Interview With Jared Knight!

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We recently caught up with Jared Knight of the Providence Bruins! He was drafted 32nd Overall in the 2010 NHL Draft. He actually was drafted with a draft pick that belonged to the Toronto Maple Leafs but the draft pick was bundled with two draft picks that turned out to be Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton for Toronto Maple Leafs superstar Phil Kessel. This year is sort of like his first year since he only played 12 games last year due to injuries. We talk about a lot, so I’m not going to ruin it with a whole bunch of writing. If you like this, make sure you guys share it, follow us on Twitter @HkyBlogger, and “like” us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/NotYourAverageHockeyBlog

Let’s Meet Josh Pauls!

e93f3bcb7d08e74ea65d368a3f40c2f0Something interesting here! We recently caught up with Josh Pauls of the United States National Sled Hockey Team! In the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver, Josh won a gold medal beating Japan 2-0! He attends Lindenwood University in Missouri during the year, studying Sports Management. You can follow him on Twitter: @SpudsUSA9. You can also follow me on Twitter: @hkyblogger. You can also “like” us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/notyouraveragehockeyblog
As per usual, we are in bold.
How has your day been?
My days been going great. Really enjoying the summer winding down.
 
What’s a day in the life of Josh Pauls?
That depends on if I’m at college or not. I go to school at Lindenwood University in Missouri and that day tends to be filled with classes, studying, weight lifting and hockey most days. Definitely gotta have time to spend with friends on campus though! During the summer when I’m home, ice is a little harder to come by but I’m working out regularly and just relaxing and enjoying my time off from school with family or friends back home in New Jersey.
 
How old were you when you had both legs amputated?
I was 10 months old when they were amputated at the knee.
Can you tell us the reason why you had your legs amputated?
I was missing both tibia bones, the largest bone in the lower half of your leg, and that was why they decided on amputation. It was either that or be confined to a wheelchair.
 
Was it hard growing up without your legs?
Not really. It was easy to make friends even with robotic looking legs. I even joke about not having legs regularly, just to keep the mood light.
When people ask you to explain sledge hockey how do you explain it?
Usually I have a picture on my phone that I show people and then explain from there. But really all it is, is hockey with a different way of skating. There’s an extra penalty included in sled hockey, but all the other rules are the same. It’s just as competitive and maybe even more physical than able bodied hockey.
So ice hockey has the NHL, what does sled hockey have?
In the US we have leagues like the Midwest Sled Hockey League and Northeast Sled Hockey League, but those are leagues for anyone that wants to play. The national team is the pinnacle of the sport. It is a lot more selective especially with sled hockey growing so fast in recent years. There isn’t anything professional yet, but with the sport growing like it is and if it gets more exposure, I feel there will be something in the future.
What’s the coolest part of playing sled hockey?
The coolest part for me is just getting to meet tons of people from all around the country and, with the national team, the world. The camaraderie that you build with your teammates is my favorite part of the sport. A close second is that sled hockey gives people that might have limited mobility otherwise to be put on the same level playing field where disabilities don’t matter. Anyone can excel.
 
So you’ve had a pretty decorated career at such a young age; winning four international gold medals, one silver, and one bronze. Does winning a gold medal feel just as special anymore?
Winning gold never gets old. I am extremely competitive in everything I do, and sports just brings out that trait tenfold. Hearing the national anthem played after winning gold is a feeling like no other. Anything less than gold is just below the standards I set for myself and my teammates. I’m hoping the gold rush continues in my career in the future, especially in Sochi!
What is it like being an Paralympic Gold Medalist?
Its a feeling like no other. To represent my country on the biggest stage of the sport gives me such a feeling of pride and to bring home the gold especially at 17 was just awesome. The way we took gold also adds to the feeling. Getting 5 shutouts in all 5 games and being as dominant as we were was something I don’t think sled hockey will ever see again. It’s something no one can take away from me that I’ll have to pass on to future generations.
Where do you keep your gold medals? Do you ever just put it on every so often for fun?
I keep most of my medals in a display case in my house. Some are standing up, others are laying in there. My Paralympic gold medal stays in the safe though, I don’t want anything happening to it. Once we win them, I don’t really wear it again unless I’m showing them off at different camps I coach at.
 
What has been the highlight of your career?
Winning gold in Vancouver 2010 was definitely the greatest moment of my career so far. The bond we had as a team and the way we played as well as the experience of the Paralympic Games was just something I will never forget. It was by far the best thing I have ever been a part of.
How about your lowpoint?
During the National Team tryouts in July of 2009, I was not selected for the National Team and played on the Junior National Team for the first few months of the season. It was a tough blow to take considering I had been on the team the year before. However, all it took was some hard work and a desire to prove the coaches wrong that got me back on to the team.
The next part is a rapid fire round. There is where people get to know about you. Don’t think just answer. Ready?
 
Favourite Food?
My dad’s baked mac and cheese!
What’s on your iPod?
Mostly country music, but rap and rock for games.
Dream vacation?
I’d really like to travel Europe.
Favourite sport not named hockey?
Football. I’m a big Dallas Cowboys fan.
 
Left handed or right handed?
Right handed except on the ice. I can use both hands then.
Final questions:
 
Advice for aspiring sled hockey players?
Watch a TON of hockey, especially the NHL. You pick up so many little things if you watch closely. Follow the position you play instead of the puck. Also, always give 150% in everything you do and NEVER give up. That attitude and work ethic will get you far in sled hockey, but is great for all aspects of life too.
Who should we interview next?
Declan Farmer is one of my linemates and he’s a very good player at only 15. Brody Roybal just made the team for the first time in his career and he’s a young player to watch.
Thank you for your time.
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Interview With Jeremy Grégoire!

6ae7171e2f96ae6b5fc011545d53021eWe recently caught up with Jeremy Grégoire of the Montreal Canadiens! He was drafted 176th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft! Before that, he played with both Chicoutimi and Baie-Comeau. Just a cool fact, his father Jean-Francois also played professional hockey! You can follow him on Twitter, @JayGreg32. You can also follow me,  @HkyBlogger, and “like” us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/NotYourAverageHockeyBlog

As per usual, we are in bold.

Without further to do, here is our interview with Jeremy Gregoire!

How has your day been?

My day has been good. I left for the United States for a week long vacation. I had a huge month with the combines, the draft ,and my training so I’m glad to see my family for a small break.

What’s a day in the life of Jeremy Gregoire?

I am someone that loves to work out a lot so all week long I am in the gym and my schedule changes depending on the day. Usually, I go to the gym early in the morning for an off-ice training session and go back home after to eat and sleep. After a little dinner, I go back for an on-ice session. It’s like that 5 times a week.

What’s something people don’t know about you?

When I was a kid, I studied in an art school. We had piano and violin lessons every day. So I played these instruments for 6 years and I was getting pretty good at it. I’m still not bad.

Your dad played hockey professionally. What’s one thing you’ve learnt from him that gives you an advantage over other players?

Growing up seeing my dad play hockey made me realize very fast what a professional athlete needed to do to be successful, so when I started to play, I knew I had to work hard and practice to reach my goal. I may have improved a little faster when I was young because of that.

You were in the middle of a slump when you were traded from Chicoutimi Saguenéens to the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. What’s it like when you first realize you’ve been traded?

At first, I was happy to have a chance to redeem myself after a bad start in Chicoutimi but leaving my friends in Chicoutimi, where I stayed for a year and a half, was the hardest part.

You played a much more disciplined game after being traded to the Drakkar. What has been the biggest change between Chicoutimi and Baie-Comeau in your opinion?

I think that the difference was in the way I approached the game. In Chicoutimi, I guess I put more pressure on myself, just because it’s my draft year. I was forcing plays and becoming frustrated. In Baie-Comeau, I just played to have fun, like I always did before, and the results were positive.

Would you say being traded was a turning point in the season?

It was definitely a turning point, the fact that I played the same style of hockey as the Drakkar helped me a lot through the second half of the season. It gave me the opportunity of being drafted even with a bad first half.

At the end of the season, how do you prepare for a grueling postseason?

I had meetings with the hockey staff in Baie-Comeau and training to prepare for the Combine. I enjoyed it a lot, now it’s time to relax a bit before the next season.  

You represented Canada at the Ivan Hlinka U18, what was that like?

It was a very special event for me. It was my first time with the national team and we won the gold medal. Being part of a great team with the best players of the country was awesome and visiting Europe for the first time was a great experience.

At the Ivan Hlinka, you played mostly in a fourth line role; something you’re not familiar with, how did you adapt?

I liked it a lot actually, it made me discover another role and it made me a more complete player for the future. At the beginning, it was difficult to think only defence and concentrate on winning big face-offs, but after two games, I was playing a solid defensive game.

This is your draft year, if I was a GM, and I asked you why I should draft you, how would you reply?

I think that I’m a good two-way player who brings energy and leadership to a team. I can play the role the coach asks me whether it’s a defensive or offensive one.

Take us back to the draft, what was it like? Where were you and how is it like to be drafted by the Canadiens?

The time I spent in New Jersey was great. The draft is a unique event in a hockey player’s life. I was sitting with my family and the other players waiting for the draft to start and we could feel the crazy atmosphere. The New Jersey Devils fans were great, it was almost like a hockey game, they were so noisy. When I heard my name announced and realize that it was the Montreal Canadiens, I was so happy. Even if I wasn’t a Habs fan growing up, I always used to watch their games on the television and being a French-Canadian drafted by Montreal is a dream that a lot of people in Quebec would have love to realize. I am now proud to be part of the most decorated organization in the NHL.

The next part is more a rapid fire round. Don’t think, just answer.

Ready?

Favourite Food?

Sushi

Favourite team growing up?

I think I was the only Sens fan growing up in the Quebec province.

Favourite sport to watch that’s not hockey?

Golf, on a rainy afternoon!

Watch the movie or read the book?

Both…is that a good answer?

4 hour bus ride, how do you spend the time?

Music and homework is the way to do it.

Final questions:

Who should we interview next? 

My Russian buddy in Baie-Comeau, Valentin Zykov

Do you have any advice for aspiring hockey players?

Be passionate for you sport, it’s a great sport that needs hard work and determination.

Thank you for your time.

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Let’s Meet Austin Lotz!

ImageAs suggested by Mirco Mueller, we caught up with Austin Lotz of the Everett Silvertips! He finished the season 15-19-3. Even though that doesn’t sound very pretty, he contributed a lot more off the ice as well! The Silvertips made the playoffs at the end though, so it’s a good ending to the story! Austin is also eligible for this year’s draft, and is projected to go in he mid rounds! You can follow him on Twitter @Lotzy30! You can also follow me on Twitter @HkyBlogger! You can “like” us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/NotYourAverageHockeyBlog

As per usual, we are in bold.

How has your day been?
It has its ups and downs. 
You watch Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals?
I was out to dinner with my friends so I missed the last 10 minutes.
Were you cheering for a specific team?
Chicago. 
What’s something most people don’t know about Austin Lotz?
I like to bow hunt and spend a lot of time out doors.
Goalies are generally known as the most flexible players on a team. How easy is it to touch your toes?
Very, very easy. 
There’s also an assumption that there are two types of goalies, quiet ones and crazy wild ones. Which group do you think you belong in?
I’ve been told that I am a quiet relaxed guy but I feel like I have an act to go crazy once in a while. 
The Everett Silvertips barely squeaked in to the playoffs this season. In the first round, do you ease off the gas a bit because you’ve made of the playoffs, or do you push even harder and hope for the upset?
You always want to be a team to upset a favoured team. I’ve always been the under dog and I don’t mind that one bit. 
To squeak into the playoffs, you have to give it more than everything you have. How do you continue pushing once you’ve made it into the playoffs?
You build off the energy from making the playoffs and it usually carries into the first few rounds. 
You were also named to the 2013 U18 World Championship roster, so tell us what that was like?
It was a great experience. I got to meet a lot of new faces and some faces that I’ve heard or seen of. It was just great to learn from all the coaches and players I was surrounded by. 
Even though you didn’t get to really play, what did you learn at the U18’s? 
I learnt that just being involved on a gold medal winning team, even though I didn’t play, still makes you really proud to bring back that medal. 
It’s you draft year this year. If I’m a GM of a team, and I ask you why I should draft you, what would you say?
I would give 100% every day in everything involving myself and the team to make the team better. 
What has been the highlight of your career?
Making the Silvertips and winning gold in Russia. 
What has been the lowlight?
There are a lot of downs in the season that I had to overcome. 
How did you persevere from your lowlight?
Just remembering I play the game to have fun and to not take it too seriously.
We interviewed your teammate, Mirco Mueller. Do you have any funny/embarrassing stories about him?
Nothing that I can think of, just the fact that he makes a few speaking errors when it comes to speaking English. 
The next part is a rapid fire round. Don’t think, just answer. Ready?
Favourite Food? 
Steak 
Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? 
Shark
iPhone or Android? 
Android 
Playstation or xBox? 
xBox
Favourite memory of Everett? 
Game 1 of playoffs this year
Favourite place to hang out in Everett? 
The beach. 
What are the do’s and don’ts of meeting Austin Lotz? 
Don’t take me seriously. I make a lot of jokes. 
Ever had an awkward encounter with a fan? 
Not really, I had oranges thrown at my car after a bad loss one time.
On a scale of 1-10 how nervous are you for the draft?
5
Final questions:
Who should we interview next?
Ben Betker
Advice for aspiring hockey players?
Never give up. 
Thank you for your time.

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Interview With Mirco Mueller!

We recently caught up with Mirco Mueller of the Everett Silvertips! He’s also eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft, and is projected to be drafted in the 1st or 2nd round. He score 6 goals and 25 assists in 63 games for the Everett Silvertips. The team did not do so well this season, sneaking into the playoffs as the last seed. However, he was a bright spot for the team, having the 2nd most points as a rookie defenseman in the WHL. Who’s 1st in the points standings as a rookie defenseman? None other than Seth Jones. That’s an elite class to be in! He’s a great follow on Twitter and you can do that by following @25Mueller. You can also follow me on Twitter: @HkyBlogger and “like” us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/NotYourAverageHockeyBlog

As per usual, we are in bold

How has your day been? 

Good, thanks.

What’s a day in the life of Mirco Mueller? 

In the summer I work out at a local gym with three other young hockey players. We start at 9 AM and train until 12PM. In the afternoon, I usually relax.

Growing up in Switzerland, was it hard playing hockey in a country where playing hockey isn’t the number one sport like it is in Canada? 

No, it wasn’t. There are still quite a few people who play and are interested in hockey.

Over the last few years, how has the popularity of hockey grown in Switzerland? 

I think with the recent Swiss NHL players it has grown a lot. There’s more and more players who wanna try to make the NHL.

You represented the Swiss National team at the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championship which placed 6th. Can you take us back to that experience and what it felt like? 

It was a great experience with lots of great guys and I’m really thankful for that. Especially after unexpected success came, it made even more fun to play and we really grew as a team. We had a good mix between younger and older players.

You played a bit in the NLA, and then decided to move to Canada to play in the WHL. So why did you choose to move to the WHL? 

I think it’s way more challenging to play against some of the best players in your age. And of course in North America, there’s a lot more attention given to hockey, especially on the junior level.

What was the toughest adjustment to life in Canada when you first moved here? 

I think it was the long bus rides. And maybe the busy game schedule.

In your first season in the WHL, the Everett Silvertips squeaked in to the playoffs with the last seed, what was the end of the season like? The Silvertips weren’t cruising into the playoffs, nor were they playing for nothing but pride. Is it especially taxing? Or is it just a motivator? 

Yes, it definitely gives you extra motivation if you make the playoffs as the last team and to challenge the best seeded team. I think we did all we could do with the possibilities we had. We were quite a young team and barely anybody really had any playoff experience but I was really proud of the team in the end and how we battled through the series. I think we could surprise some people.

This is your draft year and you are expected to go somewhere in the first round. How nervous are you for the draft? 

I’m actually not nervous yet probably because it still seems like a dream. But I’m sure at draft day the nervousness will come.

If I’m a GM for a team and I ask you why I should draft you, what would you say? 

I play a simple game and because of that I can fit into every system. I can see the game well and I’m a good skater. From the back end, I try to create plays and make the forwards better and give them some more time.

When your name is announced, can you please consider doing something fun like a cool handshake with one of your friends instead of all the traditional hugs? 

I will think about it. I hope I’ll still be able to have a clear mind at the exact moment.

The next part is more “random” questions, its something readers can connect to, and maybe they can learn cool about you! It’s rapid fire style, so don’t think, just do.

If a fan meets you on the street and wants to take a picture with you, what are the do’s and dont’s of meeting Mirco Mueller? 

Maybe just be friendly and having a little chat with me. Otherwise I’m pretty open-minded.

One thing you miss about home? 

Chocolate and mountains.

Best thing about Canada? 

The local value of hockey in people’s minds.

Olympic Gold Medal or Stanley Cup? 

Stanley Cup

Ever consider quitting hockey when you were a kid? 

I don’t think so.

xBox or Playstation? 

Playstation

If you weren’t becoming a hockey player, what would you be aspiring to do when you grew up?

Probably work in an office I don’t know I never thought about that.

 Final questions:

Do you have any advice for aspiring hockey players? 

Just be yourself, work hard and be happy and thankful to be able to play hockey.

Who should we interview next? 

Austin Lotz

Thank you for your time.

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Interview With Justin Pogge!

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We recently caught up with Justin Pogge of BIK Karlskoga. Before Sweden, Justin has played in many countries, such as Italy, ECHL, AHL, and even the NHL. Originally drafted 90th overall in the 2004 draft, Justin played four seasons in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization before being traded to the Anaheim Ducks. He also has plenty of international experience, whether it be World Juniors or Spengler Cup. We’re not going to go in much further detail since that’s covered in the interview, but it’s a lot of experience! You can follow him on Twitter @pdiggler, and you can follow me on Twitter: @hkyblogger. You can also “like” us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/notyouraveragehockeyblog

As per usual, we are in bold.

What’s a day in the life of Justin Pogge?

The day has been a great start.  I got up put my mountain bike in the truck, made breakfast, Eggs and Hash browns and a cup coffee. Its only 8:30 am.  A day in the life of me usually begins the same way as today.  After breakfast I take off for the gym, put in a two hour shift then head home and make lunch.  After eating I head out into the canyon for a ride on the trails.  I love mountain biking, surfing and my Motorcycle. 

So some of our readers might not be 100% sure of who you are. So maybe introduce yourself?

I’m Justin Pogge, former WJC champion and goaltending journeyman.  I’m beginning my eighth season of professional hockey.  I recently signed with a Swedish second league team BIK Karlskoga.  My career has taken me all over North America and the world.  I made my NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs.  My first win in that first start against the Atlanta Thrashers, we won 5-2. 

What’s a cool fact about you?

A cool fact about me is that I have permanent socks.  I have got both of my feet tattooed.  Not at the same time, I had my right foot done first but once that was done the left looked so lonely.

Who was your favorite player growing up?

I admired a lot of goalies growing up among these names were Ron Hextall, Curtis Joseph, Roberto Luongo and Mikka Kiprusoff. 

What kind of goalie are you?

I consider myself a hybrid goalie with good positioning.  Now I just try to do anything to get in the way.

Why goalie? Many people you talk to, the last position they want to play is goalie because they’re scared the puck will fly at their face.

I really don’t know why I ended up becoming a goalie.  My first hockey practice the coach put me in net with my player equipment.  I guess I made an impression because the next practice he told me to strap on the pads.  I don’t think it helped that I had a Mike Vernon look alike helmet with the cat eye cage. 

Take us back to the draft, what was that like?

The 2004 draft was a special day for me even though I didn’t make my way down to Raleigh, North Carolina.  I had been watching the first two rounds on TSN, and then checking the third round on my computer.  The 89th pick came around and one of my friends Jeff Glass had just been picked by the Ottawa Senators.  That’s when my dial up internet cut out and the phone rang.  It was my agent calling and telling me that I had been selected 90th overall to the Toronto Maple Leafs.  I was so excited that I drove down to my mom’s work and told her the good news.  She cried and hugged me just like most moms would in that situation.  After visiting my mom I had to make my way to work.  I worked at a yacht club in Summerland, British Columbia.  The drive was about 30 minutes along the highway.  On the trip I stopped to tell one of the RCMP officers who was investigating a minor accident, he also was one of the hockey dads.  I yelled out the car window and got the thumbs up and continued to work.  I was bartending that afternoon for a special event.  I kept pretty quiet at work.  Once my shift ended I stopped off and got the cheapest champagne and headed to a barbecue with some of my best friends and popped the bottle and celebrated getting drafted!  While I was at work apparently the Toronto media was trying to get in touch with me.  Having no cell phone at the time made it pretty difficult to find me. 

You’ve donned the Maple Leaf multiple times representing Canada at various international tournaments. What’s that like, and which international tournament did you enjoy more, and why?

Representing Canada has been a huge part of my career.  I’ve been very fortunate to wear the Maple Leaf for Canada three times.  My first experience was for the U-18 championships in Minsk, Belarus.  We placed fourth but I got to miss a month of school. 

What has been the highest point of your career so far?

My biggest accomplishment was playing for Canada in Vancouver for the 2006 World Junior Championship.  Not only was I representing Canada on the biggest stage, it was held in my home province.  Being named the starting goalie was a dream come true.  I actually wished for I left Calgary for the selection camp in early December.  I was playing for the Hitmen at the time.  During the holiday season the Calgary Zoo decorates in the Christmas spirit, this was called Zoo Lights.  Here is where I came across a Japanese wishing tree.  To make a wish on this tree you write down your wish on a ribbon then tie it to one of the branches on the tree.  My wish was to make the team and win gold.  My wish came true!  Playing in Vancouver was amazing, the support from the fans was intense and like nothing I have ever experienced.  We had a great team and ended up winning against the Russians 5-0.  I will always remember Steve Downie pretending to interview me before a defensive zone face-off with 30 seconds left.  He asked me what it felt like to win the gold for Canada.  I told him to take the damn face-off and laughed.  After that final horn sounded everything was a blur of excitement. 

The next Christmas I was able to play for Canada in the Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland.  The tournament was a total change of pace from the previous year.  The experience was a ton of fun.  I got to spend Christmas and New Years in the Swiss Alps.  The Hockey Canada family is a tight knit group and I forever thanks for the opportunities they have given me. 

You’re well-traveled, playing in multiple teams. Which team did you enjoy playing for the most and why?

My professional career has taken me all over North America. I started playing for the Toronto Marlies in the AHL.  Playing in Toronto was quite the experience.  Toronto is an amazing city that I learned to love over my time there.  My first taste of the big city wasn’t the most ideal way to start.  My truck had been stolen within the first month of being there.  Things definitely went up from there.  I have made some lifelong friends there that I still keep in touch with today. 

What has been the lowest point of your career?

After Toronto, I was traded to the Anaheim Ducks.  I was headed to sunny California.  That season would turn out to be quite the roller coaster ride.  After Training camp I was sent down to the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL.  I was in the coast for 9 games then I was called up to the Ducks for a couple days.  Then I was loaned to San Antonio.  I played for the Rampage for a couple months then was off to Albany when I was part of a trade with the Hurricanes. 

Getting traded for the second time in one year was probably the lowest part of my career.  I had played on four teams in three different leagues.  I didn’t feel wanted.  I was living out of a suitcase, going from hotel to hotel.  The season ended for me early when I had torn my MCL in my right knee.

However, not everything was bad while I was up with the Ducks I had the chance to be a part of a charity event called “Ducks in Tux”.  We had to serve dinner for the season ticket holders in a ballroom atmosphere.  I will always remember this dinner because it is where I first laid eyes on my future wife.  The story goes like this.  There was a silent auction for our pocket squares which had our jersey number on them.  Being a call up I shared a ballet box with Matt Belesky.  I knew that to get people to bid on our squares I was going to have to walk around and sell.   While walking around, I came across this beautiful blonde hair green eyed girl.  I was too shy to walk right up to her so I walked up to her parents and got them to submit a bid. I was then introduced to Christina and I asked her if she would be my Vanna White and help me with my box.  I didn’t see her for the rest of dinner.  When the dinner was finished we got to mingle, that’s when I found Christina again.  We talked for a while and I ended up getting her number… the rest is history.  I asked her to marry me four years later. 

What kind of character are you in the locker room?

As a goalie I’m pretty laid back in the room.  I like to sit back, listen to the music and drink my coffee.  Before every game, I play soccer to help me warm up.  15 minutes before warm-up I take a quick shower then get dressed just in time to walk on the ice. 

So the next part is a rapid fire round, don’t think just answer.

Ready?

Favorite Drink?

Coconut water

Cheat Food?

Grilled cheese sandwich or poutine if I can find it.

Android or iPhone?

iPhone 5 just got it and it’s my new toy.

What’s On Your iPod?

I have a random mix right now with the new Eric Church live album, Ted Nugent and Kendrick Lamar.

Who has the worst taste of music on your team?

Everyone who doesn’t like my music has bad taste haha.

Roommate on the Road?

My last roommate on the road was Ryan Hollweg in Portland, Maine.

Best Prank

I like to stick a cup to a player’s helmet before they head out on the ice.  The player skates around without a clue and no one says anything resulting in a good chuckle.

Worst Class in School?

MATH

What Gets You Up In the Morning?

I have always been a morning person; I just feel that you have so much more time for activities. 

Final Questions:

Advice for Aspiring Hockey Players?

Work on the little things and always have fun

Who Should We Interview Next?

Ryan Hollweg

Thank you for your time.

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Let’s Meet Madison Bowey!

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Have you met Madison Bowey? He’s a draft eligible prospect in the upcoming draft! With his dynamic skills, he has been a very decorated hockey player at just 18. He’s already represented Team Canada at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championships! He also currently plays for the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL! Currently, he’s projected to go in the mid to late picks of the 1st Round. In our latest mock draft which you can see here: https://notyouraveragehockeyblog.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/mock-draft-2-0/ I have him listed in the 24 slot, going to the Vancouver Canucks. He’s a good follow on Twitter and you can follow him @mbows4. You can follow me on Twitter @Hkyblogger and “like” us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/notyouraveragehockeyblog Any comments, shares, likes, tweets are well appreciated! Without further to do, here is our interview with Madison Bowey!

As per usual, we are in bold.

So how has your day been?

My day has been really good, just had a good hard workout and now just hanging out with my brother at home.

What’s an average day in the life of Madison Bowey?

Well I usually get up bright and early and go for a 2 hour workout, then go back home, have a meal before taking a little nap. I might then play a few games of NHL 13 with my brother or buddies. Then at night I’ll either go to a movie with some friends or relax at home.

What something most people don’t know about you? It doesn’t have to be hockey related, but something most people don’t know about?

I’m a big baseball fan and actually played for many years.

Growing up, was there a team you cheered for?

Calgary Flames

You were born in 1994, and the original Winnipeg Jets left in 1996, did you ever have a chance to watch the original Jets?

I was actually born in 1995 but no I didn’t get a chance to catch any of the games.

Playing in the WHL, is there something you learnt that you wouldn’t have learnt anywhere else?

I think I learnt how to mature into a man a lot quicker which I would not of learned without playing in the CHL.

Playing in the WHL playoffs, what was that like?

Playoff hockey is always the best type of hockey, so playing in the playoffs at such an elite level was an amazing experience and I’m sure all the boys are prepared to make a great run next year.

So this year is your draft year, lets pretend I’m a GM, if I asked you why my team should draft you, what would you say?

I would say because I play every game to win, I’m a very competitive person so I’d do whatever it takes to win. Also I would always be committed to getting better so one day I can play a big role on the team and help win a Stanley Cup.

What has been the highest point in your career?

Winning gold at World Championship U-18 tournament. 

What has been your lowest point of your career?

When I was 12 I played a year up with the 13 year olds and that year I only managed to get 4 goals and maybe 12 assists, which was unlike me.

How did you persevere from that low point?

I just trained really hard in the summer and came into the next season with a very positive attitude and it helped.

So we also interviewed Myles Bell and Tyson Baillie, your teammates in Kelowna, what’s something embarrassing about them you could share?

Well we’re all really close and hangout out everyday I think something embarrassing about all of us is that we love cheeseburgers and won’t mind dabbling in a few of those in our off time.

The next part is a “rapid fire round”! Are you ready?

Favourite food?

Steak

Favourite cuisine?

Chinese 

It’s the offseason, what are you doing?

Lots of training for next season 

What’s on your iPod?

 A bunch of different music 

Roomate on the road?

Dylen McKinlay

Biggest fear?

Being in water with Sharks – (Imagine the irony if he gets drafted by the Sharks!)

One thing you’re excited for?

The NHL Draft

xBox or Playstation?

Playstation 

Final questions:

Who should we interview next?

 Anyone of my teammates, we’re all a great group of guys.

Any advice for aspiring hockey players?

Just never give up and keep chasing your dream, you might run into some tough obstacles but it’s all about how you bounce back and keep going. Also always have fun playing the game, it’s an honor to play such a great sport so just keep having FUN.

Thank you for your time.

Photocreds: Twitter.com

Let’s Meet Carter Rigby!

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We recently caught up with Carter Rigby of the Kelowna Rockets! He’s 2013 Draft Eligible and is projected to go in the mid to late rounds. Not only is he a hockey player, he’s a model for Rock Hockey Training, so you know he’s good looking! Haha! Whether or not he’s single or not, I have no clue so go find out yourself by following him on Twitter: @Rigs94. I’m not a model but you can follow me on Twitter: @HkyBlogger, and you can “like” us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/notyouraveragehockeyblog . 

As per usual, we are in bold.

How has your day been?

The day’s been great. I’m actually in London, Ontario right now getting surgery tomorrow so it was my last to hang out with family. I ended up going to Niagara Falls to see some sights and have a nice family dinner. Now I’m back at the house relaxing.

Surgery? What surgery are you having tomorrow?

I had surgery on my right shoulder five weeks ago and now I’m going for my left shoulder tomorrow.

I assume it’s a nagging injury that you’re getting fixed only because it’s the off season?

Yea pretty much. Something that just needed to get done now rather than wait it out.

Well we wish you a speedy recovery. So what’s a day normal day in the life of Carter Rigby? Non-surgery day?

Ha well I haven’t had a normal day in a while. This off season so far I haven’t been able to do much, can’t work really or do too much in the gym, so it’s usually a run in the morning with a friend or a bike ride in the gym than just hanging out with friends and family. Life is pretty relaxing in at the moment. I get pretty spoiled living in Penticton, BC so the beach is where you could find me any day after workouts.

What’s something people don’t know about you? Something special maybe?

When I was younger, I was entered in to a baseball competition and placed first in my town then went to provincials where I also came first. Then I went to nationals in Toronto and placed 2nd in Canada in my age group.

You worked your way up to the WHL, so what’s the difference between Jr. A and WHL?

I think just the overall talent in general is better than Jr. A. The speed, strength, and professionalism in the Western Hockey League is better in my opinion.  The amount of games we play I feel is more in the Western Hockey League and just playing with so many highly ranked NHL prospects is better, to name a couple things.

What kind of player do you consider yourself?

A power forward with a good shot and hockey sense that can bring some leadership to the room as well.

Are you the quiet leader who does it on the ice, or a vocal leader?

A vocal leader for sure, but I can lead by example on the ice as well.

What’s on thing that makes playing in Kelowna so much better than playing anywhere else?

The fans for sure. But if anyone’s been to Kelowna they know it’s of the nicest cities to live in. Going to the rink in shorts most of the time isn’t bad at all and once you’re done at the rink, you’re off to the beach of to one of the (golf) courses with the guys to enjoy yourself. It’s the perfect size for a junior hockey team and I wouldn’t want to play for any other organization in junior hockey.

You guys had a great regular season this year. What’s the secret to having a great season?

I think it’s just setting goals and sticking to them. We set a goal at the start of the year to win our division and the guys in the room believed in it and we just went out every night and had fun and worked hard. I also have to give credit to every guy just because we had such a tight knit group that really played for each other and wanted to win every night.

So what has been the highest point of your career?

Having back to back hat tricks this year was a pretty cool feeling that I’ll never forget but even though I wasn’t playing, watching the boys this year come back from a 3-0 lead that Seattle had on us was something I wish I could have been on the ice for, but I’ll never forget that.

Lowest point?

Hands down this year when I was told that I was done for the year after only playing 34 games and now having both shoulders worked on.

Would you consider that to be motivation to train harder this summer?

Yes for sure I have to, I won’t have much time to fully train so when I can start, I’ll have to take full advantage of it and push myself to come back stronger and better than last year to make an impact and help my team out and hopefully impress the right people.

So we interviewed a few of your teammates a while back, here’s a chance to embarrass them. Do you have any embarrassing/funny stories about Tyson Baillie or Myles Bell?

What happens in the room stays in the room haha.

Damn. Answer this please. On a scale of 1-10, how much of a bromance is Tyson Baillie and Myles Bell in right now?

Haha I haven’t been around them too much in the summer with them but I give them a solid 8 out of 10. Roommates by day, boyfriends by night.

The next part is a rapid fire round. Don’t think. Just answer. Ready?

Go for it

Favourite food?

Sushi

Place you’d love to visit?

Sweden

One crazy thing you want to try?

Sky diving

You win the lottery, how do you spend the money?

Taking all my family and friends to an all-inclusive resort somewhere for a week

Dogs or cats?

Ahh never had a dog only cats so cats but I do like dogs as well.

What’s on your iPod right now?

Time flies Tuesday is pretty big on it right now.

Final questions: Tell us about @RockHockeyT.

It’s a great clothing company run by a girl I work with at the hockey schools in the summer who’s doing really well for herself and hooks me and some of the guys up on our team with some shirts here and there. Highly recommend checking it out!

Haha can you hook me up with a shirt? Kidding! Does @RockHockeyT have a website?

Yes they do. Off the top of my head I can’t think of it but give it a Google search and look away!

Editor’s note: Check out Rock Hockey T here: http://www.rockhockeytraining.ca/

Who should we interview next?

Definitely not Ryan Olsen that’s a given but I’d say Riley Stadel. Usually get a good laugh outta him.

Advice for aspiring hockey players?

Have fun is the biggest thing and no matter what remember tomorrow’s a new day. Make memories and enjoy the ride. Work had and never sell yourself short.

Thank you for your time

Thanks a lot.

Photocreds: Twitter.com

Interview With Ryan Pulock!

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Have you met Ryan Pulock? He was most recently the Captain of the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL! He has entered the 2013 NHL Draft and is projected to go in the beginning – middle of the 1st Round! Steve Hoffner of NHL.com has him going 8th overall, while International Scouting Services have him listed as 14th! He’s a super nice and professional guy, but he’s still a great follow on Twitter: @RPulock2! If me complimenting him isn’t enough for you to follow him, just know this. There are flames in his Twitter picture. If you have flames in you display picture, you deserve a follow right? Follow me on Twitter as well! I don’t have flames but, i’m still a good follow I think! @HkyBlogger. You can “like” us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/notyouraveragehockeyblog . Got an opinion? Comment below and we promise to get back to you as soon as possible! 

We are in bold.

How’s your day been?

It’s been a good day, got a round of golf in with few buddies.

So what’s a normal day in the life of Ryan Pulock?

Well in the summer, workout twice a day then in the evening either watch some Blue Jays go for a round of golf or go fishing

Do you have a favourite Jays player?

Kinda hard to pick one but my favorites are Bautista, Encarnacion, and Reyes

So what’s one thing most people don’t know about Ryan Pulock? Something fun? Embarrassing? The possibilities are endless!

Well I am a huge Jays fan! Love fishing and anything outdoors.

So on to hockey, what’s it like playing in a rebuilding team?

Well it was tough this past year, having such a young team, but I learnt a lot over the year.

If there’s one thing you learnt this year that stood out, what would it be?

The biggest thing would have been how to face adversity, I ran into injury problems and never had to deal with that till this past year along with the adversity of not winning but I learnt a lot.

Every city has something that makes the city special. Whether it be the fans or something simple, like the benches are comfy. What makes playing at home better than playing anywhere else?

Well here in Brandon we have good fan support, and other guys in the league I talk to they always say Brandon is tough to play in, but I think travel comes in to play and all my years here it seems like we play really good at home and I think it’s just because you are most comfortable at home. 

If you don’t return to Brandon next year, what’s one thing you won’t forget about Brandon?

Well the fans, there is a lot of loyal fans and it is a small city so you get to meet a lot of the fans and you create a lot relationships with people and just how professional the organization is.

Speaking of fans, if a fan sees you on the street and wants to say hi or take a picture with you, what are some do’s and dont’s about meeting Ryan Pulock?

Really nothing, I’m very easy to get along with and can have a conversation with anyone.

Have you ever had an awkward moment with a fan?

Can’t say I have yet, but I’m sure eventually one day it may happen.

What do you think is your strongest attribute as a hockey player?

For me my shot is, but I also move the puck very effectively and read the ice well.

Your biggest weakness?

I think my biggest weakness is being physical in the defensive zone, I feel I have improved alot, but still room to get better.

How do you think you can improve your defensive game, whether it be on or off the ice?

I just gotta be more physical, I have a good stick and good body position, I just gotta get harder on guys in front of the net and in the corners.

This is your draft year and you’re projected to go in the 1st Round. How nervous are you for the 30th?

I wouldn’t say I’m nervous, I’m just excited. Nothing more I can do now, it’s basically just wait and see so I’m not gonna worry about it and just enjoy it.

So many of our readers are highly unlikely to be drafted into the NHL or have the opportunity to be invited to the NHL combine, so tell us about your NHL combine experience?

It was a neat experience, I met with NHL GMs and scouts that know so much about you and the game was cool, and the fitness testing part of it was really challenging.

So the interview you have with teams, what do teams ask you about?

The questions were basically hockey questions, asking about my game, or about family background, obviously they know what kind of player I am. they are looking to see what kind of person I am.

That’s really cool! we interviewed your teammates Eric Roy and Nick Walters. Do you have any funny or embarrassing stories about either of them?

Can’t say I do no.

Dang. Haha. The next part is a rapid fire round of the interview. Don’t think, just answer. Ready?

Yeah

Favourite food?

Ribs

Most exciting play in hockey?

Nice goal.

Who’s the hardest player to defend against?

Adam Lowry

Favourite place in Brandon?

Rink/Movie Theater

Last movie you saw?

Internship

How was it?

It was really good actually! Pretty funny.

Final Questions:

Who should we interview next? 

Brendan Harms

Any advice for aspiring hockey players?

Well I think you just gotta keep working hard hockey is a great career , but I think the main part is to just have fun. It’s a fun game to play and if you work hard you will get rewarded.

Thank you for your time we wish you the best of luck in the upcoming draft.

Thank you

Photocreds: Twitter.com

Interview With Eric Roy!

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We recently caught up with Eric Roy of the Brandon Wheat Kings! He’s eligible for this year’s draft and is projected to go in the first three rounds. Just a little fact about him that shows his dedication. He’s from a remote town named Beauval, Saskatchewan. In Beauval, there isn’t a hockey rink. So as a result, his family would have to drive him 300+ KM Round trip for practices and games. Talk about dedication! You can follow him on Twitter: @Royzy07 . You can follow me on Twitter: @HkyBlogger. You can also “like” us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/notyouraveragehockeyblog

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As per usual we are in bold.

So what’s a day in the life of Eric Roy?

I get up and usually eat about 7 meals a day, hang out with friends, watch some NHL hockey. I also workout twice a day during the off season.

So we know your name, but nothing really cool, what’s something really cool about you that I won’t find by Googling you?

I’m a prankster, friendly and I get along with everyone.

Do you feel like you have to play a leadership role on the team since there are players who are three years younger than you?

Yes, I did take on a leadership role. Obviously we had a younger team this year but it was up to me to show them what it takes to play in the WHL.

What kind of defenseman do you consider yourself?

I consider myself a two-way Defensemen.

Would you consider this season an off-year? 

We had our ups and downs but I feel we got better as the year went along.

It is your draft year, if I’m a GM and ask you to tell me why my team should draft you, what would you say?

You should draft me because I love to play the game and I’m willing to work hard and do whatever they want me to do for my development.

You were selected to play in the CHL Top Prospect game, so can you tell me a little about your experience there?

It was exciting. I felt very honoured to be there to represent my team. I also learned how to deal with the pressure. There was over 10,000 people there.

Is playing with the Top Prospects different from playing in a regular WHL game?

It was a little bit different. The prospects game was fast and intense and there are lots of good players at it. It was a lot of fun to play there.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

If I get drafted, it will be the highlight of my career, can’t wait till the day.

What has been your lowlight so far? 

My plus minus this year.

How did you persevere from it?

Just work extra hard everyday to improve it.

We’ve interviewed your teammate, Nick Walters, are there any secrets you could expose about him?

He’s a good guy not many secrets about him.

 

The next part is a “lightning round”, are you ready?

Favourite food?

Steak and potato salad

One thing you can’t live without?

Music

How do you kill time?

Fishing, playing softball

Best buddy on the team?

I like everyone

Every team does pranks, what’s the best prank you’ve seen?

Sticks and equipment taped together

What’s on your iPod?

Rock

Pet peeve?

Slow drivers

 

Final Questions:

Any advice for aspiring hockey players?

Never give up, Keep pushing yourself harder everyday. 

Who should we interview next?

Ryan Pulock

Thank you for your time. We wish you the best of luck in the upcoming draft.

Photocredits: Twitter.com