|Date of Birth||2006/07/09|
|Place of Birth||Billings, MT|
|Playing Rights||Free Agent|
|Account Manager||James Tomlin|
My name is Zach Hertz and I was born in Billings, MT on September 7, 2006. My parents are Jason and Krista Hertz and I have one older brother, Jon. I started playing hockey at a very young age as I was just a few months old when my older brother first started playing. You could say I was a rink rat as I was often seen with a mini hockey stick, walking around in skates with skate guards, and challenging any older kid I could to a good game of knee hockey. I was fortunate to have a good coach at a younger age who helped me develop a strong hockey sense and encouraged me to pursue my goals. I played for the Billings Bulls and Team Montana youth teams through 13 years of age. Midway through my 14 year I began playing for the Colorado Rampage U14AAA. I knew that if I wanted to pursue my goals for hockey that I needed to leave Montana and find a program that would help me develop as a player and athlete over the next few years. I just completed the 2022/23 season with the Colorado Rampage U16AAA team. During the season I was an assistant captain, first line defense, and played on all PK and PP opportunities. Beyond hockey, I am a sophomore at Village High School in Colorado Springs and have a 4.05 GPA. My coursework is on track for meeting college entrance requirements. Outside of hockey and school, my family and friends are very important to me. I value spending time with those around me. My hobbies include fishing, golf, spending time outdoors, and hanging out with current and past teammates.
|Sophomore at Village High School||4.05||-||-|
USA Hockey: Northern Plains District Camp (2021 and 2022)
USA Hockey: Multi District Festival @ Bowling Green University (2021)
Captain Colorado Rampage U15AAA (2021)
CCM Hockey Showcase-Denver Top Prospects (2022)
Air Force Showcase All-Star Game Selection (2022)
Assistant Captain Colorado Rampage U16AAA (2022)
February Player for the Month Recognized for Positive Attitude (2021, 2022)
USHL Combine Selection Phase 1 (2022)
USHL Combine Selection Phase II ( 2023)
VOLUNTEER & LEADERSHIP
Special Olympics Polar Plunge Team Member
Performance Hockey Academy and Colorado Rampage Hockey Volunteer Participant including Care & Share
Flying Horse Foundation, Santa Fe Trail Beautification
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- Killing plays in the defensive zone
- Hopping in seams in the offensive zone to create scoring opportunities
- Moving pucks through the neutral zone
- Getting pucks through to the net from the blue line
- Strong work ethic and dedication to my goals
- Leadership on and off the ice
- Honesty and trustworthy
- Willingness to compete
- Spending time outdoors
|Colorado Rampage 16 U||AAA||41||3||9||12||12|
|2022-23||Colorado Rampage 16U AAA||T1EHL 16U||16||1||4||5||4||-||-|
|2021-22||Colorado Rampage 15U AAA “C”||15U AAA||44||8||6||14||7||-||-|
|2020 - 21||Colorado Rampage 14U AAA||T1EHL 14U||8||0||0||0||0||-||-|
As a defenceman, Zach’s shot is good. His wrister is hard and accurate. He has the intelligence and strength to be able to read what shot has a better chance of beating the goaltender. Then when he chooses the shot, it is hard and accurate. For a defenceman, he has a way of getting shots through to the net and it creates a lot of scoring chances.
His skating is by far his biggest strength. He is a very smooth and speedy defenceman. Zach’s footwork is amazing and he can easily transition from skating forward with the offense to then retreating back to defend. His speed makes him able to beat just about any player on the ice as well as keep up with an opposing player coming into the zone. Zach’s backward skating is also very fast and smooth as he is able to evade any defender with the puck and make a play to get the puck up the ice.
Hertz’s playmaking is very good when it comes to setting up a rush out of his zone or making that cross-ice pass to a player waiting for a one-timer. His passes are crisp, hard, and accurate. He is also able to read that one of his teammates is picking up speed through the neutral zone and is able to make a tape-to-tape pass with ease. His ability to break up a play defensively and turn it up ice quickly is top-notch.
Zach is a very intelligent defender. He reads plays with ease and knows when and where to be for a potential offensive chance. His head is always on a swivel and always knows where the opposing players are on the ice. His biggest attribute when it comes to his hockey sense is his ability to transition from offense to defense and back to defense. He is very reliable when it comes to being in an offensive rush and always being the first back to kill an opponent’s attack. He always seems to be in the right place at the right time defensively and offensively.
Zach is a big player for his age. While he may not be the man that lays the big hit in a game, he is not afraid to use his big frame to protect the puck. He is also not afraid to get in the corner and battle with an opposing player. He likes to use his body on the penalty kill in the corner or in front of the net when clearing the opponent’s players or getting the puck off the wall. If there was one area Zach could improve it would be getting a little nastier and using his big body to disrupt plays with hits. He also will continue to grow and in the future, I can see him being a reliable feisty imposing force on the back end that no one will want to play against.
Coaches Contact Info
Colorado Rampage President
Colorado Rampage Vice-President