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Five Questions with Zach Boychuk

by Colleen Hamilton / Carolina Hurricanes
Colleen Hamilton

The Canes hosted media day at PNC Arena on Tuesday, Sept. 1. With training camp fast approaching, and the local media sat down with a number of players for wide-ranging, informal chats.

Here are five questions with Canes forward Zach Boychuk. There has been a lot of talk of internal competition for spots in training camp. Do you get that feeling, and how does that affect you?

Zach Boychuk: It seems like there’s more spots open this year than in previous years. I feel like I’m a depth guy that can play third or fourth line but that also has a chance of moving in one of the top two lines if some of the top six guys aren’t going. For me, I think that’s going to give me an advantage and just have that versatility to kind of play wherever. Knowing there is going to be stiff competition in camp, does that change your mindset going in?

Boychuk: I think no matter what, whether you’re a guy that’s making three million dollars or a guy that’s on a two-way contract, trying to make the team, you always have to prove yourself. Anything can happen and everybody wants to be that consistent, everyday guy. It’s taken me a few years to try and do that, and now I feel like I’m ready. You follow pretty much everyone on Twitter, so do you read your feed?

Boychuk: I see all my mentions. I get a lot of direct messages because if you follow somebody they can direct message you back. I’ll respond sometimes. How did you become such a fan of “The Bachelor”?

Boychuk: I had three sisters growing up, so they always wanted to watch it. I probably started watching it right from when it started, or pretty close, and then once I turned pro there was probably 10 or 15 guys on a lot of the teams that I played that also watched it. We had drafts, and we’d try to pick who would win. We had to ban it (the draft) a couple of years ago because guys were cheating, guys were checking the spoilers. I don’t want to name names but there’s a few other guys – (Drew) MacIntrye, (Chris) Terry, a lot of the Charlotte guys were. I want to say Wardo maybe, too. Which teammate would you select to participate on “The Bachelorette”?

Boychuk: For entertainment, probably put (Ryan) Murphy as one. (Riley) Nash would be a good guy with some witty comments, and then you’ve got to get a really good looking guy. I don’t know if we have any good looking guys on our team. Maybe John-Michael Liles, he would be good. Murph definitely wouldn’t win, but he’d be entertaining. Liles would probably win.

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