We had the pleasure of interviewing Matt Robinson. He plays for the Wichita Falls Wildcats of the NAHL. It was great interviewing him. I asked him for an interview, and in literally one minute, I got a reply saying yes. That has to be some sort of record… By the way, follow me on Twitter: @SkipThisChapter, @HkyBlogger. Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NotYourAverageHockeyBlog Follow Matt Robinson on Twitter: @MattRob19 Without further adieu, here is our interview with Matt Robinson!
As usual, we’re in bold.
So first off how has your day been?
My day has been pretty solid so far, had practice this morning and now I am about to go lift with my linemates Will Vosejpka & Conor O’Neil.
Many of the readers might not know who Matt Robinson is, so tell us about yourself?
Well I am a ’92 born forward currently living the junior hockey dream in the North American Hockey League’s south division for the Wichita Falls Wildcats.
What’s a typical day in the life of Matt Robinson?
A typical day in my life is wake up around 8:30 and eat some breakfast. Then I head off to practice with the team, followed by lunch and usually a workout or sometimes yoga with the team. Usually have a solid dinner at the billets before ending the day with some Xbox Live with the boys or catching up on some of the great shows on Netflix.
So you’re from Texas, what’s the difference between growing up playing in Texas and growing up in a traditional hockey market?
Well honestly, Texas has rapidly grown to become a pretty solid hockey market. Since the Stars won the cup in ’99 the hockey market in Dallas has grown tremendously. Two years ago, the NHL draft consisted of three kids I grew up playing against, one of which was a first rounder. And coming up in the 2013 draft, Seth Jones, who is from my hometown of Plano, Tx is projected to possibly go 1st overall. I played against him a few times growing up. I always wonder where I’d be if I had grown up in a Detroit or Boston, but I actually am very happy that I grew up playing hockey in a place like Dallas.
During the season, what do you miss most about home?
Well now that I am playing in Wichita Falls, only two hours away from my hometown, I mostly just miss my family and my bed back home, but while I was playing up north I definitely missed living close to a Panda Express and also a Chipotle like I do in Plano.
In the off-season, how do you spend your time? Lots of video games? Playing other sports?
In the off-season I work at a hockey shop in the Dallas area called Players Bench. Besides that I am usually either working out, out on the links playing golf, or out on the lake with the boys. I love the sun and warm weather so I spend a lot of my off-season outside.
What has been the highest point of your career?
The highest point in my career is probably right now, I just got back from a pretty bad injury, and my current line is really clicking. I’m getting to play competitive hockey fairly close to home, in front of some good size crowds in my last year of junior hockey, I mean what else could I ask for. Also playing on a team with a bunch of really cool dudes is always a plus.
What has been the lowest point of your career?
Probably getting released from the New Mexico Mustangs mid-season last year. I was really enjoying living out there and loved everyone on the team and it kind of came out of no where. I had to scramble to find a place to play and it was just a rough point for me.
How did you persevere from that point?
I ended up signing with a Tier 3 team out east, it wasn’t the same as playing in the NAHL, but it was somewhere for me to get a good amount of ice time and better develop myself for this year.
So do you have any advice for aspiring hockey players?
Just keep living the dream as long as you can, enjoy the little things about it because you never know when your time will end.
Are there any hockey players you recommend me to interview?
Obviously my boy Chucky Slick, but also any of the Wichita Falls Wildcats, teams full of beauties.
On a different note to end the interview, who’s your pick to win the Super Bowl this year?
Hands down the San Francisco 49ers, I have grown up a huge fan because of my dad. He’s from the Bay area and has kind of turned me into a 49ers fan. I don’t think anyone can play with them, but I guess we will see!
Thank you for your time. It is greatly appreciated.