On his style of play: I try to play my own game - play both ends of the ice. Obviously, take care of the defensive end and the offense will come with it. To be a good defenseman, you have to be able to play both ends, and that's what I've been told to try to do – try to use my good vision with the power play and move the puck. For a big guy, I figure I can skate pretty well and use my size to my advantage. And make sure the defensive end is working as well as the offense.
On patterning his game after
On the possibility of playing against Pronger one day: I think my eyes would light up the first time I'd see him. It would be an honor. I'd probably be watching him instead of watching my own game. Playing against him would be a great compliment to myself and be an honor. Watching him growing up and hopefully if I can get there to the same stage, it would be a tremendous feeling.
On getting his start in hockey: It kind of started around the age of six. I never used to like hockey, actually. My parents put me on the ice, and I used to cry to get off the ice. They kept putting me back out there, and after a while I started to enjoy it more and more. And once they put a stick in my hands, it took off from there and I've loved the game ever since.
On his first hockey team: I think it started with the Noble King Knights, which is the hometown team in
On becoming a defenseman: I used to be the power forward. I used to wear number 88 like Eric Lindros and someone decided to put me on defense and that worked out.
On ‘playing’ for the
On playing on his backyard rink: It's nice to kind of let loose once in a while. My dad always tried to get me to do some skating drills, but I wasn't buying into it. So a lot of times I'd just have my friends over and horse around. Those are the good times I remember, growing up and playing in the backyard with my family, my uncle and my cousins. Like I said, those are the memories that will stick with you.
On growing up in a hockey family: My brother played growing up locally and my dad used to be a goalie. And my dad's cousin, Frank, played for
On his most memorable hockey gift: Probably my first one piece hockey stick - one of my old coaches, Dominic, gave it to me. And at the time I was using the old wooden sticks. And I got this one piece stick, and my eyes lit up, and I've been using them ever since.
On playing for Team
On his most memorable hockey moment: Making
On the biggest influences in his career: It has always been my family. My parents have always been supportive of what I've been doing. And my brother's been great for me. There's been nothing better than to have them on my side and have my cousins and everyone be my biggest fans. It's been a lot of support and I'm thankful to have them.
On the best advice he has received: My dad still says to me that it doesn't matter the result as long as I did my best. That's the important thing. As long as I'm having fun and I try hard. If I don't succeed, so be it. He’s really supportive and he knows that I try my best whatever I do. If the results don't come out, then I know I still have a lot of fun.
On his thoughts heading in to the NHL Draft: I'm pretty excited about everything and try to take it one day at a time. You know, when draft day comes, it will be excitement more than anything. It will be a little nerve-racking, but once the day's over with, it's only up from there.
On his most embarrassing hockey moment: My most embarrassing hockey moment is falling down in warm-up last year. It was one of my first games in the OHL. My helmet fell off, went face first, smacked my face on the ice and hurt my nose and my cheek. I was bruised up for a bit. I didn't know what to do, but I kept skating. It was pretty embarrassing for me.
On one thing he couldn’t live without: One thing I couldn't live without is my cell phone. I've always got to have my phone on me. I don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing, but I've always got to keep in touch with people.
On his favorite pump up song: City of
On his favorite toy growing up: My favorite toy growing up was mini sticks. I think that's the case with most hockey players