Hockey Breaker’s 2013 NHL Mock Draft

1. Nathan MacKinnon (C)

2. Seth Jones (RD)

3. Jonathan Drouin  (LW)

4. Aleksander Barkov (C)

5. Valeri Nichushkin (LW)

6. Elias Lindholm (C)

7. Rasmus Ristolainen (RD)

8. Darnell Nurse (LD)

9. Sean Monahan (C)

10. Alexander Wennberg

11. Nikita Zadorov 

12. Hunter Shinkaruk

13. Bo Horvat

14. Max Domi

15. Frederik Gauthier

16. Anthony Mantha

17. Adam Erne

18. Curtis Lazar

19. Samuel Morin

20. Zachary Fucale

21. Kerby Rychel

22. Ryan Pulock

23. Mirco Mueller

24. Ryan Hartman

25. Joshua Morrissey

26. Morgan Klimchuk

27. Valentin Zykov

28. Andre Burakovsky

29. Robert Hagg

30. Nicolas Petan  


Let’s Meet Austin Lotz!

ImageAs suggested by Mirco Mueller, we caught up with Austin Lotz of the Everett Silvertips! He finished the season 15-19-3. Even though that doesn’t sound very pretty, he contributed a lot more off the ice as well! The Silvertips made the playoffs at the end though, so it’s a good ending to the story! Austin is also eligible for this year’s draft, and is projected to go in he mid rounds! You can follow him on Twitter @Lotzy30! You can also follow me on Twitter @HkyBlogger! You can “like” us on Facebook here:

As per usual, we are in bold.

How has your day been?
It has its ups and downs. 
You watch Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals?
I was out to dinner with my friends so I missed the last 10 minutes.
Were you cheering for a specific team?
What’s something most people don’t know about Austin Lotz?
I like to bow hunt and spend a lot of time out doors.
Goalies are generally known as the most flexible players on a team. How easy is it to touch your toes?
Very, very easy. 
There’s also an assumption that there are two types of goalies, quiet ones and crazy wild ones. Which group do you think you belong in?
I’ve been told that I am a quiet relaxed guy but I feel like I have an act to go crazy once in a while. 
The Everett Silvertips barely squeaked in to the playoffs this season. In the first round, do you ease off the gas a bit because you’ve made of the playoffs, or do you push even harder and hope for the upset?
You always want to be a team to upset a favoured team. I’ve always been the under dog and I don’t mind that one bit. 
To squeak into the playoffs, you have to give it more than everything you have. How do you continue pushing once you’ve made it into the playoffs?
You build off the energy from making the playoffs and it usually carries into the first few rounds. 
You were also named to the 2013 U18 World Championship roster, so tell us what that was like?
It was a great experience. I got to meet a lot of new faces and some faces that I’ve heard or seen of. It was just great to learn from all the coaches and players I was surrounded by. 
Even though you didn’t get to really play, what did you learn at the U18’s? 
I learnt that just being involved on a gold medal winning team, even though I didn’t play, still makes you really proud to bring back that medal. 
It’s you draft year this year. If I’m a GM of a team, and I ask you why I should draft you, what would you say?
I would give 100% every day in everything involving myself and the team to make the team better. 
What has been the highlight of your career?
Making the Silvertips and winning gold in Russia. 
What has been the lowlight?
There are a lot of downs in the season that I had to overcome. 
How did you persevere from your lowlight?
Just remembering I play the game to have fun and to not take it too seriously.
We interviewed your teammate, Mirco Mueller. Do you have any funny/embarrassing stories about him?
Nothing that I can think of, just the fact that he makes a few speaking errors when it comes to speaking English. 
The next part is a rapid fire round. Don’t think, just answer. Ready?
Favourite Food? 
Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? 
iPhone or Android? 
Playstation or xBox? 
Favourite memory of Everett? 
Game 1 of playoffs this year
Favourite place to hang out in Everett? 
The beach. 
What are the do’s and don’ts of meeting Austin Lotz? 
Don’t take me seriously. I make a lot of jokes. 
Ever had an awkward encounter with a fan? 
Not really, I had oranges thrown at my car after a bad loss one time.
On a scale of 1-10 how nervous are you for the draft?
Final questions:
Who should we interview next?
Ben Betker
Advice for aspiring hockey players?
Never give up. 
Thank you for your time.


Interview With Mirco Mueller!

We recently caught up with Mirco Mueller of the Everett Silvertips! He’s also eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft, and is projected to be drafted in the 1st or 2nd round. He score 6 goals and 25 assists in 63 games for the Everett Silvertips. The team did not do so well this season, sneaking into the playoffs as the last seed. However, he was a bright spot for the team, having the 2nd most points as a rookie defenseman in the WHL. Who’s 1st in the points standings as a rookie defenseman? None other than Seth Jones. That’s an elite class to be in! He’s a great follow on Twitter and you can do that by following @25Mueller. You can also follow me on Twitter: @HkyBlogger and “like” us on Facebook here:

As per usual, we are in bold

How has your day been? 

Good, thanks.

What’s a day in the life of Mirco Mueller? 

In the summer I work out at a local gym with three other young hockey players. We start at 9 AM and train until 12PM. In the afternoon, I usually relax.

Growing up in Switzerland, was it hard playing hockey in a country where playing hockey isn’t the number one sport like it is in Canada? 

No, it wasn’t. There are still quite a few people who play and are interested in hockey.

Over the last few years, how has the popularity of hockey grown in Switzerland? 

I think with the recent Swiss NHL players it has grown a lot. There’s more and more players who wanna try to make the NHL.

You represented the Swiss National team at the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championship which placed 6th. Can you take us back to that experience and what it felt like? 

It was a great experience with lots of great guys and I’m really thankful for that. Especially after unexpected success came, it made even more fun to play and we really grew as a team. We had a good mix between younger and older players.

You played a bit in the NLA, and then decided to move to Canada to play in the WHL. So why did you choose to move to the WHL? 

I think it’s way more challenging to play against some of the best players in your age. And of course in North America, there’s a lot more attention given to hockey, especially on the junior level.

What was the toughest adjustment to life in Canada when you first moved here? 

I think it was the long bus rides. And maybe the busy game schedule.

In your first season in the WHL, the Everett Silvertips squeaked in to the playoffs with the last seed, what was the end of the season like? The Silvertips weren’t cruising into the playoffs, nor were they playing for nothing but pride. Is it especially taxing? Or is it just a motivator? 

Yes, it definitely gives you extra motivation if you make the playoffs as the last team and to challenge the best seeded team. I think we did all we could do with the possibilities we had. We were quite a young team and barely anybody really had any playoff experience but I was really proud of the team in the end and how we battled through the series. I think we could surprise some people.

This is your draft year and you are expected to go somewhere in the first round. How nervous are you for the draft? 

I’m actually not nervous yet probably because it still seems like a dream. But I’m sure at draft day the nervousness will come.

If I’m a GM for a team and I ask you why I should draft you, what would you say? 

I play a simple game and because of that I can fit into every system. I can see the game well and I’m a good skater. From the back end, I try to create plays and make the forwards better and give them some more time.

When your name is announced, can you please consider doing something fun like a cool handshake with one of your friends instead of all the traditional hugs? 

I will think about it. I hope I’ll still be able to have a clear mind at the exact moment.

The next part is more “random” questions, its something readers can connect to, and maybe they can learn cool about you! It’s rapid fire style, so don’t think, just do.

If a fan meets you on the street and wants to take a picture with you, what are the do’s and dont’s of meeting Mirco Mueller? 

Maybe just be friendly and having a little chat with me. Otherwise I’m pretty open-minded.

One thing you miss about home? 

Chocolate and mountains.

Best thing about Canada? 

The local value of hockey in people’s minds.

Olympic Gold Medal or Stanley Cup? 

Stanley Cup

Ever consider quitting hockey when you were a kid? 

I don’t think so.

xBox or Playstation? 


If you weren’t becoming a hockey player, what would you be aspiring to do when you grew up?

Probably work in an office I don’t know I never thought about that.

 Final questions:

Do you have any advice for aspiring hockey players? 

Just be yourself, work hard and be happy and thankful to be able to play hockey.

Who should we interview next? 

Austin Lotz

Thank you for your time.


Was Alain Vigneault the right match for the NYR?


Taking a closer look into the move by the New York Rangers to ink Alain Vigneault as their new head coach, did they make the right decision? Should the Rangers have fired John Tortorella? Tortorella coached the Blueshirts for four and a half seasons, taking over for Tom Renney in the middle of the 2008-2009 regular season. During this season, Tortorella found a way to lead them into the playoffs. As the Rangers’ head coach, he led them to the playoffs four out of five seasons. The only season the team missed the playoffs was 2009-2010. Although, they continually reached the playoffs, the rangers failed to jump the hurdle and make the Stanley Cup Finals in any season. They only made it past the second round once; last season in which they lost to the Devils in the Eastern Conference Finals. Under Torts, their defensive game was always in the top tier of the NHL. Largely due to their stellar goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist, their opponents only averaged 2.37 goals per game, which ranked them 2nd in the Eastern Conference during this span. In addition, they averaged 15.5 blocked shots per game, which ranked them 5th in the Eastern Conference. The players were sacrificing their body in all situations of the game. In particular, Dan Giradi and Ryan Callahan constantly did whatever it took to block a shot. Although their defensive game was very good, their offensive production struggled at times. They averaged 2.70 goals per game in this era, but struggled to produce goals in the playoffs. This past postseason, they had their troubles putting the puck in the back of the net against the Bruins. In the second round, they only scored six goals in the four games they lost. In the lone game they won at Madison Square Garden, they scored four in their 4-3 overtime victory. Even though they fell short of their expectations, it seemed coach Tortorella would be back for another season in New York.

After their early exit from the playoffs, Torts and the players took part in their concluding interviews with media. When asked about the progress of the team after making it further last postseason, Torts said he thought the team went sideways. He did not think they took a step backwards even though their earlier playoff exit says differently. The players had a different perspective, in particular, two significant players. The captain of the team, Ryan Callahan, used the term “underachieved” concerning the team’s results. The team’s cornerstone, Henrik Lundqvist had a similar view when he said the team took “a step back.” With one season remaining on his contract, Lundqvist was asked about his future and signing an extension sooner rather than later. It was not a good feeling for fans of the team when Lundqvist responded with “we’ll see.” Instantly there was a sense of panic amongst fans of the Rangers. Not long after this panic began, John Tortorella was relieved of duties as the head coach of the Rangers. In New York sources, there have been many reports that star players had a strong impact on this decision. One source even reported that these players went into management and said Torts had to go now. Many believe Lundqvist could have been one of these players, especially with his remarks in his postseason interview. Glen Sather, GM of the Rangers, said the players “didn’t impact” their decision to relieve Torts of his duties. Regardless of reason, Torts is out and the Rangers were officially in search of his replacement.

After beginning the search for a new head coach, a small list of candidates arose. The names on this list included Alain Vigneault, Mark Messier, Lindy Ruff, Dallas Eakins, Dave Tippett and Paul Maurice. Tippet and Maurice seemed to be extras on this list. The other four of Vigneault, Messier, Ruff and Eakins looked like the final four from the start. Despite not having any NHL experience as a head coach, Dallas Eakins has been successful with the Toronto Marlies (AHL affiliate of Toronto Maple Leafs). While coaching with an aggressive style, Eakins has done tremendous work in developing his young talent. This seemed like a great fit for the Rangers. His aggressive style would help to create offense, while maturing young talent including Chris Kreider and JT Miller. Unfortunately, for the Rangers, he was removed early from the coaching carousel after agreeing to terms with the Edmonton Oilers. With all the young talent in Edmonton, Dallas Eakins seems to be the perfect match. He has plenty of talent to grow on his team and a high ceiling of potential as a coach. The Sabres fired Lindy Ruff in this shortened season after a rocky start of 6-10-1. Ruff spent fourteen seasons with the team before his departure this year. He reached the playoffs in eight of these seasons. During this span, he only made it to the finals once and never won the Stanley Cup. It was hard to see why Ruff was a top candidate. Despite his success in Buffalo, he seems too similar to Tortorella and does not have the experience of jumping the hurdle and winning a cup. Bringing him in as a head coach would not have been the right move. The Rangers would have been going in the same direction.  Although his name would have been Ruff and not Tortorella, the team would have had the same feeling as before. The next candidate was Mark Messier, an absolute legend in the eyes of any Rangers fan. He was a good candidate because he possesses the passion to win a Stanley Cup. His famous “guarantee” speaks for itself. Mark Messier is the leader this team could use. The only problem was his experience; he has never coached an NHL game before. Not only NHL, he has never coached a professional team at all. The Rangers saw this as too big of a gamble. With some pieces already in place such as Nash and Lundqvist, the window is too small to take chances on a couple seasons. They wanted a coach who they felt would not be a gamble and could make their impact immediately. As a result, the Rangers and Alain Vigneault reportedly agreed to a five-year deal worth $10 million.

Are the Rangers going in the right direction by hiring Alain Vigneault? AV spent the past seven seasons in Vancouver; his time expired after an early exit from the postseason this year. In these seven years, he made the playoffs each season except once. The 2010-2011 playoffs were the only time he reached the finals, where they lost in seven games to the Bruins. Besides that, they were bounced three times in the second round and twice in the opening round. The past two seasons saw them losing in their first round matchup. This year they were swept by the Sharks following their defeat by the eighth seed Blackhawks last season after winning the President’s Trophy. Many critics attribute Vancouver’s goaltending woes to their early departures. This seemed to be a reasonable excuse for their troubles in most years, but this year did not show the same signs. In their series against San Jose, they did not lose primarily because of their goaltending. After dropping the first two games at home, Luongo was not their problem. He looked very good, especially compared to past playoff performances. Schneider came in during game three and then started game four. Luongo actually had more success against San Jose. The Canucks played this series with no passion. They were thoroughly outplayed and deserved to lose. There is a point where it has to fall on the coach’s shoulders. Vancouver management agreed and sent AV packing after their early departure.

The word among Rangers’ fans was that AV HAS to be the next coach. When breaking everything down, many fans clearly do not know enough about him. AV’s playoff resume does not exactly fit a new direction for the Rangers. He has similar playoffs results that Torts had under the Rangers. Looking into his coaching style, he played a 1-2-2 forecheck in Vancouver. Under his version, one forward would heavily purse the puck while the other two forwards and two defensemen set up a trap in the neutral zone. The Rangers need help with their offensive struggles, not their defensive game. This style is not a very dramatic change from Torts. Unless he has plans to switch this style, the Rangers will have a similar looking game. Fans criticized Torts because of his treatment of Chris Kreider and JT Miller. Bad news for fans, sources say AV has played very comparable mind games with Cody Hodgson and Jordan Schroeder. The continual move back and forth between the minors and the NHL could still be in the cards for Kreider and Miller. Many sources contributed this treatment to the eventual trade of Cody Hodgson to Buffalo where he has submerged into a first line center. A huge positive about AV is his success with star players. In his short time in Montreal before Vancouver, he had success getting production out of stars including Mark Recchi and Saku Koivu. Then in Vancouver, he always received major production from the Sedin twins. This could be a very good sign for Rick Nash and emerging first line center Derek Stepan. It will be interesting to see if the Rangers buyout Brad Richard’s hefty and long-term contract or if they give AV a chance to turn him around.

It does not feel like the Rangers took a step in the right direction by choosing AV. Mark Messier may not have been the best choice either because of his inexperience. At least Mark Messier would have been a new direction with a passionate group. The defensive style, coaching experience and handling of youth talent of AV correlate too much with the rigid style of John Tortorella. The Rangers best direction would have been Dallas Eakins. Maybe they did not have enough time because Torts was fired late (because of playoffs), but they should have found a way to get to him. Eakins seems like the up and coming coach that a team will buy into and have success. The Eakins situation has shades of Bylsma in it. It will be interesting to see how Alain Vigneault does in New York. In his first press conference, he said, “I haven’t coached a lot of these guys…I am going into this with an open mind…there’s a clean slate. For Rangers fans and players including Richards, Kreider and Miller, this was a very optimistic comment. This press conference pointed toward a change of his demeanor with the change of scenery. For Rangers’ players and fans, there is a strong anticipation toward next season.


Leave a comment and let me know what you think, especially fans of NYR.

Mock Draft 3.0

Just some changes to from Mock Draft 2.0.
Here’s my mock draft:
1. Colorado: Seth Jones
2. Florida: Nathan MacKinnon
3. Tampa Bay: Jonathan Drouin
4. Nashville: Alexsander Barkov
5. Carolina: Darnell Nurse
6. Calgary: Sean Monahan
7. Edmonton: Valery Nichushkin
8. Buffalo: Rasmus Ristolainen
9. New Jersey: Hunter Shinkaruk
10. Dallas: Max Domi
11. Philadelphia: Kerby Rychel
12. Phoenix: Ryan Pulock
13. Winnipeg: Nikita Zadorov
14. Columbus: Elias Lindholm
15. New York Islanders: Josh Morrissey
16. Buffalo: Frederik Gauthier
17. Ottawa: Alexander Wennberg
18. Detroit: Adam Erne
19. Columbus: Valentin Zykov
20. San Jose: Curtis Lazar
21. Toronto: Bo Horvat
22. Calgary: Zach Fucale
23. Washington: Madison Bowey
24. Vancouver: Samuel Morin
25. Montreal: Robert Hagg
26. Anaheim: Ryan Hartman
27. Columbus: Morgan Klimchuk
28. Boston: J.T. Compher
29. Calgary: Anthony Mantha
30. Chicago: Shea Theodore

Teams to watch:
Calgary: I think the Flames will move up, since there’s a few teams that would like to pick up Zach Fucale, but Calgary is the most desperate. There have been rumors that New Jersey wants to pick him up at 9. I don’t feel this is likely to happen, with Scott Wedgewood in their system.

Colorado/Florida: I feel that they’ll swap picks, with Florida extremely interested in MacKinnon.

What’s your mock draft look like? Let me know! Comment below!

Interview With Justin Pogge!


We recently caught up with Justin Pogge of BIK Karlskoga. Before Sweden, Justin has played in many countries, such as Italy, ECHL, AHL, and even the NHL. Originally drafted 90th overall in the 2004 draft, Justin played four seasons in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization before being traded to the Anaheim Ducks. He also has plenty of international experience, whether it be World Juniors or Spengler Cup. We’re not going to go in much further detail since that’s covered in the interview, but it’s a lot of experience! You can follow him on Twitter @pdiggler, and you can follow me on Twitter: @hkyblogger. You can also “like” us on Facebook here:

As per usual, we are in bold.

What’s a day in the life of Justin Pogge?

The day has been a great start.  I got up put my mountain bike in the truck, made breakfast, Eggs and Hash browns and a cup coffee. Its only 8:30 am.  A day in the life of me usually begins the same way as today.  After breakfast I take off for the gym, put in a two hour shift then head home and make lunch.  After eating I head out into the canyon for a ride on the trails.  I love mountain biking, surfing and my Motorcycle. 

So some of our readers might not be 100% sure of who you are. So maybe introduce yourself?

I’m Justin Pogge, former WJC champion and goaltending journeyman.  I’m beginning my eighth season of professional hockey.  I recently signed with a Swedish second league team BIK Karlskoga.  My career has taken me all over North America and the world.  I made my NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs.  My first win in that first start against the Atlanta Thrashers, we won 5-2. 

What’s a cool fact about you?

A cool fact about me is that I have permanent socks.  I have got both of my feet tattooed.  Not at the same time, I had my right foot done first but once that was done the left looked so lonely.

Who was your favorite player growing up?

I admired a lot of goalies growing up among these names were Ron Hextall, Curtis Joseph, Roberto Luongo and Mikka Kiprusoff. 

What kind of goalie are you?

I consider myself a hybrid goalie with good positioning.  Now I just try to do anything to get in the way.

Why goalie? Many people you talk to, the last position they want to play is goalie because they’re scared the puck will fly at their face.

I really don’t know why I ended up becoming a goalie.  My first hockey practice the coach put me in net with my player equipment.  I guess I made an impression because the next practice he told me to strap on the pads.  I don’t think it helped that I had a Mike Vernon look alike helmet with the cat eye cage. 

Take us back to the draft, what was that like?

The 2004 draft was a special day for me even though I didn’t make my way down to Raleigh, North Carolina.  I had been watching the first two rounds on TSN, and then checking the third round on my computer.  The 89th pick came around and one of my friends Jeff Glass had just been picked by the Ottawa Senators.  That’s when my dial up internet cut out and the phone rang.  It was my agent calling and telling me that I had been selected 90th overall to the Toronto Maple Leafs.  I was so excited that I drove down to my mom’s work and told her the good news.  She cried and hugged me just like most moms would in that situation.  After visiting my mom I had to make my way to work.  I worked at a yacht club in Summerland, British Columbia.  The drive was about 30 minutes along the highway.  On the trip I stopped to tell one of the RCMP officers who was investigating a minor accident, he also was one of the hockey dads.  I yelled out the car window and got the thumbs up and continued to work.  I was bartending that afternoon for a special event.  I kept pretty quiet at work.  Once my shift ended I stopped off and got the cheapest champagne and headed to a barbecue with some of my best friends and popped the bottle and celebrated getting drafted!  While I was at work apparently the Toronto media was trying to get in touch with me.  Having no cell phone at the time made it pretty difficult to find me. 

You’ve donned the Maple Leaf multiple times representing Canada at various international tournaments. What’s that like, and which international tournament did you enjoy more, and why?

Representing Canada has been a huge part of my career.  I’ve been very fortunate to wear the Maple Leaf for Canada three times.  My first experience was for the U-18 championships in Minsk, Belarus.  We placed fourth but I got to miss a month of school. 

What has been the highest point of your career so far?

My biggest accomplishment was playing for Canada in Vancouver for the 2006 World Junior Championship.  Not only was I representing Canada on the biggest stage, it was held in my home province.  Being named the starting goalie was a dream come true.  I actually wished for I left Calgary for the selection camp in early December.  I was playing for the Hitmen at the time.  During the holiday season the Calgary Zoo decorates in the Christmas spirit, this was called Zoo Lights.  Here is where I came across a Japanese wishing tree.  To make a wish on this tree you write down your wish on a ribbon then tie it to one of the branches on the tree.  My wish was to make the team and win gold.  My wish came true!  Playing in Vancouver was amazing, the support from the fans was intense and like nothing I have ever experienced.  We had a great team and ended up winning against the Russians 5-0.  I will always remember Steve Downie pretending to interview me before a defensive zone face-off with 30 seconds left.  He asked me what it felt like to win the gold for Canada.  I told him to take the damn face-off and laughed.  After that final horn sounded everything was a blur of excitement. 

The next Christmas I was able to play for Canada in the Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland.  The tournament was a total change of pace from the previous year.  The experience was a ton of fun.  I got to spend Christmas and New Years in the Swiss Alps.  The Hockey Canada family is a tight knit group and I forever thanks for the opportunities they have given me. 

You’re well-traveled, playing in multiple teams. Which team did you enjoy playing for the most and why?

My professional career has taken me all over North America. I started playing for the Toronto Marlies in the AHL.  Playing in Toronto was quite the experience.  Toronto is an amazing city that I learned to love over my time there.  My first taste of the big city wasn’t the most ideal way to start.  My truck had been stolen within the first month of being there.  Things definitely went up from there.  I have made some lifelong friends there that I still keep in touch with today. 

What has been the lowest point of your career?

After Toronto, I was traded to the Anaheim Ducks.  I was headed to sunny California.  That season would turn out to be quite the roller coaster ride.  After Training camp I was sent down to the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL.  I was in the coast for 9 games then I was called up to the Ducks for a couple days.  Then I was loaned to San Antonio.  I played for the Rampage for a couple months then was off to Albany when I was part of a trade with the Hurricanes. 

Getting traded for the second time in one year was probably the lowest part of my career.  I had played on four teams in three different leagues.  I didn’t feel wanted.  I was living out of a suitcase, going from hotel to hotel.  The season ended for me early when I had torn my MCL in my right knee.

However, not everything was bad while I was up with the Ducks I had the chance to be a part of a charity event called “Ducks in Tux”.  We had to serve dinner for the season ticket holders in a ballroom atmosphere.  I will always remember this dinner because it is where I first laid eyes on my future wife.  The story goes like this.  There was a silent auction for our pocket squares which had our jersey number on them.  Being a call up I shared a ballet box with Matt Belesky.  I knew that to get people to bid on our squares I was going to have to walk around and sell.   While walking around, I came across this beautiful blonde hair green eyed girl.  I was too shy to walk right up to her so I walked up to her parents and got them to submit a bid. I was then introduced to Christina and I asked her if she would be my Vanna White and help me with my box.  I didn’t see her for the rest of dinner.  When the dinner was finished we got to mingle, that’s when I found Christina again.  We talked for a while and I ended up getting her number… the rest is history.  I asked her to marry me four years later. 

What kind of character are you in the locker room?

As a goalie I’m pretty laid back in the room.  I like to sit back, listen to the music and drink my coffee.  Before every game, I play soccer to help me warm up.  15 minutes before warm-up I take a quick shower then get dressed just in time to walk on the ice. 

So the next part is a rapid fire round, don’t think just answer.


Favorite Drink?

Coconut water

Cheat Food?

Grilled cheese sandwich or poutine if I can find it.

Android or iPhone?

iPhone 5 just got it and it’s my new toy.

What’s On Your iPod?

I have a random mix right now with the new Eric Church live album, Ted Nugent and Kendrick Lamar.

Who has the worst taste of music on your team?

Everyone who doesn’t like my music has bad taste haha.

Roommate on the Road?

My last roommate on the road was Ryan Hollweg in Portland, Maine.

Best Prank

I like to stick a cup to a player’s helmet before they head out on the ice.  The player skates around without a clue and no one says anything resulting in a good chuckle.

Worst Class in School?


What Gets You Up In the Morning?

I have always been a morning person; I just feel that you have so much more time for activities. 

Final Questions:

Advice for Aspiring Hockey Players?

Work on the little things and always have fun

Who Should We Interview Next?

Ryan Hollweg

Thank you for your time.

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Let’s Meet Madison Bowey!



Have you met Madison Bowey? He’s a draft eligible prospect in the upcoming draft! With his dynamic skills, he has been a very decorated hockey player at just 18. He’s already represented Team Canada at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championships! He also currently plays for the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL! Currently, he’s projected to go in the mid to late picks of the 1st Round. In our latest mock draft which you can see here: I have him listed in the 24 slot, going to the Vancouver Canucks. He’s a good follow on Twitter and you can follow him @mbows4. You can follow me on Twitter @Hkyblogger and “like” us on Facebook here: Any comments, shares, likes, tweets are well appreciated! Without further to do, here is our interview with Madison Bowey!

As per usual, we are in bold.

So how has your day been?

My day has been really good, just had a good hard workout and now just hanging out with my brother at home.

What’s an average day in the life of Madison Bowey?

Well I usually get up bright and early and go for a 2 hour workout, then go back home, have a meal before taking a little nap. I might then play a few games of NHL 13 with my brother or buddies. Then at night I’ll either go to a movie with some friends or relax at home.

What something most people don’t know about you? It doesn’t have to be hockey related, but something most people don’t know about?

I’m a big baseball fan and actually played for many years.

Growing up, was there a team you cheered for?

Calgary Flames

You were born in 1994, and the original Winnipeg Jets left in 1996, did you ever have a chance to watch the original Jets?

I was actually born in 1995 but no I didn’t get a chance to catch any of the games.

Playing in the WHL, is there something you learnt that you wouldn’t have learnt anywhere else?

I think I learnt how to mature into a man a lot quicker which I would not of learned without playing in the CHL.

Playing in the WHL playoffs, what was that like?

Playoff hockey is always the best type of hockey, so playing in the playoffs at such an elite level was an amazing experience and I’m sure all the boys are prepared to make a great run next year.

So this year is your draft year, lets pretend I’m a GM, if I asked you why my team should draft you, what would you say?

I would say because I play every game to win, I’m a very competitive person so I’d do whatever it takes to win. Also I would always be committed to getting better so one day I can play a big role on the team and help win a Stanley Cup.

What has been the highest point in your career?

Winning gold at World Championship U-18 tournament. 

What has been your lowest point of your career?

When I was 12 I played a year up with the 13 year olds and that year I only managed to get 4 goals and maybe 12 assists, which was unlike me.

How did you persevere from that low point?

I just trained really hard in the summer and came into the next season with a very positive attitude and it helped.

So we also interviewed Myles Bell and Tyson Baillie, your teammates in Kelowna, what’s something embarrassing about them you could share?

Well we’re all really close and hangout out everyday I think something embarrassing about all of us is that we love cheeseburgers and won’t mind dabbling in a few of those in our off time.

The next part is a “rapid fire round”! Are you ready?

Favourite food?


Favourite cuisine?


It’s the offseason, what are you doing?

Lots of training for next season 

What’s on your iPod?

 A bunch of different music 

Roomate on the road?

Dylen McKinlay

Biggest fear?

Being in water with Sharks – (Imagine the irony if he gets drafted by the Sharks!)

One thing you’re excited for?

The NHL Draft

xBox or Playstation?


Final questions:

Who should we interview next?

 Anyone of my teammates, we’re all a great group of guys.

Any advice for aspiring hockey players?

Just never give up and keep chasing your dream, you might run into some tough obstacles but it’s all about how you bounce back and keep going. Also always have fun playing the game, it’s an honor to play such a great sport so just keep having FUN.

Thank you for your time.


Let’s Meet Carter Rigby!


We recently caught up with Carter Rigby of the Kelowna Rockets! He’s 2013 Draft Eligible and is projected to go in the mid to late rounds. Not only is he a hockey player, he’s a model for Rock Hockey Training, so you know he’s good looking! Haha! Whether or not he’s single or not, I have no clue so go find out yourself by following him on Twitter: @Rigs94. I’m not a model but you can follow me on Twitter: @HkyBlogger, and you can “like” us on Facebook here: . 

As per usual, we are in bold.

How has your day been?

The day’s been great. I’m actually in London, Ontario right now getting surgery tomorrow so it was my last to hang out with family. I ended up going to Niagara Falls to see some sights and have a nice family dinner. Now I’m back at the house relaxing.

Surgery? What surgery are you having tomorrow?

I had surgery on my right shoulder five weeks ago and now I’m going for my left shoulder tomorrow.

I assume it’s a nagging injury that you’re getting fixed only because it’s the off season?

Yea pretty much. Something that just needed to get done now rather than wait it out.

Well we wish you a speedy recovery. So what’s a day normal day in the life of Carter Rigby? Non-surgery day?

Ha well I haven’t had a normal day in a while. This off season so far I haven’t been able to do much, can’t work really or do too much in the gym, so it’s usually a run in the morning with a friend or a bike ride in the gym than just hanging out with friends and family. Life is pretty relaxing in at the moment. I get pretty spoiled living in Penticton, BC so the beach is where you could find me any day after workouts.

What’s something people don’t know about you? Something special maybe?

When I was younger, I was entered in to a baseball competition and placed first in my town then went to provincials where I also came first. Then I went to nationals in Toronto and placed 2nd in Canada in my age group.

You worked your way up to the WHL, so what’s the difference between Jr. A and WHL?

I think just the overall talent in general is better than Jr. A. The speed, strength, and professionalism in the Western Hockey League is better in my opinion.  The amount of games we play I feel is more in the Western Hockey League and just playing with so many highly ranked NHL prospects is better, to name a couple things.

What kind of player do you consider yourself?

A power forward with a good shot and hockey sense that can bring some leadership to the room as well.

Are you the quiet leader who does it on the ice, or a vocal leader?

A vocal leader for sure, but I can lead by example on the ice as well.

What’s on thing that makes playing in Kelowna so much better than playing anywhere else?

The fans for sure. But if anyone’s been to Kelowna they know it’s of the nicest cities to live in. Going to the rink in shorts most of the time isn’t bad at all and once you’re done at the rink, you’re off to the beach of to one of the (golf) courses with the guys to enjoy yourself. It’s the perfect size for a junior hockey team and I wouldn’t want to play for any other organization in junior hockey.

You guys had a great regular season this year. What’s the secret to having a great season?

I think it’s just setting goals and sticking to them. We set a goal at the start of the year to win our division and the guys in the room believed in it and we just went out every night and had fun and worked hard. I also have to give credit to every guy just because we had such a tight knit group that really played for each other and wanted to win every night.

So what has been the highest point of your career?

Having back to back hat tricks this year was a pretty cool feeling that I’ll never forget but even though I wasn’t playing, watching the boys this year come back from a 3-0 lead that Seattle had on us was something I wish I could have been on the ice for, but I’ll never forget that.

Lowest point?

Hands down this year when I was told that I was done for the year after only playing 34 games and now having both shoulders worked on.

Would you consider that to be motivation to train harder this summer?

Yes for sure I have to, I won’t have much time to fully train so when I can start, I’ll have to take full advantage of it and push myself to come back stronger and better than last year to make an impact and help my team out and hopefully impress the right people.

So we interviewed a few of your teammates a while back, here’s a chance to embarrass them. Do you have any embarrassing/funny stories about Tyson Baillie or Myles Bell?

What happens in the room stays in the room haha.

Damn. Answer this please. On a scale of 1-10, how much of a bromance is Tyson Baillie and Myles Bell in right now?

Haha I haven’t been around them too much in the summer with them but I give them a solid 8 out of 10. Roommates by day, boyfriends by night.

The next part is a rapid fire round. Don’t think. Just answer. Ready?

Go for it

Favourite food?


Place you’d love to visit?


One crazy thing you want to try?

Sky diving

You win the lottery, how do you spend the money?

Taking all my family and friends to an all-inclusive resort somewhere for a week

Dogs or cats?

Ahh never had a dog only cats so cats but I do like dogs as well.

What’s on your iPod right now?

Time flies Tuesday is pretty big on it right now.

Final questions: Tell us about @RockHockeyT.

It’s a great clothing company run by a girl I work with at the hockey schools in the summer who’s doing really well for herself and hooks me and some of the guys up on our team with some shirts here and there. Highly recommend checking it out!

Haha can you hook me up with a shirt? Kidding! Does @RockHockeyT have a website?

Yes they do. Off the top of my head I can’t think of it but give it a Google search and look away!

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Who should we interview next?

Definitely not Ryan Olsen that’s a given but I’d say Riley Stadel. Usually get a good laugh outta him.

Advice for aspiring hockey players?

Have fun is the biggest thing and no matter what remember tomorrow’s a new day. Make memories and enjoy the ride. Work had and never sell yourself short.

Thank you for your time

Thanks a lot.


Interview With Ryan Pulock!


Have you met Ryan Pulock? He was most recently the Captain of the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL! He has entered the 2013 NHL Draft and is projected to go in the beginning – middle of the 1st Round! Steve Hoffner of has him going 8th overall, while International Scouting Services have him listed as 14th! He’s a super nice and professional guy, but he’s still a great follow on Twitter: @RPulock2! If me complimenting him isn’t enough for you to follow him, just know this. There are flames in his Twitter picture. If you have flames in you display picture, you deserve a follow right? Follow me on Twitter as well! I don’t have flames but, i’m still a good follow I think! @HkyBlogger. You can “like” us on Facebook here: . Got an opinion? Comment below and we promise to get back to you as soon as possible! 

We are in bold.

How’s your day been?

It’s been a good day, got a round of golf in with few buddies.

So what’s a normal day in the life of Ryan Pulock?

Well in the summer, workout twice a day then in the evening either watch some Blue Jays go for a round of golf or go fishing

Do you have a favourite Jays player?

Kinda hard to pick one but my favorites are Bautista, Encarnacion, and Reyes

So what’s one thing most people don’t know about Ryan Pulock? Something fun? Embarrassing? The possibilities are endless!

Well I am a huge Jays fan! Love fishing and anything outdoors.

So on to hockey, what’s it like playing in a rebuilding team?

Well it was tough this past year, having such a young team, but I learnt a lot over the year.

If there’s one thing you learnt this year that stood out, what would it be?

The biggest thing would have been how to face adversity, I ran into injury problems and never had to deal with that till this past year along with the adversity of not winning but I learnt a lot.

Every city has something that makes the city special. Whether it be the fans or something simple, like the benches are comfy. What makes playing at home better than playing anywhere else?

Well here in Brandon we have good fan support, and other guys in the league I talk to they always say Brandon is tough to play in, but I think travel comes in to play and all my years here it seems like we play really good at home and I think it’s just because you are most comfortable at home. 

If you don’t return to Brandon next year, what’s one thing you won’t forget about Brandon?

Well the fans, there is a lot of loyal fans and it is a small city so you get to meet a lot of the fans and you create a lot relationships with people and just how professional the organization is.

Speaking of fans, if a fan sees you on the street and wants to say hi or take a picture with you, what are some do’s and dont’s about meeting Ryan Pulock?

Really nothing, I’m very easy to get along with and can have a conversation with anyone.

Have you ever had an awkward moment with a fan?

Can’t say I have yet, but I’m sure eventually one day it may happen.

What do you think is your strongest attribute as a hockey player?

For me my shot is, but I also move the puck very effectively and read the ice well.

Your biggest weakness?

I think my biggest weakness is being physical in the defensive zone, I feel I have improved alot, but still room to get better.

How do you think you can improve your defensive game, whether it be on or off the ice?

I just gotta be more physical, I have a good stick and good body position, I just gotta get harder on guys in front of the net and in the corners.

This is your draft year and you’re projected to go in the 1st Round. How nervous are you for the 30th?

I wouldn’t say I’m nervous, I’m just excited. Nothing more I can do now, it’s basically just wait and see so I’m not gonna worry about it and just enjoy it.

So many of our readers are highly unlikely to be drafted into the NHL or have the opportunity to be invited to the NHL combine, so tell us about your NHL combine experience?

It was a neat experience, I met with NHL GMs and scouts that know so much about you and the game was cool, and the fitness testing part of it was really challenging.

So the interview you have with teams, what do teams ask you about?

The questions were basically hockey questions, asking about my game, or about family background, obviously they know what kind of player I am. they are looking to see what kind of person I am.

That’s really cool! we interviewed your teammates Eric Roy and Nick Walters. Do you have any funny or embarrassing stories about either of them?

Can’t say I do no.

Dang. Haha. The next part is a rapid fire round of the interview. Don’t think, just answer. Ready?


Favourite food?


Most exciting play in hockey?

Nice goal.

Who’s the hardest player to defend against?

Adam Lowry

Favourite place in Brandon?

Rink/Movie Theater

Last movie you saw?


How was it?

It was really good actually! Pretty funny.

Final Questions:

Who should we interview next? 

Brendan Harms

Any advice for aspiring hockey players?

Well I think you just gotta keep working hard hockey is a great career , but I think the main part is to just have fun. It’s a fun game to play and if you work hard you will get rewarded.

Thank you for your time we wish you the best of luck in the upcoming draft.

Thank you


Interview With Eric Roy!


We recently caught up with Eric Roy of the Brandon Wheat Kings! He’s eligible for this year’s draft and is projected to go in the first three rounds. Just a little fact about him that shows his dedication. He’s from a remote town named Beauval, Saskatchewan. In Beauval, there isn’t a hockey rink. So as a result, his family would have to drive him 300+ KM Round trip for practices and games. Talk about dedication! You can follow him on Twitter: @Royzy07 . You can follow me on Twitter: @HkyBlogger. You can also “like” us on Facebook here:

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As per usual we are in bold.

So what’s a day in the life of Eric Roy?

I get up and usually eat about 7 meals a day, hang out with friends, watch some NHL hockey. I also workout twice a day during the off season.

So we know your name, but nothing really cool, what’s something really cool about you that I won’t find by Googling you?

I’m a prankster, friendly and I get along with everyone.

Do you feel like you have to play a leadership role on the team since there are players who are three years younger than you?

Yes, I did take on a leadership role. Obviously we had a younger team this year but it was up to me to show them what it takes to play in the WHL.

What kind of defenseman do you consider yourself?

I consider myself a two-way Defensemen.

Would you consider this season an off-year? 

We had our ups and downs but I feel we got better as the year went along.

It is your draft year, if I’m a GM and ask you to tell me why my team should draft you, what would you say?

You should draft me because I love to play the game and I’m willing to work hard and do whatever they want me to do for my development.

You were selected to play in the CHL Top Prospect game, so can you tell me a little about your experience there?

It was exciting. I felt very honoured to be there to represent my team. I also learned how to deal with the pressure. There was over 10,000 people there.

Is playing with the Top Prospects different from playing in a regular WHL game?

It was a little bit different. The prospects game was fast and intense and there are lots of good players at it. It was a lot of fun to play there.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

If I get drafted, it will be the highlight of my career, can’t wait till the day.

What has been your lowlight so far? 

My plus minus this year.

How did you persevere from it?

Just work extra hard everyday to improve it.

We’ve interviewed your teammate, Nick Walters, are there any secrets you could expose about him?

He’s a good guy not many secrets about him.


The next part is a “lightning round”, are you ready?

Favourite food?

Steak and potato salad

One thing you can’t live without?


How do you kill time?

Fishing, playing softball

Best buddy on the team?

I like everyone

Every team does pranks, what’s the best prank you’ve seen?

Sticks and equipment taped together

What’s on your iPod?


Pet peeve?

Slow drivers


Final Questions:

Any advice for aspiring hockey players?

Never give up, Keep pushing yourself harder everyday. 

Who should we interview next?

Ryan Pulock

Thank you for your time. We wish you the best of luck in the upcoming draft.