Time ticked down as the anticipation grew nearer. The Hershey Bears were soon to be the 2010 Calder Cup Champions. Defenseman Zach Miskovic had just won a professional championship in his rookie season.
“It was an amazing experience,” Miskovic said. “They won [the Calder Cup] the previous year. It was really cool to be part of a winning culture. [The Bears] really knew how to create that. They had great leadership; not just one guy, it was several guys. I think that really showed when it came crunch time. We had very high-skilled guys that put everything on the line no matter what was going on. Even the chemistry off the ice and getting to learn from all those guys. It was a big season for me in my professional career.”
It is safe to say that Miskovic fed off of the leadership that he was taught during his tenure in Hershey. He was the assistant captain of the Rockford IceHogs in 2014-15 and then would be named captain of the Indy Fuel for the following five seasons.
“I was really impressed with how the Indy Fuel hold themselves within the community,” the 33-year-old said. “That’s something that really resonated with me and what I really wanted to be a part of and grow with Indy. That’s why I think my family and I have moved here and we love it here and I really don’t think we’re going to be going anywhere anytime soon.”
With Miskovic being 33 years of age, the time is ticking down on his professional hockey career. Many have speculated about his future in hockey, whether that be continuing his career on the ice or behind the bench as a coach.
“I’m excited for a lot of different opportunities,” Miskovic said. “We’ll have to see what comes up. I have interest in coaching. I have interest in teaching. I have interest all over the map. Now, I really just need to focus in and see what opportunities arise and what I think will suit best for my family.”
Miskovic has next yet officially announced a retirement nor a contract extension for next season. It seems that only time will tell what Miskovic will be up to next in his professional career.