Welcome to the second post in a series featuring the 2013-14 Razorback hockey recruiting class. This week, we sat down with incoming sophomore transfer forward, Michael Tallo. Michael is from McKinney, Texas, and transferred to Arkansas from Franklin Pierce University (NCAA Division II). While at FPU playing for the Ravens, Michael saw time in nine games during which he notched a goal and an assist. Off the ice, he earned a spot on the Dean’s List.
Prior to enrolling at FPU, Michael played in the Western States Hockey League for the Southern Oregon Spartans where, during the 2011-12 season, he registered 12 goals and 14 assists in 37 games. Before his time in the WSHL, Michael played his youth hockey in the Alliance Bulldog program.
Razorback Hockey (RH): Why did you choose the University of Arkansas?
Michael: I chose the University of Arkansas because I wanted to have fun at school but also play a high level of hockey.
RH: What inspired you to play hockey?
Michael: Going to Dallas Stars games when I was younger really inspired me to start playing hockey.
RH: What is your biggest hockey highlight/memory to date?
Michael: Winning the league championship with the Southern Oregon Spartans.
RH: What is your most recent team?
Michael: Last year I played for Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire.
RH: What is your favorite part of the sport?
Michael: I enjoy every aspect of the game, but mostly I love to win. Hockey is very a very unique sport and I love that about it.
RH: Describe what you think is the strongest part of your game.
Michael: I’ve never really been a flashy player. I have good speed and I work hard; those are my two biggest strengths.
RH: Tell us about your family — your parents? Your siblings?
Michael: My mother Kelly and my father Jeff both live in McKinney, Texas along with my 17 year old brother, Matt, who also plays hockey for McKinney High School.
RH: What are your academic interests?
Michael: I’ve been accepted into the business school and plan to major in Marketing.
Check back next week and get to know another member of our incoming 2013-14 recruiting class!