A few days ago, we caught up with Kyle Bonis of the Charlotte Checkers. Previously, he played a few games for the Norfolk Admirals, and was the captain of the Ferris State Bulldogs! Prior to that, he also played in the NAHL and USHL. You can follow him on Twitter: @KBonis28! You can follow me on Twitter: @HkyBlogger, and you can “like” us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/NotYourAverageHockeyBlog
Without further to do, here is our interview with Kyle Bonis!
As per usual, we are in bold.
How has your day been?
It has been busy, I drove back to Ferris State today to finish the last three weeks of summer training and skating everyday.
You studied at Ferris State for four years before playing a few games at Norfolk, what was your major?
My major is in business, with a concentration in small business management.
So playing at Ferris State, how did you juggle your time between studying and playing hockey at the same time?
The key is finding a good routine and sticking to it.
Did you ever feel like leaving school and turning pro early?
No the thought never crossed my mind. But that is all about opportunity as well. If the right situation came along then you would never know.
So you were the captain of the Ferris State hockey team. What was a piece of advice you would always pass on to the rookies?
Just work hard every day. Leave the rink a better player than when you showed up.
Is there any added pressure being the captain of the squad?
Yeah I think so. But you are prepared for that responsibility and it was a role I took very seriously. You learn a lot about yourself in that position as well.
What’s the most important thing you learnt being the captain?
Patience. We had a very young team last year, and you can’t force chemistry, but when we came together we were a great team. It was amazing to watch and be a part of.
Do you have any regrets about Ferris State hockey now that you’ve graduated?
No, not a moment goes by that I don’t know how lucky I was to play at such a great spot. The teams I was a part of and the friends I made will be lifelong memories that I will cherish.
So tell us what it was like to sign a contract with the Norfolk Admirals! What was it like and what was going through your mind?
Well it was all so quick. Our season ended last year. So I was down about that, and then I had to get mentally prepared to go play again. But it was an exciting moment nevertheless. I learnt a lot, hoping to take some of what I learned to Charlotte this year.
Even though you played a few games at Norfolk, do you feel you have fond memories of Norfolk?
Yeah I will. Scoring my first goal and getting my first taste of pro hockey will always be a great memory.
Speaking of the goal, what was it like, and do you remember your celebration afterwards?
It was a partial breakaway and I just put it on net. I remember smiling on the bench soaking it all in. The game is supposed to be fun and I was trying to take a moment to enjoy it. That moment can never be taken away.
What should fans expect from Kyle Bonis this season?
A guy who works hard and loves the game. I will do whatever it takes to be an impact player.
What has been the highlight of your career?
Playing in the national championship was the most memorable to date. That whole week was a dream. Losing will always sting but the experience was positive.
Getting cut from the USHL after 11 games. It was tough. It took a while to get my confidence back and play the way I can. I take that experience and use it as fuel.
How did you persevere from that?
I went to Traverse City and had a great coach in Anthony Palumbo. He threw me in big situations and I began to believe in my abilities again.
The next part is more of a rapid fire session. Don’t think just answer!
What’s on your iPod?
A mix of everything. I love country music, but I listen to hip hop and house music before games.
Favourite subject as a kid?
Morning person or a night person?
One thing you miss most about home?
My family and dog.
Who should we interview next?
Brady Austin. He plays in Belleville and was drafted by Buffalo.
Any advice for aspiring hockey players?
Enjoy the game. Love being at the rink, but respect the work that comes with being elite.
Thank you for your time!
No problem. Appreciate it.