We caught up with Sens defenceman Marc Methot during his visit to the Ottawa Senators Hockey Camps at the Richcraft Sensplex to talk about how he mixes up his off-season training, playing with a two-time Norris Trophy winner and more...
On his summer so far:
It's been going really well. I feel pretty healthy. Compared to what I had to go through last summer, it's night and day so I think my spirit's a lot higher. I'm training a lot and we're skating every week now and I feel very good. I'm probably in the best shape that I've been in in a long time.
On more Sens players staying in Ottawa to train this summer:
You get that sense. First of all, you've got 4 or 5 of us local guys on the team now and when I say local I mean Pageau, myself, Ceci...but yeah, there are a few extra guys that are sticking around as well. I think this is probably the largest group in terms of Senators skating together in the summer so it's nice to see and it's the more the merrier when it comes down to it.
On if it's a result of the team "coming together":
I think so. That's obviously a product of having guys come up the system together and having that bond. That's just a natural thing when you spend that much time with another guy and you go through some of the stuff we have to go through. Guys are getting tight and you need that. That's usually one of the big recipes for success at this level.
On cycling being a part of his off-season training:
I love it. I'm big into fitness and all that stuff and I think cycling has always been, I wouldn't say a passion, but something that I enjoy doing to break up my regular day-to-day routines. I gotta say, that Gatineau hill when you start right at the bottom...that can be an absolute nightmare to ride up but once you make it to the top it's pretty rewarding.
On playing with a two-time Norris trophy winner:
It's a treat. It's fun to play with him because I find he's literally my polar opposite to a certain degree when it comes to his style of play. We gel so well together and I'm so used to hitting him up the middle versus hitting the centreman because he's just that quick and dynamic at jumping up into the play. I'm happy for him and it was well deserved.
On his remaining schedule leading up to training camp:
Right now it's just laying low and trying to relax as much as I can when I'm not training hard. Mentally, you know how grueling a season can be so you don't want to burn out. You want to try and take care of yourself and a lot of that comes from your dieting and eating well so you don't burn yourself out in the gym. As far as that goes, I think we're just going to start slowly ramping up the skates and be on the ice a little more frequently. Other than that, this isn't anything I'm not used to.
On taking time to visit the Ottawa Senators Hockey Camps:
It's cool. I never had the opportunity when I was a kid to meet a Senator or an NHL player. That was something I always wanted to do. I can only imagine how exciting it would be for them as kids and we enjoy doing it. Being a local guy, I know a ton of the people that have their kids in these camps so usually I hear nothing but good things.