Aleksejs Ivasenko is a Freshman at McKendree Univerisity, studying Economics and Finance. Originally from Riga, Latvia, Aleksejs has been playing hockey for 16 years and was trained by coaches from the NHL, NCAA D1, NCAA D3, ECHL, Soviet Union National Team, and Latvian National Team.
Aleksejs specializes on the defensive aspect of the sport that involves proper positioning in the zone, positioning on odd man rushes, puck movement, and the offensive blue line.
“As a player I have great understanding of what it is like to try to learn the sport. I know that it takes patience and hard work to succeed in hockey. As an instructor I will not only improve their skills on the ice, but also improve the key components of a great athlete: respect, discipline and passion.”
Fun Fact: Aleksejs speaks 3 languages- Latvian, Russian and English.