We caught up with Tommy O’Regan of the Harvard Crimson recently! He currently plays at Harvard University as a forward. In 32 games this year, he had 3 goals and 12 assists. He plays a very clean game, with only 4 PIM in 32 games this year. His father is Thomas O’Regan, player for many teams over his 15 year career. You can follow Tommy on Twitter: @TommyFROregan. You can also follow me on Twitter: @HkyBlogger and “like” us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/NotYourAverageHockeyBlog.
So without further to do, our interview with Tommy O’Regan!
We are in bold.
So first things first how was your day?
It was a nice Sunday. I went to a graduation party, shot some hoops with my dad after we washed a couple of our cars. Spent it outside which was good on such a nice day.
What’s a day in the life of Tommy O’Regan?
Well now that its the summer I’m working out early in the morning over at school about 20 minutes away from my hometown Needham, Mass. where i then go back and work an internship until 5 p.m. Then i’m also skating a couple nights a week. So it’s a little taste of the real world for me this summer.
How old were you when you first laced them up?
I think I was around 3.
What influence did you dad have on you, since he played in the NHL?
He has been an unbelievable influence and role model for me and my brother Danny. While we were growing up and developing he always knew when to be hard on us and when to let us figure things out on our own. He’s taught me so many things along the way I wouldn’t even know where to begin. He has been really supportive the whole way through.
What are you planning to major in at Harvard?
Government major, psychology minor.
Does anyone ever give you a weird look when you say you play hockey at Harvard?
I guess since we go to Harvard a lot of times people immediately say “oh you must be a genius”. We definitely have some bright guys, but trust me the Harvard Hockey team wont be curing the common cold any time soon.
What type of player do you consider yourself?
A playmaker probably.
Quick! You’re on a 2 on 0, do you shoot or do you dish it out?
No one really wants to be selfish on a 2 on 0. Both of the boys got to grab a point on that one. So we would probably pass back and forth a few times then whoever thinks they can score will shoot it. But you got to get a couple passes in.
What’s your greatest asset as a player?
I’d say my hands, playmaking, and puck protection help me be pretty effective in the offensive zone.
What can you work on?
I definitely need to shoot the puck more and take it to the net myself more.
What’s been the highlight of your career?
The highlight has probably been playing against my brother Danny at BU this past year in our first career game against each other. It was really cool being out there against him in such a great hockey game, and it was a big win for our team in overtime.
Lowlight was definitely when I didn’t make Varsity Hockey my Sophomore year at St. Sebastian’s, and had to play J.V. that year.
How did you persevere?
Even though it was difficult, I made the best of it and just had some fun that year. Then when summer came around I guess I just started working out harder and taking it more seriously. Then when I came back Junior year it paid off and I made the team.
So I have interviewed a few of your teammates; Alex Fallstrom and Jimmy Vesey, and there’s a few rumors we’d like you to confirm.
Is it true Alex sucks at dancing?
I’ve seen worse and i’ve seen better. He fist pumps a lot which is pretty generic but it suits him just fine. He’s a real good DJ though.
Can you confirm the rumor that apparently Jimmy’s never had a vegetable until he’s arrived at Harvard?
Ya Jim doesn’t eat anything green. He can be picky sometimes. Not as weird as Pat McNally’s eating history though, he’s never once had Cheetos, Skittles, Poptarts, and probably other absurd things I can’t remember.
So I’ve been told that you committed to Harvard pretty early. How early is early?
I think it was early relative to our class, but not that early. It was August going into my Senior year of high school.
The next part is questions submitted by our readers. I did not reveal your name to keep this interview a surprise, but they know that you’re from Harvard.
“What did it take for you to get to Harvard?” – Grace Lim:
I guess good athletic/academic guidance and preparation in high school.
“What would you do with a million dollars?” – Madison Lui
I’d definitely take a bunch of cool trips. I’d get a personal chef for sure. I’d buy probably 12-15 penguins and a giant refrigerator to connect to my house that they can live in. I would pay someone to follow me around and document every inspirational thing i ever say, just in case a movie is made about me. Maintenance of the penguin refrigerator shouldn’t be too bad. Definitely would spend a lot on going to all of the best concerts and events with all of my chill, cool friends. I have to look into how expensive penguin food is. A personal spa/masseuse. And lastly, a gold statue of myself ripping a phone-book in half, to be placed behind 2nd base at Fenway Park.
“If you could meet anyone (even if they’re dead), who would it be and why?” – Carol Yao
or fictional? Michael Scott.
“Would you rather fight 100 duck size horses or 1 horse sized duck?” – Brian Li
One horse sized duck. Go for the legs.
“Which NHL player do you think you play a similar style to?” – Anson Wong
probably someone like Jason Spezza.
“Have you ever met Jeremy Lin?” – Jonathan Kunihiro
No Jeremy Lin has never met me.
“What does a hockey player from Harvard do in his spare time?” – Montana Fung
Boring answer you know just play video games, catch up on T.V. shows, eat and hang with all the guys on the team. When we’re not in the classroom or at practice it’s nice to just take it easy.
Who should we interview next?
Any advice for aspiring hockey players?
Have fun and stay confident no matter what on the ice, that’s one of the biggest aspects of having success in hockey. Work hard and don’t lose your confidence.
Thank you for your time.