Interview with Sean Collins!

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Yesterday, we had an opportunity to speak with Sean Collins. He currently plays for
the Springfield Falcons, the AHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Drafted in 
the 
7th Round of the 2008 NHL Draft (187th overall). So you can follow him on Twitter: 
@WhoYouGunnaCollins, and you can follow us on Twitter: @HkyBlogger and on Facebook:
 www.facebook.com/NotYourAverageHockeyBlog

So without further to do, we are happy to present you our interview with Sean Collins.
As usual, we are in bold.

How has your day been?
It's been solid so far. Just went through the normal non-game day
routine with practice and workout in the morning.

So many of our readers might not know who you are, so who are you and maybe
a cool fact about yourself?
My name is Sean Collins and I'm a professional hockey player in the
Columbus Blue Jackets organization. I graduated in May 2012 with a 3.8
GPA in Finance while also playing on the hockey team at Cornell
University.

What's a day in the life of Sean Collins?
I usually start my day around 7:45 AM and proceed to make a very
nutritious breakfast. I tend to go with oatmeal and berries, two eggs,
and a banana. A well balanced breakfast helps keep me energized and
healthy. Around 8:15 AM, my roommates and I will make the 15 minute
drive to the rink for practice. Practice usually runs from around 10
AM until 11 AM. After practice, I will complete a team lift or some
other type of maintenance workout which helps to maintain strength and
decrease the chance of injury. After showering I head home to make
lunch. I usually have soup and a sandwich, along with a little greek
yogurt to top me off. After lunch, I will relax and do some reading or
watch a few TV shows. Right now I am reading the book 'Moneyball' and
I am currently watching the TV series 'Prison Break'. For dinner, I am
a huge seafood fan. My roommates and I usually collaborate and make an
absolute feast. After dinner, I usually watch a little hockey or
anything else exciting on TV. I wind down and usually head to bed
around 10:30 PM.

What kind of player do you consider yourself?
I am a strong two-way player who can play anywhere in the line-up. I
am a versatile enough to play all three forward positions as well as
both the penalty kill and the power play. My game is modeled around my
speed, which allows me to create chances for myself and my line mates.

When did you first lace up the skates?
I started skating on the outdoor rinks in my hometown of Saskatoon at
five years old.

Did you play any other sports growing up?
I was a very competitive baseball player growing up. I represented my
province a few times in my teens and had a couple offers to compete at
the collegiate level but I felt as if hockey was the right path to
take and would allow me at the very least to attend a prestigious
school and get a good education. I also was a long distance runner in
elementary and high school.

When you played for Waywayseecappo for Juniors, how did you manage to
spell/pronounce it correctly?
It is actually a lot easier than it looks. It's pronounced exactly as
it looks (Way-way-see-capp-o)

When you made the jump from the MJHL to ECAC, what was the biggest
difference?
The biggest difference I noticed was the size and the speed of the
players. Going from a junior league that doesn't send many players to
the next level, it was definitely a step up. Also, the age difference
was a lot greater in college, since players can be anywhere from 18 to
25 years old which adds to the range of physical development and
maturation of the players.

What is your best memory playing at Cornell?
Winning the ECAC Championships in 2010 was an amazing feeling but I
would have to say my last home game at Lynah Rink. The atmosphere at
Lynah Rink was second to none and the fan support we had from "the
Faithful" was outstanding. I was truly spoiled to have been able to
play in front of that crowd for four years.

Worst memory?
Losing on Senior Night last year. It was disappointing because a
victory would have clinched the Cleary Cup, which is given to the ECAC
regular season champion. Furthermore, my family and friends were in
attendance as there was a huge ceremony on the ice after the game. The
lose definitely put a sour note on what was supposed to be a
celebratory evening.

What did you study at Cornell?
I studied in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, majoring in
Applied Economics and Management or more commonly Business. My
specialty was Finance.

You wear the number 43, what does it mean? Or was it just any random number
given to you?
It was just a random number given to me. I didn't have any choice in the matter.

Take us back to the draft, what was it like? Were you scared you would go
undrafted?
It was an amazing moment for my family and I. But how it happened was
rather suspenseful. I was following the draft on the computer at home
in Saskatoon, when the internet connection in our house was suddenly
lost. At this point in time, the draft was in the middle rounds. I was
obviously very frustrated that I couldn't regain the connection, so I
went downstairs and was just stickhandling and trying to keep my mind
occupied. Finally a few minutes later, I heard the phone ring and my
parents answered the phone. It was Bryan Raymond, a scout with the
Blue Jackets and I jumped on the phone and found out I was drafted in
the 7th round by the Blue Jackets.

I had no fear of going undrafted because I knew that being a free
agent can sometimes be an advantage, especially if you have a strong
college career. In retrospect, I'm glad everything worked out and I
was able to be apart of the Blue Jackets organization.

What has been the highlight of your career?
My first NHL game has to be my fondest memory thus far. Being able to
realize a life long dream is incredible and it is an experience I will
never forget.

Lowest point?
The uncertainty of my hockey career was something I was forced to
endure during my second season with Waywayseecappo. I got off to a
strong start to the season and was in the top 5 in the league in
points but I still hadn't received any serious offers from any
Division 1 hockey programs. It was an arduous task going to the rink
everyday knowing that even though I was playing my best hockey that no
one was noticing.

How did you persevere from it?
I decided to continue to do what was making me successful as a player
and to maintain a high level of confidence. Eventually I was
approached and offered an opportunity to play hockey and attend
Cornell University. It was nice to know that all my dedication and
commitment had paid off.

Just a few questions so we can show the more human side of you, and so even
non-hockey fans have something interesting to read.

Favorite food?
Sea Scallops

Android or iPhone?
iPhone


What's on your iPod?
A little bit of everything, but primarily country music

Who has the worst taste of music in the locker room?
I would have to say my teammate in Springfield Michael Chaput

If you weren't playing hockey, what would you be doing right now?
I would be working on Wall Street in some capacity.

Best buddy on your team?
Jake Hansen

Best prank you've seen/done?
My freshman year at Cornell, we were coming back from Canada and
crossing the border back into the U.S. While our goalie, Ben Scrivens
(Toronto Maple Leafs), was sleeping we grabbed his passport. When the
border control officer came on our bus, he made his way to the back of
the bus checking everyone's passport ensuring that they were on the
list. When he got to Scrivens, who was furiously searching everywhere
for his missing passport, the border control officer was displeased
that Scrivens didn't have his ready. Everyone else was prepared when
he came, except Scrivens. Eventually, after his searches went to no
avail, the border officer told Scrivens to come off the bus and into
the building. The officer kept him in the building for 15 minutes,
lecturing him and even saying that he may have to stay in Canada while
the rest of the team goes back to school. A typically fun loving guy,
Scrivens was very distraught and worried that the officer was serious.
Eventually, the officer told him that the team had set him up and he
came back onto the bus with a shy smile on his face. The rest of the
guys just erupted. It was one of the funniest pranks I've ever been
apart of.

If you could have one superpower what would it be and why?
I think being able to fly. It would be unbelievable to travel anywhere
on a whim and see the world from a bird's eye view.

Last question:
Any suggestion for who I should interview next?
Colin Greening.

Thank you for your time.

Interview With Jon Matsumoto!

jonWe have a new interview to present to you guys! We’d like to welcome Jon Matsumoto. Jon was drafted in the 3rd round (79th overall) by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He has played for the Flyers, Panthers, and Sharks organizations. You can follow him on Twitter: @Matsy11. You can follow me @hkyblogger and you can “like” us on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/NotYourAverageHockeyBlog . Without further to do here is our interview!

 
We are in bold.
 
So first off, how has your day been?
My day has been great, first day back at practice, getting ready for the sprint to the finish here. Went for a walk through the woods with Rooney(my dog) and just ate some pesto chicken. I’d say that’s a pretty solid day. 
 
What’s a day in the life of Jon Matsumoto?
To be perfectly honest, like I say on my twitter profile (shameless self promotion @matsy11) I am relatively boring human being. I go to the rink in the morning, grab some lunch on the way home and then either run errands or just relax. If we don’t have a game the following day I like to get in a mini workout after dinner. 
 
So some of our readers might not know too much about you, so maybe a little bio or a cool fact or something?
Grew up in Orleans, Ontario. Got to play close to home for the Cumberland Grads of the CJHL, off to school at Bowling Green and then started my pro career. 
 
Your last name is very unique. What ethnicity are your parents?
My father is of Japanese descent and my mother is of German descent. Both born in Canada.
 
Is there anyone you like to model your game around? (Past or present)
Always trying to learn new aspects to my game, certain things are easier to pick up such as a shootout move or a deke. While other intangible things such as competition level and positioning are tougher to emulate. Pavel Datsyuk I believe is one of the most complete players and obviously has enviable qualities.
 
Who’s your roomie on the road?
Currently it is Travis Oleksuk (Give him a shout out as well @toleksuk11)
 
What kind of player do you consider yourself? (Enforcer, scorer, dangler, etc.)
I consider myself a scorer, but I am always trying to improve.
 
What do you miss about home during the season?
Probably Tim Horton’s and all sorts of other delicious Canadian treats. (All Dressed Ruffles, Crispy Crunch, Bit’s and Bites, Sesame Snacks)
 
During off-season, how do you spend your time?
Working out a ton. My fiancee and I are kind of nomads at this point, so it is related to our location. But beaches and baseball games are usually common activities. 
 
Off to more random and personal questions. This is where many readers get to REALLY learn about you.
So you say your dog is extremely smart. What breed is it, and how is it smart?
We are not sure, he was part of a group of strays that a few members of my San Antonio Rampage adopted last year. He was house broken in less than a day. 
 
What’s on your iPod right now?
Currently I am into a lot of country and house music. As a side note I have a thing for Canadian artists not matter how much bad press they receive, like Nickelback, Avril Lavigne, Celine Dion etc. Call it misplaced national pride perhaps?
 
Who on the team has a horrible taste in music?
I give James Livingston (@jameslivy)  a hard time about his music but I can’t really complain about it.
 
Last movie you saw?
This is 40.
 
Worst subject in school?
Statistics.
 
Favourite pre-game meal?
Al dente penne, with chicken in a 3:1 blend of alfredo to tomato sauce. 
 
Snack you shouldn’t really eat but end up eating a lot of anyways?
Ice Cream, but they give it to us at our pre-game meals on the road. So that doesn’t count right?
 
iPhone, Blackberry, or Android?
I have an iPhone. Had the original iPhone and have tried to stay loyal to Apple.
 
Every team does pranks. Best one you’ve done or seen? 
Wacey Rabbit (@waceyrabbit20) got me last year by texting me from a random number and telling me that the GM wanted to talk to me at the front of the bus. Other good ones are the shaving cream in a towel, taking the deodorant label and putting it on the hairspray can, taping guys clothes in a ball and a cup of water/Gatorade under the helmet.  
 
What has been your highest point of your career?
NHL: Scoring my first goal.
AHL: Winning the longest playoff game ever, defeating the Chicago Wolves in double overtime last year.
 
Lowest point?
I had Mark Grady as a coach in Juniors and he told me: “Don’t let the highs get too high and the lows get too low.” I try and live by that and not let myself get too low.” 
 
How did you persevere from that?
Using his advice.
 
Advice for aspiring hockey players?
“Don’t let the highs get too high and the lows get too low.” I try and live by that and not let myself get too low.” – Mark Grady
 
Anyone suggest I interview?
Anybody I gave a shout out to.
 
Thank you for your time.
Photocreds: AHL.com