Mid-States Concrete Industries is a proud sponsor of the 2016-17 Janesville Jets.
In addition to seeing our banner on a dasherboard at the Janesville Ice Arena, 821 Beloit Ave., the Jets home venue, you can also find Mid-States Concrete on the number nine jersey, worn by Forward TJ Polglaze.
Polglaze, 19, of Beloit, Wisc., has been playing hockey since he was two-years-old, though he didn’t always love it. When he was two, he didn’t enjoy the sport because of the cold temperatures associated with it. However, by the time Polglaze turned three-years-old, he was ready to give it another go and hasn’t turned back since.
“The brotherhood you make with your teammates is like nothing else,” Polglaze said.
Polglaze grew up in a hockey family and from ages three through eight, he played with the Beloit Youth Hockey Association. From eight- through 14-years-old, Polglaze played AAA hockey with the Madison Capitals. During his freshman and sophomore years at Beloit Memorial High School, Polglaze played for the high school’s hockey team, while also playing for Team Wisconsin before and after the high school season. As a junior and senior in high school, Polglaze headed to Omaha to play AAA hockey and lived with a billet family. A billet family offers room and board to junior ice hockey players who leave home to join teams in other towns. The current 2016-17 season marks Polglaze’s first full season with the Janesville Jets.
“It’s been awesome so far,” he said. “The team is great. The coaching is great.”
As of Oct. 31st, they were 10-5 and ranked fifth in the league.
Playing for the Janesville Jets is a full-time job for Polglaze, and it’s a job he hopes to turn into a DI scholarship in the Big 10. Ever since he was a little kid, Polglaze has wanted to attend University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is eligible to play for the Jets until he turns 21-years-old.
“It’s fun, but it’s also a job,” Polglaze said.
Monday through Thursday, Polglaze starts his days with a workout. Some days the team works out together and some days the players work out on their own. The team always reports to the rink by 12:30 p.m. and spends a couple of hours on the ice. The rest of the afternoon is spent reviewing game video, plays, etc.
Games are usually held on Fridays and Saturdays. The team generally does a pregame skate in the morning to get their legs going, and then they report to the rink two hours ahead of game time. To get in the right frame of mind for the game, Polglaze has a couple or pregame rituals. For instance, he always puts everything on left first, and then right. He will also add rituals if he thinks something is working for him, like having to do a stretch a certain number of times.
Although he has played all over, Polglaze said it is nice to come home and play locally in front of his friends and family. Since joining the Jets, Polglaze has really focused on adjusting to the junior hockey league and their way of playing. He said the fan base has been great and the games offer a fantastic atmosphere with fun activities at almost every whistle.
“Our team this year is something special,” Polglaze said.
Mid-States Concrete Industries will sponsor the Janesville Jets game on Saturday, February 25th.