Have you heard of Morgan Klimchuk? He’s currently playing for Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League. He his draft elegible this year and is projected to be a mid 1st Round – Early 2nd round pick. He has great Hockey IQ and can provide “game changing” passes. If you want to learn more about the personal side of him, follow him on Twitter: @MorganKlimchuk. You can follow me on Twitter: @HkyBlogger and “like” us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/notyouraveragehockeyblog
Without further to do, here’s our interview with Regina Pats’ forward Morgan Klimchuk! We are in bold.
How has your day been?
Good thank you, I worked out in the morning and then went to the driving range.
What’s a day in the life of Morgan Klimchuk?
Up at 7, Workout at 9 and then I am free for the rest of the day.
How old were you when you first started playing hockey?
I was 3 years old.
As a child, did you play any other sports or were you a one sport athlete?
I played lacrosse and hockey, I stopped playing lacrosse at age 12.
You are considered “small” at 5’11. How do you overcome the concerns people have with your height?
By out working anyone who is bigger than me and using my vision and hockey sense to exploit mistakes people make, or to read the play.
In your first season in the WHL, what was it like to only play five games?
I played the maximum of 5 games when I was 15 years old, that is all you are allowed to play. But it was a very beneficial experience, where I learned what it takes to play at the WHL level.
So this was your third year in the WHL, was there something you learnt over the years that stands out?
It was only my 2nd full season in the WHL, and learning how to be a consistent player is something that I found to be a challenge but very important now that I have some experience in the league.
You have represented Canada multiple times, both at the U18 WJC, and at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, what was that like?
It was an honour playing with the Canadian jersey on, and to experience the feeling of winning with that jersey on was something I will never forget and cherish for the rest of my life.
So this is your draft year, tell us about the combine, what was that like?
The combine was a busy, stressful week but it was good to meet with all the teams and go through the fitness testing to see how you stack up against top rated prospects in the world.
What has been the highlight of your career?
Winning gold as this past U18 world championships in Sochi, Russia.
Not making playoffs as a 17 year old in the WHL.
How did you persevere from it?
By continuing to work hard and bring back experience and leadership to the team next year.
The next part is a rapid fire round. Don’t think. Just answer.
Last movie you saw?
If you could be any animal, what would it be?
Did you have any pets growing up?
How do you unwind after a long day?
Watching a movie.
On a scale of 1-10 how nervous are you for the draft?
What’s on your iPod?
Music, country and rap.
Who should we interview next?
Any advice for aspiring hockey players?
Work hard every day, hard work and acting with professionalism and class will get you very farther than a lot of people realize.
Thank you for your time.