- John Petito
- West Islip, NY
- Tournament Team
- Buffalo Fusion
- Current Team
- 2017 Men’s Team USA
- Past Teams
- 2015 Men's World Ball Hockey Championship, 2017 Men's World Ball Hockey Championship
If you switched from a different form of hockey (i.e. field hockey, ice hockey), how hard was the transition?
I am a big roller hockey guy and have played overseas in Spain, competed in big tournaments like NARCh, TORHS, and State Wars. You find it does get difficult going back and forth between a puck or ball, skates and running, but you learn to adjust and you work all year round on crafting your game.
How hard is it to pick up with your team at the USA camps, when you only play with each other every few months?
It is important for our camps to be specific on what we want to try to accomplish come June when we arrive in Switzerland. Going into camp, I think majority of us have played together some time or another. I think were going to gel really well.
What is the most exciting thing about playing in a foreign country? (Switzerland)
I think it has to be the atmosphere. Switzerland is going to be electric. Their country is providing some of the greatest facilities any of us are going to play in. On top of that, playing in front of all those fans?.. It’s going to be really exciting.
What are you most looking forward to?
It’s got to be winning. Team USA is going there to win a gold medal. We aren’t taking anyone lightly. Whether you’re the defending champions or if you’re the underdog, we want to beat you.
What does representing your country mean to you?
It means the world to be one of the 25 guys that gets to wear the sweater.
What is your ultimate goal while being a part of the USA Team?
I think our goal, as a team is clear, it’s to go to Switzerland with one thing on our minds, to win gold. The United States is going to prove some people wrong.
2015 Men's World Ball Hockey Championship
2017 Men's World Ball Hockey Championship
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