Zach Sanford played volleyball for the first time this spring and made second-team all-state for Pinkerton.
Of course, the 2012 Eagle-Tribune MVP’s favorite sport is hockey. The recent Pinkerton grad will play another year of Juniors then head to Boston College in the fall of 2014.
This winter the Auburn resident scored 16 goals with 28 assists in 44 games for the Islanders Hockey Club. He’s ranked 60th among all North American skaters for the NHL Draft.
In this week’s Around the Horn, Sanford talked about the draft, his decision to play volleyball and teaming up with his ex-Pinkerton linemate J.D. Dudek at BC.
What made you play volleyball for the first time? “A bunch of my buddies, mostly Harry Duval and Ryan Williams, from school got me into it. I was going to play last year but with hockey it was too much. This year I had more free time.”
What was the experience like? “It was wicked fun playing with a bunch of my friends. It was for fun but we were pretty good. All-around it was a great experience.”
Were you surprised you did so well? “Yes and no. Another friend has a beach volleyball court, Teddy McCarran. We play there every summer. He got me into it. Three quarters through the season I still didn’t know where to go! They were good about it.”
What was your volleyball background? “The beach volleyball was it.”
What was the story of you juggling an NHL workout and the volleyball? “There were a bunch of meetings with NHL teams for the draft. I had to miss a practice or two. I tried to schedule the meetings around it. I did the meetings in Derry.”
What are you doing this summer? “The big thing I’m looking forward to is the draft (on June 30). I’m working out a lot trying to get bigger.”