He first picked up a stick at the age of four and hasn't put it down since then. Now as the starting goalie for the Salem State hockey team, Marcus Zelzer is proving to be a crucial part of the team.
The junior from Green Bay, Wis. has been starting in goal for the Vikings over the past two seasons. When he isn't on the ice, he is studying to be criminal justice and history with a concentration in legal studies. Last year, he was named to the MASCAC Winter and Spring All-Academic Teams for having a 3.2 GPA in either the preceding semester or cumulative.
After graduation, he plans to attend law school. He is currently studying for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) before graduation. He hopes once he finishes law school to be a prosecutor and then move to the federal level.
During the offseason two of his passions are golf and politics. Although he doesn't claim to be very good at golf, he enjoys time on the links with a cup of Starbucks to which he is a proud gold card member. Getting into politics a few years ago, Zelzer is fascinated by the whole process and would love to sit down for lunch one day with Donald Trump and pick his brain.
This season has been a great one for Zelzer. He was recently named the MASCAC Men's Ice Hockey Player of the Year and to the First Team All-Conference. During the regular season, he finished first in the MASCAC in both goals against average (1.76) and save percentage (.932). He also tallied a 16-1 record which was the best winning percentage in the conference at .941 and recorded four shutouts on the year. He also helped the Vikings to the MASCAC Regular Season Championship and a spot in the Tournament Title game.
Two influential people in his life have been around since high school. John Lafontaine and Adam Nightingale were his advisors in high school along with my hockey coaches. They helped him to see the importance of school as well as taught him the work ethic to succeed in life.
Although it has been a long time since he first picked up the hockey stick, Zelzer is still finding success on the ice, but it also translating to school and life.