1. His dad was his idol growing up.
“My dad was a hockey player when I was a kid, he was my idol. My dad always built a pond out here on the farm for us to play on, right outside the back door actually, so I was always out on the ice rink working on tricks and shots with him.”2. He was a Flames fan as a kid.
“Growing up I was always a Flames fan and we had season tickets as a family. My buddies are still Flames fans so I keep bugging everybody, telling them they better change those jerseys pretty soon.”3. Hunting is a passion.
“I don’t get to do it anymore because I was in Minnesota and because of how hockey has worked out, but growing up my dad hunted ever since I was a kid. It’s a huge passion of mine but I do miss it and I wish I could do more of it, but hockey’s my number one priority. But I love it all, hunting deer, shooting geese, birds, anything.”4. Winning the Doyle Cup was a thrilling experience.
“One of my good hockey memories is just a few years ago playing for Camrose in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. We won the Alberta Championship, which is called the Doyle Cup, and we went on to be runner up at the Royal Bank Cup. Just that whole stretch of the two months of playoffs was just an experience I’ll always remember.”5. He didn’t watch the 2005 Entry Draft.
“Initially I didn’t think I would be going until a few rounds later. We were out in Windermere, B.C., and I was out on the boat when my phone rang and somebody said ‘you got drafted,’ and I said ‘you’re kidding!’ From what I was told I didn’t think I was going in the second round so to go there was even more of an honour.”6. #19 is his favourite NHL player.
“I always looked up to a lot of players, but I’ve always liked Joe Sakic. I’ve always liked his play and I still do today. I still hope I can be there (in the NHL) before he retires. That would be nice.”
7. He doesn’t have any superstitions or pre-game rituals.
“I’m not too superstitious to tell you the truth. I’m about the same as everybody else before a game in that I have a little quick nap, 45 minute to an hour nap, but once I’m at the game I don’t do any left skate first or anything like that.”