Today’s interview consists of Brendon Nash of the Florida Panthers organization and I. Brendon is a 6’3 defenseman out of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. He went undrafted in 2007, and opted to play his full four years for Cornell University in the ECAC. He played two games for the Montreal Candiens in the 2010-2011 season. He currently plays for the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL. It was fun to interview him. He’s fun and goofy, but still polite at once. Great guy to interview overall. You can follow him on twitter: @bnash42. You can follow me on Twitter: @SkipThisChapter and @HkyBlogger. “Like” us on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/NotYourAverageHockeyBlog . We know this stuff is boring, so on to the good stuff! The actual interview! Enjoy!
As usual, we are in bold.
So first off, how has your day been?
Well today was a pretty good day.. I can’t complain with the sunshine we get down here in Texas!
What’s a day in the life of Brendon Nash?
The life of Brendon…It isn’t the most entertaining but lately I have been spending a few days with Jacob Markstrom and that is entertainment in itself. The day starts with me putting my jeans on one leg at a time followed by a good breakfast of oatmeal, yogurt and berries, and a nice glass of OJ. Then I am off to the rink for practice/workout, whatevers on the agenda for the day. After that I like to get a good lunch in sometimes at home but usually at a classy joint like Panera Bread or Chipotle. During the afternoon I like to take care of errands if there are any or totally relax on the couch and surf the net…Weather permitting I will be poolside! Dinner is something I take pride in and love to cook a good meal at home. Mix it up between steak, salmon and chicken and let the body tell me what else it wants.
So there might be a few readers who might not know who you are so maybe a bit about yourself? Cool fact or something?
This is always the toughest… but I am a defenceman in the Florida Panthers system playing in San Antonio Texas for the Rampage. I hail from Kamloops, BC and attending Cornell University. Cool fact about me is that even though I am not the best golfer I got a hole-in-one at the tender age of 8.
How old were you when you first laced them up?
I have been on skates since I was 3 years old. I have been playing hockey since I was 5 when you were allowed to join minor hockey in Kamloops.
Is there anyone you try to model your game around? If so, why?
I enjoy watching Wade Redden play. He is calm, smooth and skilled. It was tough to see him in the minors after all the success he had in Ottawa but glad he’s getting another crack at it in St. Louis.
During the off season, how do you spend your time?
During the off season I am usually in Kamloops. I enjoy a nice round of golf and love to be on the water either hanging out on a boat or trying to wakesurf.
What do you miss most about home during the season?
My family. I have a great family and they are very supportive but at times its long between visits so it can get tough.
Last year you were in the Habs organization this year you’re in the Panthers. Is there much difference?
There is definitely a difference because Montreal is a hockey hot bed. Don’t get me wrong everywhere loves their hockey teams but in Montreal it is to the highest degree. I am enjoying my time in the Panthers organization and have the utmost respect for the people working here.
In your entire hockey career what has been your highest point?
The highest point has been playing my first NHL game. Its a shame it was an OT shootout loss to Buffalo but an unbelievable experience in Montreal.
How about your lowest point?
Losing twice in the NCAA tournament to go to the frozen four.
How did you persevere from that?
I took it as a learning experience and now know how to deal with the stress of important games.
I don’t want this interview to be just another random interview you do, so the next couple question are a bit more random, but hey, it makes it a bit more personal and fun.
What can’t you leave your house without?
I am starting to believe I can’t leave my house without sunglasses…This Texas “winter” has been enjoyable and in the turn of a hat the sun always finds a way to poke through the clouds.
Top thing on your bucket list?
Flying a helicopter. Its gonna take a little bit of training to do this but it will always be at the top…I’ve been able to check off airplane but I want to test out a helicopter.
If you weren’t playing hockey, what would you be doing right now?
I would probably be doing something boring like an office job…maybe travelling the world but that would be temporary with the dreams of saving up for helicopter school!
What’s on your iPod?
Country…and sprinkled with a little top 40.
Who wins the Super Bowl?
Ravens…older brother always prevails!
Steak and sweet potatoes…I can eat that for days.
Any advice for aspiring hockey players?
Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right…Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and can’t do. It is all up to you. My path wasn’t the typical one to the NHL but they can’t take away from me that I have played a few games in that league. Many people told me I didn’t quite have what it took and got cut and undrafted but I made my dreams come true.
Anyone you suggest I interview?
I think a great interview would be Kyle Hagel off the Hamilton Bulldogs…He does a lot for the game of hockey and was a tremendous teammate and now friend.
Thank you for your time.