Catching up with Kevin Lombardi ’17

This is part of an ongoing series where catch up with recent graduates who postponed college for junior hockey.

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Kevin Lombardi ’17 mixes it up for the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders of the USHL.

Where are you playing junior hockey now?

I play junior hockey for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in the United States Hockey League (USHL).

How does it compare to the caliber of Northwood last year?

There is always going to be an adjustment moving on to the next level. The guys are bigger, stronger, faster and tougher, but I feel that Coach Cassidy definitely prepared me for it. Coach Cassidy has been such an amazing coach and friend along the entire way, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without him.

How’s the living situation compared to boarding school?

The living situation is pretty similar. I live with a billet family, so there are always rules you have to follow. You are with your friends at Northwood almost 24/7, which was one of my favorite parts about attending Northwood. The biggest difference now is I am allowed to have a car here, which allows me more freedom. Whether I want to go to see the boys, grab a bite or get to the rink, the freedom is nice.

What do you miss most about Northwood?

I miss putting that jersey on with all my best friends. The bond between the team could never be broken. It was the strongest and closest team I’ve ever been a part of, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to be a Husky.

Plans for the future?

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I am going to attend [and play for] Michigan State University.

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