Player Profile: Joe Rogers

In this week’s player profile, we sat down with longtime FHL’er and multiple time winner of the FHL Good Guy award, Joe Rogers. Thanks for taking the time to meet with us Joe.

As an original member of the FHL, what are your thoughts on how far the league has come over the years? 

Man it’s crazy. To think the first time I played we had two teams running around a preschool’s playground and to see how far we’ve come, it’s really unbelievable. It’s a credit to the guys that have been playing. The longevity is because there are so many quality guys that come out to play and run things every week.

Do you have any favorite memories from the old days back at Franklin?

There’s so many. First and foremost would have to be when the Kings beat the Crosbys in the playoffs in what is, to this day, the greatest upset in league history. The place was rockin! Fences were shaking, people were screaming. It might as well have been John George VS The World that day. Secondly, was all the hitting. Crapshoot corner was a place that few people wanted to see. We used to crush each other.  Ask some of the guys that have been playing a while and they’ll tell you about some good hits, but almost all of them will point to one in particular: Dustin Hess nearly took Brian Barca’s head off when he was coming around the net one time. Those two memories stick out more than any others for me.

You’ve worn many different hats as a league member, captaining two different organizations, officiating when needed, and helping to organize this season after Commissioner George moved on. What has been your favorite role to play? 

I hate being a Captain to be honest, but I’m proud of that Whaler organization every time I see a good dump out there. I don’t mind being a leader of some sort, and talking trades is a blast, but running a franchise isn’t as easy as people think it is. I also hate reffing so those are both out. To be honest, I just like being a role player on my team. I like to be a stay at home and steady defenseman that kills penalties and never plays 4 on 4 or overtime or shoot in a shootout or plays on any type of man advantage.

Your squad, the Pirates currently sit in last place. What do you think the team needs to change moving forward?

I’d like to get a few more guys there, that’s for sure. I like the look of our roster on paper, but that’s meaningless. The guys that have been coming consistently have been fantastic. We’ve got a couple solid netminders to go to. I think we’ve got a ton of fire power, as well. We’ve got some real good finishers in Roy, Nicky Boy, and Faiello especially, and Andy can distribute with the best of them. I really like our “depth” guys that have been there as well. With the league as balanced as it is this year, every one is going to be in contention. 

We know your captain, Andy McDonald, can be a bit of a loose cannon at times. What’s it like living under the same roof as him?

Haha yea that guy is such a showman. You should see him Monday through Thursday. You can hardly get a word out of him. Get him competing in a sport, gambling, drinking, or some combination of the three and he’s out of control. He’s great though. Our personalities tend to mesh pretty well most of the time.

Do you feel any added pressure on the ice with how vocal Andy has been about being willing to move people?

No not really. I’m happy playing for the Pirates, and I trust my Captain to make the moves he needs to make. I don’t feel any pressure to do anything out of the ordinary, mainly because I don’t have the ability to do anything out of the ordinary.  I’ve been doing this for a long time and have always played the same style. I play a simple game and that’s all I’m ever going to do.

This may be off topic, but how many times would you guess you’ve seen the film “Orange County” since moving in with Andy? 

Next question.

Time to finish up with some quick hitters.

Favorite FHL player: John George
Favorite FHL team: Whalers
Toughest player to play against: Current, I’d say Jesse Lyons. His motor doesn’t stop. All-time, it’s Kortz. Nobody combined effort, physicality, and skill anywhere close to him.
Toughest goalie to play against: Current is Neutrelle. Jimmy’s the best of all time but fortunately I haven’t had to face him too much so I’d say Kwolek.

Favorite NHL player: Jordan Staal
Favorite Athlete: Kevin Owens

Favorite sports teams: Pirates, Penguins, Steelers, Jazz, Tottenham, Kyle Busch 

About FHL: Franklin Hockey League

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