SJSHARKS.com caught up with Sharks prospect and Kingston Frontenacs captain Taylor Doherty at San Jose's summer development camp. The following is a transcript of the brief question and answer session from July 12, 2011 at Sharks Ice at San Jose.Q. You were drafted by the Sharks in the 2nd round (57th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. What is your lasting memory from that experience?
A. It was a great honor to be taken by the Sharks, and to be drafted in general. It was an accomplishment and it’s the starting point to be a professional hockey player.
Q. What inspired you to pursue a career in hockey?
A. I have played hockey since I was a young kid. All my brothers played hockey and we are a hockey family. The year before playing junior hockey, I started to develop as a player. I developed into a big guy. Hockey is my life so that’s what I am working on.
Q. What would you say has been the most important factor in helping you get to this point in your career?
A. Working on my game outside of practice and coming to camps like this. All the player development guys and the coaches are great and it’s amazing how much you can learn. I come in and I take everything in and I try to better myself as a hockey player. I try to work on things after practice by myself like my foot speed and my shot, just little things make me a better player.
Q. This past year you attended Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team development camp, Sharks Development Camp, SharksTraining Camp, scored a goal in an NHL preseason game, played an entire season in Kingston, then played a handful of AHL games with Worcester. What has been the highlight of the past 12-plus months for you?
A. Everything I have done in the last two years has been amazing for me. I started my junior career, then being drafted, playing in a few Hockey Canada events, being taken by the Sharks and developing into a Sharks player and playing in the AHL. This past April with Worcester, that was a great experience, it made me a better player.Q. Frontenacs head coach Doug Gilmour, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame just a few weeks ago, made you his team’s Captain last season. What was it like receiving that honor?
A. Whenever someone is named captain, it is a huge honor. It was humbling to be named captain by Doug Gilmour and felt that I could do the job to the best of my ability. I try to be a leader on and off the ice and do things to help all the younger guys out. Q. How would you describe your leadership style as a captain?
A. I am not the kind of guy to get in your face. I do things on the ice, in practice, in the workout room and in games to lead by example.Q. What are you focusing on here at Development Camp to improve your overall game?
A. Here they teach you a bunch of new things and it’s a lot to soak in. This is my third camp now and I feel like I continue to improve. You strive to get better at the things they tell you to do and when you go home you work on things there. Q. What have you done here in San Jose aside from development camp?
A. I got to play golf a couple times last year, but basically it’s all hockey. Hockey is all I am thinking about right now.
by Chelsea Franza