No too long before being taken 45th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Flyers, Anthony Stolarz came to the NHL Combine in a position not many other prospects were in.
PhiladelphiaFlyers.com caught up with Stolarz who gives us his take from the event nearly five years ago…
WHAT'S GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND THE NIGHT BEFORE YOUR NHL COMBINE?
"I was a little nervous. It was my first experience with any of those players invited because I played in the North American Hockey League. I think I was the only player invited, so it was a little overwhelming at first. You walk in and see the testing set up and then you get your interview list. I think I interviewed with 23 or 24 teams. You're going non-stop every day."
WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING ASPECTS OF THE TESTING PHASE FOR YOU?
"It was the VO2 and the Wingate tests. You do them back-to-back and you get about a half-hour break. One is a long distance type of test and you go until you can't go anymore. I think I lasted about 8 or 9 minutes. Then the other is 30 seconds as hard as you can. There's a room set up right afterwards and there's garbage bags everywhere and a lot of guys were throwing up, so that was definitely the hardest part for me."
DID YOU KNOW ABOUT OR PREPARE FOR THAT TEST GOING IN?
"No, I didn't know it was going to be that intense. I trained for it after my season ended in April so I had two months to prepare for it, but it was more intense than I expected."
WHAT WAS THE INTERVIEW PROCESS LIKE FOR YOU? ANY QUESTIONS THROW YOU OFF?
"Well for me, the questions were pretty straight forward, but I noticed some teams had 9 or 10 people in the room and then there was one team that had someone sit really really close to me to try and make you feel uncomfortable, so that was probably the strangest thing I remember. I think they just want to get to know you and know your style of play."
DID YOU MEET WITH THE FLYERS?
"I did, yes. I remember they were one of my shortest meetings actually. It probably lasted two or three minutes. I think they just wanted to put a face to the name, so I guess it just goes to show you it doesn't matter how long you meet with a team, they will still pick you."
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