J.T. Compher: CHP Exclusive Profile
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By Bob Miller CHP Managing Editor February 21, 2012
Even though J.T. Compher had connections from both the past and the future with the University of Michigan, current reasons to become a Wolverine in Michigan’s class of 2013 were just as important.
Compher’s grandfather, Richard Meyer, played basketball for Michigan and two of his future teammates, Tyler Motte and Evan Allen are committed to Michigan and are current teammates with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program (NTDP),
Even beyond those reasons, the path to Michigan was compelling to Compher.
“Many factors lead into me choosing Michigan,” said Compher, the son of Bob and Valerie Compher from Northbrook, Illinois. “It was the best place for me from the great education to the amazing hockey history. The chance to play for legendary coach Red Berenson and to play at Yost was something I couldn’t turn down. Also, I have family connections since my grandfather played basketball at U of M. The campus and huge student body also played into my decision but overall I think it is the best place for my hockey career and development and it gives me a very good chance to win a national championship.”
Motte and Allen will also join Compher, a 5-10, 170 pound center as Wolverines. Compher couldn’t resist supplying CHP with a bit of a scouting report on them.
“Tyler Motte and Evan Allen will also be joining me at the University of Michigan in a couple years,” said Compher. “They are two of my closer friends on the team along with being key contributors so far this season. Tyler was our captain for the international competitions and has been a great leader along with being a great line mate for me. Evan has been playing great as well as he lead our team in goals at the Under 17 World Challenge in Windsor. I can’t wait to compete with these guys at Michigan for a run at a national championship.”
Compher’s team-leading 36 points for the NTDP’s Under 17 squad includes 14 goals and 26 points and, despite his current lack of overwhelming size, his 47 penalty minutes (second highest on the team) are representative of the feisty mindset he carries onto the ice.
“My strengths as a hockey player are that I’m a two way center that can also make plays and score,” Compher told CHP. “One strength is my vision that helps me make plays and set up teammates. I also pride myself on being able to kill penalties and shut down other team’s top lines. I believe I am just as strong a center defensively as I am offensively.”
Here’s the rest of the conversation between College Hockey Prospective and Compher:
On advancing forward beyond his current level:
“I’m working to improve in almost every area of my game. I’m especially working on my skating and becoming a more efficient skater. I’m always working on my shot along with my strength in the weight room. I feel I have a lot to improve on and many ways to make myself a better player.”
On his other college options:
“My top three schools were Notre Dame, Miami of Ohio and the University of Michigan. All three are great hockey schools with outstanding academics and very well respected coaching staffs.”
On the special qualities of international play:
“The chance to play for my country and to put on the USA jersey is an indescribable feeling. There is an amazing sense of honor and pride to wear that crest and the colors and I try to cherish it every chance I get. When I hear the national anthem, it inspires me because I know I am representing my country along all the men and women who serve in the armed forces. I know my parents feel the same way and love seeing me in that jersey, it even it brings tears to my mom’s eyes when she sees me in the red, white and blue.”
On taking advantage of the NTDP opportunity:
“The NTDP has helped my development in many ways. I have seen improvements in many parts of my game since I have been here. The weight room has helped with my strength, the cross training has helped my conditioning and practicing against the best players in the country every day has helped an insane amount. The mental training and nutrition information has also been very useful along with the extra work the coaches put in going over film with me and making sure I am learning from all the mistakes I make. In my opinion there is no better place to develop as a player.”