Q & A With Future Bulldogs: Kobe Roth

Future Bulldog Kobe Roth had one helluva season this past year - leading the state of Minnesota in both goals with 40 and points with an obnoxious 85.

Roth hit the radar big this past fall in the Upper Midwest High School Hockey Elite League.  His smooth skating and ability to fine the back of the net interested scouts around coaches around the area, including UMD.

Roth was kind enough to do a short Q and A session with me this past season.  Although Roth has a couple years until he'll throw on the maroon and gold Bulldog sweater, but his arrival and commitment were both big steps forward for the program.

Tell me about yourself... What do you do in your past time?

I was born in Mason City, Iowa and lived their until 8th grade which is when I moved to Warroad. I grew up in Iowa playing hockey, baseball, and football. Due to Warroad always having ice available, I was always skating and did not have much time for the other sports. In my off time I enjoy golfing with friends and I like to be out on the lake.

Tell me about where you're from and what it's like growing up in HockeyTown, USA?

Moving to Warroad was the best decision I have made. The hockey tradition of Warroad is amazing; every time I put on the Warroad jersey it's an honor. It's crazy thinking about all of the great hockey players that have come out of Warroad and you get to play for the same team as they did in high school.

Can you describe how much the sport of hockey means to Warroad?

Hockey is a very big deal in Warroad.  The population of only 2,000 people has not stopped it from producing college, nhl, and even olympic hockey players. There's a reason it is Hockeytown, USA.

How did you come about choosing UMD? What drew you to the school, the town, and the team?

Duluth has always been one of my favorite college hockey teams, so when I got offered to commit it was an easy decision. It was an exciting moment for me because it has always been my dream to play college hockey. Duluth is a beautiful town with a great hockey program and I am honored to be able to be apart of it.

What is your plan for junior hockey?

I am not apart of any junior team at the moment but at the end my high school career I plan to play in the USHL until I feel like I am matured enough and ready for the college level.

Tell me about Jared and your commitment to UMD with him?

Jared and I have been line mates since first year bantams in 8th grade. We have always wanted to play college hockey together and for it to be actually happening is pretty surreal. Jared is a great hockey player who works hard on and off the ice to better his game. Being able to commit to Duluth with not only my line mate, but my best friend is something not many people can say.