1) Are you happy with becoming the first players to ever play for this brand new VHL team ?
I am extremely honored to be a part of the Prague Phantoms, especially as this is an expansion team and coming into the league with a clean slate and roster. Prague was one of the few teams to contact me prior to the draft to get to know me, so I am grateful that they took me as opposed to a team just taking me out of the blue. The odds were not on Prague's side in the draft, but it is fortunate that everything fell in place for me to go to Phantoms. I look forward to making some history with the team while I'm here.
2) What will be the best way to improve your player this season?
It definitely will have to be skating and defense. I was able to hang around in the VHLM because my build was at the 200 cap. But now that we're in uncapped territory, I really have to step up my game in order to be able to hang with the big boys. There's no learning curve or a hold-your-hands kind of learning. I might get overwhelmed or fooled from time to time, but as I've said in the past- I am a firm believer in that experience is the best teacher. With Prague, I will have that opportunity - so I'm kinda excited about that one.
3) Is there any players that you look forward to playing with that is on this team now ?
Seabass Perrin, I look forward to playing with him. Our time on the rink didn't overlap too much in Yukon 'cause we had two other solid defensemen. But now that we're on a whole new team - so we're going to have to play and learn together while we're here. Willie Dredge is another Yukon player, which is cool and it'll be nice to have some familiar faces around as we acclimate to the VHL.
4) Do you like the Phantoms logo ?
The logo is pretty fierce and I like it. Quite appropriate for an expansion team looking to make its mark in the well-established VHL.
5) Do you think we will do better than the other new expansion team DC ?
I am not too sure about that. It looks like the D.C. Dragons went for a few more experienced/veteran players as opposed to Prague Phantoms. One thing that's for certain is both of us are going to have a rough inaugural season - but it's all about playing through the motions, learning about each other and the system. A few years down the road, I anticipate us being better than the Dragons.
6) What do you think we need to get through free agency to make the team better ?
A few more experienced, proven veteran players would be awesome. It looks like I'll get plenty of playing time, but it'd be nice if we had some veterans in the LR to help us break through mental blocks, scoring slumps, you know, the little things that us hockey players make when we are mentally fatigued. It's kind of hard to know what we exactly need/what is available in the market but we'll see how the offseason pans out. It won't change how I intend on approaching the game.