Goaltender and Captain
September 09 Interview.
Q. What are you doing differently in your training for the Olympics?
A. I didn't really change my training. I'm doing the same things as in previous years, just thinking of the Olympic season makes me try even harder than I have because Olympics are something special. Probably the most exciting competition event in the world.
Q. What did you learn playing hockey in other countries that was most helpful?
A. Playing in other countries gives you a different look on the game. The style is different in each country, different habits, I think it makes you a better player because you get to experience more. In each country the training is different as well, so you have to pick what fits you the most during your summer work outs.
Q. What was the most important influence in your hockey experience and why?
A. My biggest influence is of course my family, they have been supportive with whatever I did and if it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be where I am now. Other than them I don't really have any idols. What pushes me forward is the will to be better and accomplish something big. That is what keeps me going and making me work harder and harder.
Q. What is your contribution to the team?
A. Each player has a different role on the team. I am a goalie so my job is to keep the pucks outside of net. I'm trying to give the team the confidence that we need to win games and help as much as I can.
Q. What is your national teams biggest advantages and challenge?
A. Our biggest advantage is that we play with heart and that is how we qualified for the Olympics. We might not have the most talented team but we have the heart to leave everything on the ice and that is sometimes more valuable than all the talent. And of course our biggest challenge will be to compete against the top teams in the world.
Q. What would you ask your country's fans to do to support the team?
A. I would only ask them to support us no matter what the final score is. We are not going to win the Olympics, we are an underdog. So we will try our best to win some games. So only thing we can ask for is supporting us throughout the whole tournament.
Q. What is your strategy vs Canada and US?
A. I'm not the one responsible for strategy, that's what the coaches are for. But US and Canada are much further ahead than we are. They are great teams. All I can say that we won't give up anything without a fight. We go into each game with 100 percent effort.
Q. What is a regular training day for you?
A. My regular day is going to school (Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota) in the morning then two hours ice practice. On Mondays and Wednesdays after the on-ice practice, the team spends an hour in the weight room.
WCHA (Western Collegiate Hockey Association) Defensive Player of the Week Jan 20,2010
So., G, Bemidji State, Minnesota, USA
Bemidji State University’s Zuzana Tomcikova, a sophomore goaltender from Bratislava, Slovakia, made 25 saves last Friday (Jan. 15) and 44 more last Saturday (Jan. 16) as the host Beavers posted consecutive 1-1 ties with defending WCHA champion Minnesota.
Tomcikova, who posted six shutout periods in the series (including two overtime periods), has now made 633 saves on 673 shots on goal this season for a .941 saves percentage while recording a 1.97 goals-against average. She is currently ranked fifth in the country for saves percentage (.941) and third in the country for saves (633).