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Getting to Know...Paul Carey

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Forward Paul Carey is one of 29 Colorado Avalanche prospects looking to improve his game and simultaneously make a name for himself this week at Colorado’s 2008 Development Camp.

Selected by the Avalanche in the fifth round (135th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Carey went on to have a big rookie season in the United States Hockey League.

Skating with the Indiana Ice, Carey earned spots on the All-USHL Second Team and the USHL All-Rookie Team after finishing fifth in the league with 66 points (34g/32a). He also led all USHL skaters with 16 power-play goals.

College hockey fans will get to see plenty of Carey next season, as he will begin his collegiate career with the Boston College Eagles in the fall of 2008.

A self-described “player who always tries to play the right way,” here’s your chance to get to know Paul Carey.

He’s a Boston kid through and through…
“When looking at colleges, I wanted to stay east and in the Boston area; Beanpot schools like BU, BC, Harvard. I was also looking at a few Ivy League schools, but it came down to the coach at Boston College (Jerry York) and the fact that I knew a lot of the players. They made me feel really comfortable on campus.”

…but also spent two years playing high school hockey in Connecticut
“I played two years at Thayer Academy and then I transferred to Salisbury High School and had a few good years there. I made the move mostly because of the coach there, Danny Donato (a former Boston University skater and brother of current Harvard University head coach and NHL veteran Ted Donato). He’s a great guy and knew what he was doing. He really does a great job of developing his players.”

He couldn’t watch his school of choice win the NCAA title
“I had chills when I heard they had won, because so many guys on the team are my good buddies. I was so excited for them and was pretty pumped about going there next year. I wasn’t able to watch the game though, because I had a game that night myself.”

He knows how to make an impact
“I really was unsure at first of the impact I would have playing in the USHL. I just went out there and got a feel for it and realized I could play at that level. It took a while, but soon after I felt comfortable. Indiana had drafted me in the Futures Draft a few years back and held my rights. I actually finished up high school in Indiana.”

His jump shot isn’t too bad either
“I like to play basketball a lot and play golf in my free time. Some video games too. But I just love playing basketball. I like to both watch it and play it. I’m definitely more of a jump-shot guy when I play with the kids in my neighborhood.”

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