We recently caught up with Greg Chase of the Calgary Hitmen and Edmonton Oilers. As you may remember, he was recommended by his teammate, Chris Driedger! If you don’t remember, check out our interview with Chris here: http://bit.ly/15TMZNq Greg was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the 7th Round of the 2013 NHL Draft. He’s a great follow on Twitter. You can follow him on Twitter: @GregChase9. You can also follow me on Twitter: @HkyBlogger and “like” us on the Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/notyouraveragehockeyblog
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How has your day been?
Pretty good so far! Long but can’t complain, it’s summer. You?
It’s been pretty good! So what’s a day in the life of Greg Chase?
Nothing special. Get up early and head to the gym, workout to begin the day. After that I get to work for the rest of the day. Maybe throw in some golf a couple times a week
So on to hockey, what kind of player do you consider yourself?
I’d say I’m a power forward, I like to drive pucks to the net and get in on the forecheck. I can be relied on to produce offence, but also am strong in my own defensive zone.
A mix between a power forward and a two way player?
In your opinion, is it possible to train a player to play a certain way (power forward, playmaker, etc.) or is it human nature?
I personally believe there’s a lot to a player “you can’t teach” like the quotes say.You can teach the systems (how to play in the d-zone/how to skate/forecheck/hit). But you can’t teach raw talent. If you could, everyone would want to be Sidney Crosby and play like him, but that just won’t happen.
Just going to take a wild guess, but in your opinion, Crosby’s your favourite player?
Actually, no! Johnny Tavares! Guy does crazy stuff with the biscuit.
If there’s one player’s game you try to emulate, who is it and why?
I’ve been told a few times I play like a Brad Marchand or Andrew Shaw type player because of my aggression and how I like to stir it up.
Playing in Calgary, is it hard with a lot of media pressure towards you guys?
I wouldn’t say pressure. I’d say it’s a benefit learning to deal with media in a big junior market. It will help when guys get to the pro levels by knowing what/when/ and how to say things in certain negative or positive environments.
Have you ever said anything you shouldn’t of?
Personally no, we get a lot of help from media sources knowing what to say. It’s a huge positive advantage.
Do you feel prepared when you talk to the media in Edmonton?
I know what to expect. Haven’t got asked anything too difficult to answer. Lots of positive things to answer.
So let’s talk about when you were drafted, what was going through your mind, and who did you hug first?
I didn’t really know what to think. All I know is a couldn’t of been more happy and proud, spending it with my family. I think my dad was the first of many to get a hug.
So we interviewed your teammate Chris Driedger, are there any funny/embarassing/awesome secrets about him?
Actually no haha. He’s been my roommate for two years and we spend alot of time together. He’s extremely normal for a goalie. But Chris and I are really into Netflix and a game called Clash of Clans. He also makes a great fried Egg sandwich If that’s what you’re looking for it’s nothing special!
Haha, I sense a bromance! Do you guys have a favourite show to watch on Netflix?
We do get along well. We crushed every Prison Break episode this year. As well as the whole Harry Potter series. We’re professional movie watchers.
So this is probably a good time to move on to the next part which is a rapid fire session. Don’t think just answer!
Lets do it.
Movie you look forward to seeing?
Favourite Movie of all time?
Dumb and Dumber
On a scale of 1-10 what do you rate your cooking ability?
At least a 5
Pizza’s hard to say no too
Go to topping on your pizza?
Favourite sport to watch that’s not hockey?
Basketball and Lebron!
Final questions: Who should we interview next?
Zane Jones. He’ll make ya laugh.
Sounds good! Do you have any advice for aspiring hockey players?
Always be respectful and work hard. It’ll take you a long way. And if you don’t get what you want, keep pushing. Work towards your dream and great things can happen!
Thank you for your time!
Thank you. Take care.