Where were you when you got drafted?
I was in Buffalo, NY when I was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings
Did you think of yourself as a top prospect when you first entered the NHL?
I definitely thought of myself as a top prospect and paid my dues and eventually got a shot, but due to injuries was unfortunately hurt most of my career.
Did you prefer to play on power play or penalty kill?
I definitely loved playing on the power play as it was one of my strong points.
Biggest difference/similarity between German and Canadian hockey leagues you played in?
-The biggest difference is the speed and skill of the game as its mostly semi professional players.
-One of the similarities is the commitment and hard work.
Toughest teammate you’ve had?
How much time did you put into face offs during practice?
I probably put 5-10 minutes depending on the practice, but definitely before every game.
Preferred jersey number to wear?
What was your go-to restaurant (that you can remember) while you were in Bridgeport, CT playing for the Sound Tigers?
It was a sports bar called Johnny Rockets I think.
Post hockey career, what have you spent most of your time doing?
After breaking my back and being forced to retire, I am a stay at home dad!
Anything in your professional career that you would have done differently?
As for my career, I wouldn’t change anything. I am where I am today because of it and despite all the injuries, the experiences I was able to live and the opportunities it gave me are priceless. Can truly say I have no regrets.
Prediction for 2017 Stanley Cup Championship?
Pittsburgh will win the cup
Two NHL organizations you played for (Devils, Islanders), both have a top 15 pick in the 1st round of the draft in 2017. What would be your advice for young talent first entering the league?
I would advise young players in today’s game to embrace the moment and take each game one at a time. It’s essential to watch, listen, and learn from experienced players. You can never have enough knowledge if the game and through your peers, you will learn and prosper as a player.