The Canes hosted media day at PNC Arena on Tuesday, Sept. 1. With training camp fast approaching, CarolinaHurricanes.com 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.
CarolinaHurricanes.com: 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.
CH.com: 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.
CH.com: 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.
CH.com: 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.
CH.com: 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.