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 NHL.com 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: https://www.facebook.com/notyouraveragehockeyblog . Got an opinion? Comment below and we promise to get back to you as soon as possible!
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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?
Most exciting play in hockey?
Who’s the hardest player to defend against?
Favourite place in Brandon?
Last movie you saw?
How was it?
It was really good actually! Pretty funny.
Who should we interview next?
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.