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Off the ice with Nick Chesare

Ellie Godwin // Provided

Nick Chesare skates up the ice during Clemson’s game against South Carolina on Jan. 28, 2023.

Following the Clemson club ice hockey team’s historic season, The Tiger reached out to leading scorer Nick Chesare to talk about his experience as a Tiger and his journey to Clemson. 

Kelly Kaelblein (KK): Where are you from, and how did you start playing hockey?

Nick Chesare (NC): I’m from Greenville, South Carolina, and my Dad started teaching me to play when I was 4 years old. 

KK: What is your earliest/best memory of playing hockey?

NC: Making nationals for the first time with Clemson.

KK: Outside of hockey, what is something you want people to know about you?

NC: I’m in graduate school for accounting.

KK: Why did you decide to come to Clemson?

NC: I grew up less than an hour from Clemson and would always watch their football games.

KK: How did you find out Clemson had a hockey team?

NC: When I went to a couple of games when I was younger.

KK: What are you hoping to do once you leave Clemson?

NC: Keeping in touch with everyone on the hockey team.

KK: What is your favorite memory from your time at Clemson? 

NC: Hanging with the boys every weekend and having hockey tailgates every game day.

KK: How will you remember Clemson?

NC: I’ll remember it as the place where I was able to grow into the person I am today.

KK: How do you want Clemson and the people you’ve met to remember you?

NC: I hope they remember me as someone who’s fun to be around.

KK: Is there anything else you want people to know about you? 

NC: I actually played against the Clemson hockey team during my senior year of high school.

Interview responses were edited for length and clarity.

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