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Get To Know Rob Schremp!

SchrempWe did this a few weeks back, but we somehow forgot to post this. So here it is! We caught up with Rob Schremp of the EV Zug of the NLA! Previously, Rob has played in the NHL for the Thrashers, Oilers, and the Islanders. If you don’t know, he’s actually super creative! Here’s some clips of his shooutout magic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwovbIyPYJk (sticktap to rs44ap12 for the video!). He’s actually a great follow on Twitter and you can follow him here: @RobSchremp, and you can also “like” him on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rob-Schremp/101095199952283! You can also “like” us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/notyouraveragehockeyblog and you can follow me on Facebook @HkyBlogger!

Without further to do, here is our interview with Rob Schremp!
As per usual, we are in bold.

So first question, how has your day been?
My day has been good, just finished the first weekend of the season pulling off a win after being down 3-0 and we took the top team in the league to overtime in their rink, so all and all it’s a pretty good day so far.
So what’s it like to play in hockey in Zug in comparison to the NHL? Is there a more intimate feeling with the fans?
The fans in Zug are very passionate and very supportive; the games have a bit of a soccer game feel to them with all the chants and drums being played. I find it to be a bit more intimate with the fans in the sense that we live in a smaller city where in the NHL most teams are in bigger cities and a lot of people. Both experiences have been great, in the NHL and now here in Zug.
Do you get recognized on the street like you would in North America in Zug?
Probably more in Zug.
Have you ever had a really awkward interaction with a fan?
Not really to be honest, nothing comes to mind.
What has been the hardest transition between playing in the NLA and the NHL?
The ice surface is much bigger in the NLA and which creates a lot of speed, the game in Switzerland is very fast.
So is there a lot more attention in training towards fitness and conditioning versus the NHL?
I would say that they are pretty equal in importance on both sides of the pond; only difference here is that training camp is 6 weeks long.
In the NHL, was there one team you loved playing against more than any other team?
The team I liked playing against most was either Chicago Blackhawks with all three stars and my good buddy Dave Bolland and the Detroit Red Wings.
Best part about playing in Zug?
Very good fans and the travel is light.
Worst part?
There are no worst parts.
Highlight of you career?
Scoring a baseball style goal in Colorado
Here’s video of the “baseball style goal”!

(stick tap to hockeybuzztv for the video)
Lowlight of your career?
Not getting picked up after Atlanta.

The next part is more of a rapid fire round. A few more random questions, but this is where the fan gets to learn about you!
Favourite food?

Lobster hands down
Any pre game superstitions?
I like to go out on the ice in my shoes before the warm-up and mess around
What on your iPod right now?
Dave Mathews, Matt Kearney, pretty mellow stuff like Coldplay.
Did you play any other sports growing up?
I played almost every sport, football, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, and wrestling.

Final questions:
Who should we interview next?
Dave Bolland
Advice for aspiring hockey players?
Practice the small things of the game, passing shooting and skating as much as possible

Thanks for your time!
Photocreds: Skype, used with permission.

Interview With Fredrik Bergvik!

Photocreds: Twitter.com

Photocreds: Twitter.com

We recently caught up with Fredrik Bergvik of the Frolunda Indians J20! If that sounds familiar, its because we also interviewed William Lagesson, and Anton Karlsson who also play for Frolunda, but for the U18 teams! Unlike William and Anton, Fredrik has already been drafted! In 2013 NHL Draft, was drafted in the 4th Round (117th Overall) by the San Jose Sharks! He’s a great follow and you can follow him here: https://twitter.com/FredrikBergvik ! You can follow me on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/HkyBlogger or “like” us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/NotYourAverageHockeyBlog. Without further to do, here is our interview with Fredrik Bergvik!

We are in bold.

How has your day been?
My day has been good
I’m always very relaxed before games but still extremely focused. And that’s also how I am as a goalie.
What is your game time routine like?
I am a very explosive goalie and try to rely on my size and reflexes.
There’s a scale that many people believe goalies fall under. There’s the calm goalie who’s reading a book before the game like Martin Brodeur, and then there are the goalies that are absolutely crazy like Ilya Bryzgalov. Where do you think you fall under the scale?
Some people would call goalies crazy, but I don’t really consider myself that crazy.
Is there a goalie that you would compare yourself with?
I like to compare myself with goalies like Mike Smith or Henrik Lundqvist. They play very deep in the net, and so do I.
Where were you when you found out you were drafted?
The night of the draft, I was at home watching it online. I just called to congratulate one of my friends who were picked when I got the call that I had been drafted.
What were your initial thoughts when you were a draft pick of the San Jose Sharks?
I was very happy to be drafted to San Jose sharks. It’s a successful club with a lot of European goalies in their history.
You were selected to the Swedish U18 team, but did not play at all. What was it like to watch, but not be able to play? Did you learn anything from being on the bench during the U18?
Before the WJC U18, I was at the camp and had 2 practices before I was injured. My knee got a bad hit and I had to do a surgery.
What about your greatest strength as a goalie?
On the ice, my biggest strength is my will to compete, my will to win every game.
What has been the highlight of your career?
The biggest thing in my career so far is getting drafted by San Jose sharks.

This is where fans get to know you! Don’t think just answer! There are no wrong answers!
What has always been your favourite NHL team?

My favourite team has always been New York rangers. That’s mostly because Henrik Lundqvist has always been my biggest role model growing up.
Would you rather have an Olympic Gold Medal or Stanley Cup Ring?
Stanley Cup Ring
Favourite TV show?
Family Guy
Did you play any other sports growing up?
I played soccer and floorball growing up, and I also trained in judo
Favourite Food?
Favourite food, I would probably say tacos!

Final questions:
Who should we interview next?

I think you should interview Anton Blidh next; he is a strong, hardworking forward who’s drafted by the Boston Bruins!
Thank you for your time.

Why We Can’t Ban Fighting In Hockey

Hockey is a tough person’s sport. It’s not golf, it’s not curling, its not archery. There’s physical contact amongst players. Even Hall Of Fame goalie Ken Dryden had a say in this. Here’s an article in today’s Globe and Mail: http://m.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/dryden-case-for-fighting-in-hockey-continues-to-get-weaker-and-weaker/article15232138/?service=mobile It’s true, they cause concussions, and let it be clear, I am not pro-concussion. I think it’s a horrible result, and it makes me reconsider the need for it in hockey, but after some thinking, I still believe there is a need for fighting in hockey.

In light of yesterday’s “fight” between Braden Holtby and Ray Emery, there has been a new call to ban fighting in games. But was yesterday’s “fight” really a fight? I honestly don’t think so. It was just one goalie beating up another goalie.

If this is still considered a “hockey fight”, you seriously need to youtube “Goalie Fight”. Photocreds: http://storage.canoe.ca/v1/dynamic_resize/sws_path/suns-prod-images/1297486895063_ORIGINAL.jpg?quality=80&size=420x

I do not believe that has a fair place in hockey. We spoke with Providence State Friars and Calgary Flames goalie Jon Gillies who gave his two cents as a goalie and from a third party perspective regarding fighting in hockey, “I think fighting will always be part of the game, and goalie fights will always be a unique form of entertainment, but in cases such as the Flyers game last night, it seemed wrong to allow that goalie fight to happen, as Holtby didn’t even get his gloves off.” That really summarizes it all. Fighting is an ingrained part of hockey. Passion is an ingrained part of hockey. Kelowna Rocket’s goaltender Jordon Cooke has a say on it as well, “Fighting is a part of passion. Hockey is a passionate sport. Fighting is going to happen out of a heated situation or even standing up for a teammate. It happens due to passion for the game and therefore I believe fighting should not be banned.” But yesterday’s fisticuffs wasn’t a fight. Holtby didn’t even have his gloves off!

But back to the main topic. We need fighting in hockey. It enforces a code. You don’t just run over our star players and get away with it. To simplify it quite a bit, fighting is like the punishment your receive for doing something you shouldn’t do. In a way, it keeps the game safer. If you know you will get pummeled by a guy who’s 6’6 if you body check the other team’s star player and possibly injure him, you won’t do it. Kelowna Rockets captain and Washington Capitals prospect Madison Bowey believes fighting keeps players safe from cheap shots, ” No I don’t think it should be banned because without fighting we’ll get more guys running around and then we’ll start seeing more and more cheap shots.” Teammate and New Jersey Devils prospect Myles Bell echoes that point. “It shouldn’t be banned, I think without fighting a lot of guys will become a little braver and take liberties. Keeping fighting in the game keeps players honest.”

Again, I’m not pro-concussion, and many of you will say, “Oh so you think it’s fine for people to be pummeled day after day as a living don’t you?” No I don’t believe that. I think it’s horrible. But we can use this as an opportunity to further the research regarding brain injuries. I think the NHL has gone in the right steps to lower the risk of fighting. By not allowing players to take off helmets is a right step. It lower’s the risk that players have to hiting their head on the ice. We will never completely eradicate concussions in our sport. But we can certainly lower the risk.

Wayne Gretzky famously said that he does not support fighting in hockey, but in hindsight, how important do you think Marty McSorely and Dave Semenko were in his success? Without them, would he have been “the best player of all time” or would he just be one of the greatest of all time?

Do I believe the need for enforcers to drop the gloves for no reason? No. But I do believe in fighting for a cause. It’s the fact that there is an unwritten code in hockey. If you take out our star, we’ll take you out. The code is what keeps players from doing reckless things on the ice. It keeps everything in check. When we asked Ryan Pulock of the Brandon Wheat Kings and New York Islander’s prospect about the need for fighting, this is what he told me. “Well I feel like there’s a need for it at times, but I feel they could completely get rid of the senseless and needless fights.” I’m interpreting this on my own, and you can do so too, but I think he stresses the point that we need fights to keep the unwritten rules in check, but do we really need to get in a fight for the heck of getting into a fight?

I think a lot of you would think that i’m biased because I don’t have quotes saying that they should take fighting out of hockey. However, I asked quite a few players regarding this issue. Regretfully, only the players that replied to me are the ones I have quotes of. And they all said we should keep fighting in hockey. They are not all one type of person. We have goalies, we have defenseman, we have forwards. We have first rounders, we have players still in juniors. By no mean am I saying no hockey player out there thinks fighting should be banned. That’s simply not true. But in a time where everyone is stating there case that the NHL needs to ban fighting, I’m just here to argue that we need it. But you don’t have to listen to me. But you should listen to the players. They’re the ones out there fighting. They’re the ones experiencing the pain.

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