Jarrod Maidens has had a few up and down years. Just a few years ago, he scored the game winning goal in Game 7 of the OHL Final against the Mississauga Majors! He also suffered a devastating concussion almost two years ago. It’s been an up and down two years and we hope him the best of luck in his recovery. He was also drafted by the Ottawa Senators with the 82nd Overall Pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. You can follow him on Twitter: @Jarrod_Maids. You can follow me on Twitter: @HkyBlogger, and you can “like” us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/NotYourAverageHockeyBlog
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First things first, you were sent home a few days ago when your concussion symptoms returned. How are you feeling?
Yes but I am feeling better thanks for asking.
How frustrating is it to wake up one morning and have headaches?
It is pretty tough dealing with things like headaches because I can’t really do much about it. I try not to let it ruin my day and I focus on the great blessings I already have in my life.
How do you deal with the frustration?
I try to be positive and look at the bright side of circumstances like this. Going to church and having a personal relationship with God has helped me to accomplish that. My great family and friends are also really important during this.
How many concussions do you think you’ve had over the years?
I believe this is my first concussion I’ve had that has kept me from doing something.
Let’s move away from the negatives of your career into happier times shall we?
What was it like to lead the Owen Sound Attack in 2010-2011 to their first J. Robertson Cup since 1923-1924?
It was an amazing feeling to help the Owen Sound Attack have a long and successful season during my rookie year. They’re such a great group of people in the organization.
Is there added pressure with getting an ‘A’ on your jersey at such a young age?
I was really thankful to receive an ‘A’ at such an early age in the league. I knew I was mature enough to take on the role but definitely still had a lot of learning to do. The ‘A’ didn’t add pressure; it made me want to prove I could handle it.
What was it like to be drafted by the Ottawa Senators with the 82nd pick in the 2012 NHL Draft?
It was a fantastic feeling being drafted by Ottawa. It was a moment in my life that I will never forget.
Where were you, who did you hug first, and what was the first thought in your mind when they announced your name?
I was at the draft live. I think it was my dad I hugged first. The first thought that entered my mind was instantly thinking about how I had family in Ottawa and near it. As a kid I always knew Ottawa as a trip to go see family members once a year.
Besides the draft, what has been another highlight of your career you will never forget?
I will never forget scoring the overtime goal in Game 7 of the OHL championship to help Owen Sound defeat Mississauga.
Has there been one particular lowlight that stands out unlike the rest?
My concussion injury has been the lowlight that stands out to me. It’s been a hard battle at times but I’ve been able to get through it one step at a time.
The next part is a “rapid fire” round. This is where the fans get to know you in a personal level. Don’t think at all. Just answer!
Do you have a hobby?
As a hobby I love to play ping pong and my guitar.
Ever had a really awkward interview experience? (Besides this one.)
I have never had an awkward interview yet.
Ever had a really awkward experience with a fan?
I can’t think of any awkward experiences with a fan at the moment.
Do’s and dont’s of approaching Jarrod Maidens?
I don’t have any do’s or dont’s when it comes to approaching me. Just be yourself!
Secret people don’t know about you?
I like to talk in my sleep.
Do you have any pets?
We have two dogs and a hamster.
I love a nice steak dinner.
Who should we interview next?
Devon Rymarchuk aka @devonrymar is a good friend and old teammate in Owen Sound who is now with Barrie. He’s a great person and competitor on the ice.
Advice for aspiring hockey players?
My advice to aspiring hockey players is work hard and enjoy every minute of it. Each day gone is one you can’t get back. Appreciate everything in your life that you have.
Thank you for your time!
Thanks a lot for the interview! God bless.