Tyson Jost was selected No. 10 overall by the Colorado Avalanche nearly two weeks ago at the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo, New York. Rated as the 16th-best North American skater in NHL Central Scouting's final rankings, the forward recently finished his second season with the British Columbia Hockey League's Penticton Vees, where he was team captain in 2015-16. The St. Albert, Alberta, native was named league MVP and was a BCHL First Team All-Star before earning the Canadian Junior Hockey League's National Player of the Year and Top Forward awards.
The center also captained Team Canada at the IIHF Under-18 World Championship, where he was named "best forward" of the tournament after leading all players with 15 points (six goals and nine assists) in seven games. He won gold medals with Canada at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and World Junior A Challenge.
Jost, who is slated to play for the University of North Dakota next season, sat down with ColoradoAvalanche.com after coming to Colorado for the first time on June 27.
How have you liked Denver so far?
"It's been unbelievable. I got a little tour last night with some of my family and it's my first time being at Pepsi Center, I was blown away-it's super nice. The down time was unbelievable and the rink here is pretty special. I'm really excited to be here and be a part of this family now."
What is your go-to pregame snack or meal?
"Chicken and pasta. I think that's something I've always stuck with and now it's become part of my pregame routine. I guess you could say my superstition, but that's what I'll eat before every game."
What is one of your best memories with Penticton?
"I'd have to say my first year with Penticton when we went all the way to the RBC Cup. We lost in the semifinal game but won the BCHL Championship there. And then the Western Canadian Cup was another thing. It was pretty special, and I'll remember for a long time."
What is your favorite activity besides hockey?
"I'd have to say boat-surfing-behind the boat there in Okanagan. There are some pretty nice lakes there so whenever I get a chance I try to do that with some of my family. It's a pretty fun hobby."
Who was your favorite player growing up?
"Jonathan Toews. Obviously, he went to North Dakota and that's where I'm going. I love the way he plays and how he is off the ice too, he's a pretty special guy. I mean he's a leader on and off the ice, and that's something I respect a lot about him. He plays the right way so there are a lot of qualities that I respect about him."
Do you have a favorite retired player?
"Joe Sakic. I've said this to a few people before, but I always remember searching for highlights of him on YouTube and watching some of his videos and all the nice plays he made and whatnot. I mean I was a little bit young, but I always cheered for him. I remember watching him win a few Stanly Cups for Colorado here, and he's a pretty special player to watch. My Grandpa would always tell me, 'I want you to shoot the puck like Joe Sakic.' So that's someone I looked up to for sure."
What influenced you to play hockey?
"I think it was just something that was part of my family, and I grew up around it. My grandpa coached and my mom was always around it too, so I was kind of born into a hockey family. Being from Canada, Western Canada, that helps a little bit too. The only thing that's really down there is hockey, and you're exposed to it at a young age. I can't say how happy I am that I got into this game."
How did your mom help prepare you for the draft process?
"I mean a lot, she was always there for me. There were a lot of ups and downs and you don't know where you're going to go, and it can be stressful at times. Again, you're only 18 years old, and you're going through this change in your life that's going to determine your future, I guess you could say. She's always there for me. I always had a person I could talk to or go to whenever I needed. She was there step-by-step, and that really helped me through this process."
What are you most excited to experience at North Dakota?
"I don't even know if I can pin-point one thing. I think their facilities are really nice there; playing in front of all the fans is going to be pretty special. They sellout every night and get 12,000 fans so I think that's something that's going to be pretty special. I think I'll remember my first game at the Ralph Engelstad Arena for a long time. I'm really excited to go there, but I'm sure there will be a lot of things that will be a blast and I'm really excited for that."
What are you most nervous for?
"I guess school and trying to figure out all my classes and the college life, trying to manage my time. I've heard stories of guys trying to find their classes and whatnot, but I'm sure I'll figure it out."
What is your most watched TV show?
"Probably anything on NHL Network. On Netflix, I always watch Scandal or The Hundred. I used to always binge-watch those."
What is your favorite thing so far about the Avalanche organization?
"Oh, there's no way I can pick out one thing-I mean I'm still getting introduced to everything. But their facility here is great, the coaching staff, the management staff, it's all unbelievable. It's pretty special when you have someone like Joe Sakic running it, and he's the guy behind everything. All the history and the players that are on the team right now is super special I think. I just can't wait to be a part of everything."