We recently caught up with Garrett Noonan of the Boston University Terriers, and the Nashville Predators! Garrett was drafted by the Predators in the fourth round of the 2011 NHL Draft. As a junior, he was named an alternate captain of a very strong Terriers squad which include Sharks draft pick Danny O’Regan. You can find out what it’s like to be an alternate captain of such a good team by following him on Twitter: @GarrettNoonan13. You can follow me on Twitter: @HkyBlogger, “like” us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/notyouraveragehockeyblog
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How has your day been?
My day has been good, I moved home from school a week or so ago so and I’ve been enjoying time with my family which has been great.
What’s your game day schedule like?
My game day schedule is breakfast at 10:00AM then pre-game skate at 12:30PM. We usually have a team meeting at 1:45PM. Then a meal at 2:00PM. Then I usually go back and play video games or nap for a little. So it’s pretty busy. I wish I had a little more down time on game days.
Your go to video game?
My favourites are Madden, FIFA, and NHL. I like Call of Duty too but I put most of my time into Madden, FIFA and NHL.
Haha sounds fun! Do you have any pre game superstitions you have to follow?
No I don’t really believe in that kind of stuff I just like to have fun and enjoy it.
Ever had a teammate that went crazy with them?
Haha I’m not too sure I really don’t pay attention to that kind of stuff I just think it’s so ridiculous but one of my good friends always kisses a Peter Forsberg card before he goes on the ice.
Haha, the card must be pretty gross looking by now! So what was it like to play under legendary coach Jack Parker?
It was definitely pretty special to get that opportunity especially growing up in the Boston area. I always dreamed of playing at BU and to play for Coach Parker, means a lot to me to be fortunate enough to get to say I played for him.
Did you or any of the guys get emotional when you learnt he would be retiring?
I wouldn’t say we got emotional but at that same time we knew that someone who meant a lot to us and to the school who had been there for 40 Years was leaving and we all were kind of shocked and sad to see him go. But at the same time, happy that he gets to enjoy time with his family and do things that he loves to do, which will be nice for him. He deserves a vacation I think.
What’s the most important thing coach Parker has taught you? It doesn’t have to be hockey related!
The most important thing he probably taught me was probably just doing things the right way and how important it is to surround yourself with good people. I think just being around him every day and how he’d been at BU for forty years but each day he came to the rink like it was his last day there, I think that rubs off on people and you see his passion and you want to win for him.
So on to the NHL, tell us what it was like to get drafted to the Nashville Predators in the 4th Round of the 2011 NHL Draft? Were you at the draft? Who did you hug first?
It was pretty special getting drafted I was excited and to get drafted to a team that develops defenseman as good as Nashville does was A good feeling. I was not at the draft so there was no hugging going on. I was at the rink and had just skated. When I found out I called my parents and my two brothers and sister and they were all really happy for me.
Were you skating alone when you found out?
I was just out skating with some guys on my team playing 3 on 3.
Did you freak out to them when you found out?
Haha I wouldn’t say I freaked out but I was excited and it was good to see two of my classmates had been drafted in the same draft too.
Let’s give a shoutout to them! Who were you classmates who were drafted along with you?
Matt Nieto and Adam Clendening , Nieto was drafted by the sharks and Adam was by the Blackhawks
So what has been the highlight of your career so far?
The highlight of my career so far was definitely winning the RBC Cup which is the national junior A championship in Canada with my junior team the Vernon Vipers.
What has been your lowlight of your career?
Probably getting hurt last season separating my shoulder which basically ended my season. That was the first time in my life I had missed hockey games because of an injury and it was really hard for me to deal with. But overall I think I took a lot out of it and it’s made me mentally tougher.
The next part is more of a rapid fire round!
Don’t think just answer.
Favourite past time?
Baseball was always my favourite sport. I still love going out and playing catch and watching baseball all the time.
Secret people don’t know about you?
Something people don’t know about me is that I love to be with my family.
Best prank you’ve done or seen?
Best prank I’ve seen is probably when one of my teammates hid another ones hockey bag after we got off the bus and the kid thought He forgot his hockey bag at our home rink when the game was away.
That must have freaked him out like crazy! Haha!
One NHL player you wish you were?
My favourite NHL player is Logan Couture.
Who should we interview next?
Haha not sure who you should do next lots of guys I’m sure would love to.
Advice for aspiring hockey players?
Advice would just be just have fun and attitude is altitude.
Thanks for your time!