Patrick O’Sullivan has spent his first few weeks as a member of the Minnesota Wild building chemistry with his new teammates, some of whom he met in his days as a Wild prospect. At the same time, he’s adjusting to life in Minnesota, which mostly has consisted of a hotel room The 25-year-old forward, who was originally drafted by the Wild in 2003, seems to be fitting in as he makes adjustments on and off the ice.
Wild.com had a chance to chat with Patrick about his new surroundings, his interests and his family. This is what Patrick had to say: Wild.com: How does it feel to put on a Wild sweater seven years after being drafted by that team?O’Sullivan:
It feels good. I was really happy that I was drafted here, and it’s great to return. It seems that you always have a special place for the team that drafted you. It has always been an organization that has been well run, and nothing has really changed with the new management or coaches. It‘s a place where a lot of guys want to play.Wild.com: How has the transition been after having to change teams during the season?O’Sullivan:
It’s happened to me before, and it’s not fun. But for this situation, I have a better opportunity here than I was getting in Carolina. I was barley playing there. It was good for me to contribute here a little bit already; I’m still learning how the team plays.Wild.com: How’s the move been on your family?O’Sullivan:
It’s been hard. I have only seen my wife twice since training camp and have not seen my two Italian Mastiffs at all. My wife is four and a half months pregnant, so it’s getting to the point now where she needs help doing certain things and I need to be there to help her.
They will be coming up soon. We got a place up here so I can move out of the Holiday Inn. It will be nice to have some normal day-to-day activities instead of spending all of your time in the hotel by yourself. It can get depressing, especially when I was in Carolina where I was not playing much. I would sit there and think about it all day. Wild.com: How is the chemistry with your teammates thus far?O’Sullivan:
It’s gone well. It’s something that does not happen right away. It takes a little while. The team is having a tough time right now, but there is a feeling that we are close to getting out of it. Winning makes everything else easier and more fun. I tend to feel better with my own individual game when the team is winning as well.Wild.com: Do you guys do anything special on the road to build team unity?O’Sullivan:
This is a pretty close group of guys. On the road we spend a lot of time together, so we have a lot of team dinners or we play some cards.Wild.com: Who is your roommate on the road?O’Sullivan:
It’s Clutter (Cal Clutterbuck
). He’s a great roommate. He doesn’t snore. We go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time, which is key on the road because you need to get your rest.Wild.com: What is something else you enjoy about Minnesota?O’Sullivan:
I have spent some summers up here, and it’s a beautiful place to be with a lot to do. Also, the people are really nice, and that’s one thing you notice when you first get up here. It’s an enjoyable place to be.
Obviously, Minnesotans have a love for hockey and they understand the game. As a player you want to be a part of something that matters to the people. The facility here is beautiful. It’s an overall good place to play.Wild.com: What activities do you do away from the ice?O’Sullivan:
During the season we do not have a whole lot of free time, so there is not a whole lot to do. I like to read or play video games, and just do stuff that kind of just takes your mind off hockey and helps you relax.Wild.com: Do you have a favorite book or style?O’Sullivan:
I like to read biographies or autobiographies. I like reading about people and their lives, generally in the topics of sports or politics. It’s interesting to see how some people start out doing one thing and later they find out their passion is something else.Wild.com: Ever consider a biography about you?O’Sullivan:
Ah, I don’t know. It’s one of those things that you would have to talk about some difficult situations, and in my case I don’t know if I would want to go through all of that. Plus, I would have to do a little more in my hockey career to have an interesting book. You never know, I’m still pretty young and hopefully will play in this league a number of more years and become a winner. But in all honesty I have never thought about doing anything like that about myself.Wild.com: Any long term goals?O’Sullivan:
You learn pretty fast in this league that you have to take it one day at a time. It’s such a grind and there are so many games especially playing in the Western Conference, there is so much travel and so many good teams making it a tight playoff race from day one. Every game is important and every point is important.