Mika Zibanejad is back in Ottawa as he looks to start intensifying his off-season training and we were able to catch up with him to talk about his new contract, Development Camp memories and more...
On his new contract:
It's a bit of motivation and a comfort knowing that it's done. I'm excited coming in to camp now and it makes it a little bit easier to workout. I'm really looking forward to the season. I can't wait for it to get started.
On becoming a more consistent player:
As a young player, I feel like I've had a lot of ups and downs. I had a long down spell at the beginning of last season but I felt after that I was pretty consistant from December into the playoffs. It comes with more experience. The more games you play you start to figure it out. You begin to know what's expected of you and how to live up to those expectations.
On working out in Ottawa this summer:
I'll mostly be working out at the gym nextdoor for the first little bit and then come back to the rink and train with the guys. It's good to get some distance from the rink being here 11 out of 12 months a year.
On his memories from Development Camp:
I still remember my first camp and how excited I was. I remember that I got my gear from Sweden 3 or 4 days into camp so I played with someone else's gear. I have no clue who's it was. I have a lot of fun memories of camp though, it's all about getting to know the organization, the trainers, the coaches and the system. You learn how to act not only on the ice but off the ice as a Senator and how you present yourself, the team and the city. It's a good camp to go to and I'm happy they're doing well right now.
On the Stanley Cup playoffs:
I followed some results, I didn't stay up all night watching. I used to do that when I was younger. I used to set the alarm for 1 or 1:30 a.m. or whenever it was and watch the games but not anymore.
On his boat cruise DJ gig on Canada Day:
It was fun. I had my friends there and Stone, Ceci,Pageau and Methot were there too. It was fun doing it during the day and I got to relax at night. I really enjoyed doing it, especially in the summer time when I can. It's something I enjoy and I'm always listening to music so there's no better way to play whatever you want to hear.