When you first came to Maine to play hockey, it wasn’t your first trip into Maine. It was different for you. Why?

It’s always been a native tradition for Mi’kmaqs around Nova Scotia, we all go to Columbia Falls to harvest blueberries in August, which is a great time. It’s an annual gathering.

You take great pride in being the first player from Eskasoni to play at this level in hockey. How important is that to you?

It’s obviously important, but now there are other players in the league, there’s two other players drafted and hopefully there will be more to come.

You weren’t always a defenseman. When did you convert?

I converted back to defense back in Midget. I was trying out for Midget AAA and the coach asked me if I wanted to play D, because they were a little short in the tryout, and I took the opportunity and I’ve been a defenseman since then.

What’s the hardest thing about converting from a defenseman to a forward?

It’s pretty much all the same for me, I think. It comes natural to me. I can go back and forth no problem without getting mixed up with either position.

What was the biggest difference for you between your 16-year-old year in Lewiston and your 17-year-old year?

My first year was all a learning process. It was kind of a culture shock. I was a little homesick at first, but I found a way to battle through it and then I stuck with it, and here I am now.

How did you develop your shot in the first place?

I think it was a lot of shooting when I was younger. My grandfather pretty much had to replace the steps. I shot all the spindles off, he had to replace the shingles on the side of the wall, there was quite a bit of damage done down in the basement. By just working on it all summer long when I was younger.

How did people in Atlanta react at first when they saw your shot for the first time?

I don’t know, I guess I got ‘Ooos’ and ‘Ahhs’ every time I shot the puck.

What was Atlanta’s impression of you that first year you went to rookie camp?

They were happy, but they said they were going to send me back to juniors.

What was their reaction this year?

It was totally different. I had a good tournament in Traverse City. They were impressed with my play down there and I eventually moved on to the main camp. It was a great experience.

When they sent you back this year, what specifically did they tell you they wanted you to work on?

They told me, they wanted me to work on my defensive skills, to develop my hockey sense.

How would you rate your season so far?

I think I had a couple bad games in the middle, but I found a way to bounce back. I think I’ve been playing a lot better, a lot smarter. On the power play, moving the puck, It’s been pretty good.

Where are you going to be in five years?

Hopefully playing pro hockey somewhere, the AHL or the NHL.


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