Although just recently recalled from the Lightning's top affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League, Dana Tyrell has wasted little time getting back to all the action that comes with the rigors of being an NHL forward. In addition to appearing in each of the Lightning's games since his call-up and signing a new two-year contract with the Bolts set to keep him in Tampa Bay through the 2013-14 season, Tyrell sat down with TampaBayLightning.com to field fans’ questions submitted via the team’s official Facebook and Twitter pages. Here is what the Airdrie, Alberta native had to say:
James Phillips asks… What was it like to be called up and then get a contract renewal?
Well I guess it wasn't completely expected on my part but it was something that the team felt was necessary. I went down to Norfolk and enjoyed it and made the best of it. I wasn’t down there long, but it was a good experience. The call-up is something that you just kind of wait for, but it happened quick so I'm happy. With the contract, it pretty much happened the same day I was called up so it’s been a crazy week. It was an exciting day though for myself and my family and it showed the organization’s commitment to me.
Andrew Weiss asks…What was the most important thing you felt you had to work on in Norfolk to get to the pros?
Specifically, I needed to be more patient with the puck. I got the puck a lot, but sometimes would try to do too much so I felt I needed to control the puck better and get more shots on net.
Amanda Salazar asks… How is it being on a line with Hall and Thompson again?
Well obviously we have a lot of chemistry and we work well together so it's been great and it makes all of our jobs easier. I think a lot of people see that and it makes it more fun to play the game. It's been an easy adjustment from last season, even missing the first part of the year when I was in Norfolk before coming back up.
Adam Wagner asks… How do you think your role as a player will change in the NHL as you develop, or in what direction do you see yourself developing?
I can see my career going up and up. For now, I'm going to continue doing what I have been doing on this team which is contributing by being a role player and being a momentum changer. So, as my season goes on I'm hoping to get more minutes and more opportunities, and I think my role will become greater. I'm looking forward to that and I'm confident my game will continue to develop.
Greg Climan asks… How is it to play on a team with the likes of Steven Stamkos, Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis?
It’s great to have the opportunity to play with such incredible players. There are a lot of guys who are young who come into the league and don’t have the same types of players as those guys around them, so it’s real special.
Matt Laubhan asks… Do you have any pre game habits or rituals?
No, nothing out of the ordinary. I usually take a nap at the same time every day before a game and then I head to the rink and once I get there, it's all business.
Brandon Drover asks... What is going through your mind when you take your first step out onto the ice each game?
I usually just think about how much fun this game is going to be and how excited I am to play.
Christina Ferguson asks… What's your favorite NHL city to visit on a road trip?
Toronto. It has it all and there's so much to do there. It's also a really nice city, so I always like it when we go there because it's definitely a fun place to be.
Terri Wilkie asks… Who is your favorite professional hockey player and why?
When I was really young I really liked Doug Gilmour, so I'd have to go with him.
Corey Comeau asks… What is your nutrition and off-ice training like, that allows you to stay in such great shape?
I watch what I eat, and like all of the guys here, we know that our bodies are part of our job, so we have to take care of it. I'm definitely cautious of what I eat and drink.