We know you were a big kid in training camp, coming in at 6’5 as a 15 year old. Have you grown since then, or have you topped out?
Actually, I’ve already grown another inch. I’m 6’6 now *laughs* and I think I have another inch or two in me.
How do you think your season is going with POE?
I think it’s going pretty well. It’s kind of rough because we aren’t the best team in the league. I see a lot of shots which is good for development, but we compete hard every game. There’s always room for improvement though. With POE, we get 2 hours on the ice everyday which is great in helping me improve my game.
What areas of your game do you think that you need to improve on to make the Ams next year?
I think that I can always improve every part of my game. But specifically, I want to work on my puck handling. I think that’s a big one for me. Hand eye coordination is another one to work on. Other than that, I’m always trying to get faster and stronger.
What do you think are your best skills currently? What can you bring to the table for the team?
Being 6’6, I cover a large part of the net. If I keep being able to nail my angles and positioning, I take away a lot of scoring chances. And I feel that my in-tight game is doing really well.
You were on the bench for the win in Spokane where Patrick Dea stopped 50 shots before winning in a 7-round shootout. What were you able to take away from that experience?
The whole experience was surreal. From the time that I walked through the door, to sitting on the bench, to jumping on the ice with the team to celebrate, it was all awesome. Patty (Dea) was amazing. He put on a clinic that night. I loved how close the whole team was and I was glad to get an insight into the lifestyle.
What are you looking forward to the most with the Ams?
I’m excited to play with those guys. The group that I was there with, along with the training camp guys, were great. I’m looking forward to the pro type lifestyle, juggling school, travel, hockey, and a social life. It will be awesome to really get there and just prepare for the next big thing to come. Overall, I’m super excited.