Do you know who Nikita Korostelev is? If you do, that’s great! If you don’t, let me introduce him to you. He was drafted 9th Overall in the OHL Priority Draft. He came to Canada when he was just 14 years old. He’s about to start the season, and you can follow him on his journey by following him on Twitter: @MrKrostik! You can follow me on Twitter: @HkyBlogger, and “like” us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/notyouraveragehockeyblog. Without further to do, here is our interview with Nikita Korostelev!
As per usual, we are in bold.
How has your day been?
It was just a regular day with workout, team practice and a little game of COD with some buddies.
What’s the gameday routine for you?
The game day is always same for me, with a little skate in the morning, pasta 4 hours before the game and little 45 minute nap.
Do any of your teammates go absolutely nuts with the superstitions?
Well, every hockey player has his own habits before the game including me, one of which is taking a really cold shower before going to the rink.
On to more hockey related things, You moved here at the young age of 14 without your parents, was the first year tough?
The first couple months were tough, because my English wasn’t really good. I came here to Canada because I wasn’t growing as a hockey player in Russia.
You’ve been quoted as saying that you moved here to better your chances of getting to the NHL. Did you ever consider just going home instead of playing in the OHL?
Right now I don’t even think about going home, all my thoughts are about this season with the Sting.
How great was the feeling of getting drafted to the Sarnia Sting with the 9th Overall pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Draft?
I can 100% say it was the best feeling in my life when I heard my name.
How excited are you for the OHL season?
I’m really excited, and glad I have this opportunity.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
It was in Russia, we had the biggest tournament in the country and I scored 5 goals in the final game.
The next part is a rapid fire round!
Don’t think about your answers, just answer them!
Class you enjoy most?
One class you hate?
If you weren’t aspiring to be a hockey player what would you want to be?
Favourite childhood toy?
White bear toy.
How many languages are you fluent in?
2: Russian and English.
Best part about playing in Sarnia?
I can really grow as a hockey player.
Final questions: Who should we interview next?