We had a chance to have a little chat with Tyson Baillie! He currently plays for the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL. Drafted in the 3rd Round of the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, Baillie has had to work his butt off to show that he deserved playing time. And he has shown just that. In the 2012-2013 WHL season, Baillie played 67 games and was good for 56 points. According to TSN.ca’s WHL Player Rankings, Baillie was ranked as the 48th best player, good for 2nd out of all 2014 NHL Draft Eligible players in the WHL.
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So no more rambling from me, without further to do….
We are in bold.
So how has your day been?
My day has been good, just finished working out at the rink with Myles Bell and now we are at our favourite place to eat, Momo’s.
So what kind of food does Momo’s serve?
So what’s a day in the life Tyson Baillie?
I usually wake up at 8 and go pick up Myles to go workout at the rink. Some days after the workout we go golfing or go lay by the pool. At night usually watch hockey or play Xbox.
Haha so you and Myles, is there a bromance going on right now?
Haha well we lived together throughout the year and we are the same person and now that all the boys are gone. We are the only people we know in town.
So you grew up in Fort Saskatchewan, were you a Flames fan or an Oilers fan?
I am a diehard Oilers fan.
Haha do you have a favourite player?
My favourite Oiler was Hemsky but my favourite player is Danny Briere.
So do you try to model your game like one of those players?
No, I model my game kinda like (LA Kings Forward) Mike Richards. A grinding offensive forward that’s smaller.
So what kind of player do you consider yourself?
An offensive player that likes to grind and hit.
What’s one thing that makes you stand out in comparison to other players?
My will to win.
You’ve played in the WHL playoffs twice is there something that you learn in the playoffs you just don’t learn in the regular season?
Well you learn that you have to take your game to a new level and that anything can happen on any night. You always have to be prepared.
Can you give us an example of how you have to be prepared for anything?
You just have to be mentally focused and prepared, Can’t get rattled.
So what has been your highlight of your career so far?
My highlight would be this past playoffs being down 3-0 in the first round to Seattle and coming back to win it in overtime in Game 7.
What has been the lowlight of your career?
At the start of this year when I was getting healthy scratched and wasn’t playing much.
How did you persevere from this low point?
I just started working on little things after practice and working on my speed because skating is my downfall.
So as you know I interviewed Jordon Cooke. Is there anything embarrassing/funny about him?
Haha I’ve known him for ten years and one thing that sticks out in my mind is how soft he is and loves to be romantic.
Haha! Cute romantic or just ew gooey romantic?
Just gooey. Haha takes it overboard. – I thought about asking for an example, but I thought elsewise.
So the next part is a rapid fire round. Ready?
Play road hockey at the tennis courts in Fort Saskatchewan.
One thing that bugs the heck out of you?
How soft (Jordon) Cooke is.
What’s on your iPod right now?
Don’t listen to my iPod but I had two favourite CDs. The Essential 80s and Johnny Cash.
Favourite TV show?
Trailer Park Boys
Every team does pranks and the Kelowna Rockets are no different, what’s the best one you’ve seen?
Probably my first year in Kelowna, Myles Bell and Kevin Smith went around putting toilet paper on people’s cars and no one found out who we doing it until the end of the year.
So your car…?
No didn’t have one that year but my roomies’ car got it.
Who should we interview next?
Advice for aspiring hockey players?
Keep focused on your goal and always work as hard as you can.
Thank you for your time.
Anytime. Take care!