AJ Greer was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round (39th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. The 6-foot-3, 204-pound left wing was signed to a three-year, entry-level contract by the Avalanche on July 1 of this year.
The native of Joliette, Quebec, began his 2015-16 campaign with Boston University before leaving mid-season to play for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. With the 2016 President's Cup Champion Huskies, the forward tallied 27 points (16 goals, 11 assists) in 33 regular-season games. In the QMJHL playoffs, he recorded 22 points (12 goals, 10 assists) in 20 contests.
ColoradoAvalanche.com sat down with Greer shortly this past summer.
What was the feeling like to sign with the Avs and how do you feel you improved leading up to that moment?
"Signing my first NHL contract was definitely a dream come true. It was such an unbelievable feeling to have the year that I had with the guys on my team, whether it was Boston University or in the 'Q.' But to sign that contract with my parents right there-and my family and friends just encouraged me-it was a great feeling and it gave me a lot of confidence as well, on and off the ice, just because it shows you that you're so close to your dream. Coming in here with a contract, I don't think I need to focus on anything else, just learn and grasp everything that all these coaches have to offer here."
What are your impressions of Denver?
"It's a really nice area, great views. From the gym, you can see so many mountains. It's really a nice, nice place.
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What do you like to do outside of hockey?
"I usually just hang out with friends. I play a lot of NHL on Xbox, but yeah, just hang out. I'm usually not home at all. To be honest, I'm probably home two or three weeks every year, including Christmas. So just get to be with my friends and enjoy the moment at home."
What is your go-to team when you play NHL on Xbox?
"Washington. I'm a big Ovi fan. He's an exciting player, and in the game he's pretty good. He's rated like 97 overall, so it's to my advantage."
If you could only listen to one album or artist for the rest of your life, what would it be?
"To be honest, I'm a big music guy. I love music; music is a big part of my life. There'll be days I listen to country, and there'll be days I listen to rap. Those are my two go-tos. But Justin Bieber, J. B.-if I had to listen to one person for the rest of my life, Justin Bieber, 100 percent."
What is your favorite TV show?
Prison Break. Huge. Changed my life.
How old were you when you first left home?
"I left home when I was about 15 years old. I went to prep school in New Hampshire for two years. I then headed out to Boston University for one and a half years and then went up to Rouyn-Noranda to finish my junior year there this past year. In the summers I was usually in the United States for the past few years, and this year I'm going to be here (in Colorado) for a month. Then I'll be in Toronto starting Aug. 8 until camp."
What is that feeling like to be away from home at that age?
"I'm used to it. It's a big step in life and a lot of life lessons are learned through traveling alone. My parents are always there to support me, my dad, my mom, my grandparents, my brother; they always fill in whenever I need them. And my parents usually try to come see me whenever possible, so I'm grateful for that."