly

Any hockey superstitions: Not really

Best hockey memory: Sweeping Bismarck last year in the first round of playoffs

Personal goals for this season: Make it to top prospects

Favorite school subject: Math

Favorite vacation spot: Aruba

Favorite zoo animal: The little monkey with the mustache

Favorite junk food: I would have to say my billet moms pickle dip but Nigel said I can't have too much during the season

Favorite musician: The old Taylor Swift

What song would you sing for Karaoke: Burn by Usher

Favorite cartoon as a kid: SpongeBob SquarePants

Hidden talent: Very good at shootouts

Who is your dream date: Sophia Bush

Who would play you in a movie: The Rock

If you could go back in time when/where would you go: Probably my family trip to Cancun, Mexico 3 years ago

 

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