Q&A with Sault St. Marie Greyhound center Tyler Kennedy - 17-Jul-04
Written by: Eric Bowser
Eric Bowser: What was your reaction when you found out you were drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins?
Tyler Kennedy: Very excited, one of my boyhood heroes is Rico Fata. He told me a lot of great things about it, pretty excited being drafted by Pittsburgh Penguins.
EB: What is it about Rico Fata that you like?
TK: I used to watch him for the Greygounds, go out on the outdoor rink with him, look up to his speed and smarts on the ice, I'm pretty good friends with his younger brother Drew.
EB: What are your biggest strengths on the ice?
TK: my speed, on the outside
EB: What are the areas you still need to improve on?
TK: Shooting the puck a lot, I like passing, making fancy plays, maybe if I shoot a lot more, get a lot more goals and chances.
EB: What type of role in hockey do you envision for yourself in a couple of years?
TK: 2nd line intensity guy, always bring intensity to everyone else, try to get eveyone to feed off their engery and a guy who plays very hard.
EB: Are you a rah-rah leader or by example on the ice?
TK: I don't talk much in the dressing room, I like to show my example on the ice.
EB: What are your plans for this summer? do you attend any summer camps
TK: I'm working out with a trainer, he's a very good trainer, trains a lot of the guys who are going to the NHL, Mike Cowan, he's very good. Probably go to Denny Lambert's week long skating camp, that's where all the NHL guys go.
EB: work on power skating?
TK: yeah, speed and power, conditioning and breathing
EB: Other than hockey, what do you like to do....
TK: I like to fish, go to camp, swim.
EB: Favorite music and artist
TK: I like Toby Keith, country kind of guy, I like it alot.
EB: Who were your linemates this past season and any thoughts on the upcoming season?
TK: I played with Jeff Larsh, he's a great player, have nothing but great things to say about the guy. He's always pushed me to the next step, always there for me. Jason Pitton, great guy, good speed, another guy who knows how to play hockey, those are the guys who helped me this year.
EB: Before the draft, did you read any of your scouting reports and draft previews, what did you think?
TK: Size and stuff like that, it doens't matter, it is about how much you want it. how big your heart is on the ice, how hard you go on the ice, doesn't matter how big and strong you are, as long as you play hockey and play it hard.
EB: Any highlights from last season that you hope to repeat and build upon?
TK: I had a game against the Plymouth Whalers, where I had a couple of end of end rushes, felt great on the ice. I felt like I
could skate through anyone on the ice. couple of nice goals, couple points, it was just a game I couldn't forget.
EB: When you have those games, you feel like you're taking the next step?
TK: When you have a good game, you feel good about yourself and confident. You want new challenges but you never want to get too highor too low.
EBF: any specific training, practice habits or superstitionyou like to do?
TK: before a game, I'll sit on one side of a guy if I had a good game. just getting ready, my stretching, if I stretch good, I'll have a pretty good game.
EB: Any other sports you play?
TK: Mainly hockey, 12-month a year game, summer isn't really time to cool down, have to get in better shape for next year.
EB: Who got you into hockey?
TK: I have an older brother Jordan, my dad built an outdoor rink, we were always competitive, always loved it. always something to look forward to the next day.
EB: What are your goals for this upcoming season?
TK: just be consistent, play hard all the time, have a better season and better team season. show we have a team that can compete against the best of them.
EB: When someone says Tyler Kennedy, what do you want them to say?
TK: great guy, very focused, a guy who comes to play every game
EB: What type of stick do you use?
TK: use one piece graphite
EB: Thoughts playing for Penguins and Mario Lemieux?
TK: pretty exciting, I watch a lot of tapes about him, really amazed of the goals he got. My friends say you playing beside him, I say no no not really, guess everyone is excited to see Lemieux.
EB: Anything Rico Fata said about city of Pittsburgh and fans?
TK: Rico said it is a great city, great place to go. that I'll really enjoy it there.
I want to thank Tyler Kennedy for taking the time out of his busy summer schedule to answer some questions and Gino Cavallo of the Soo Greyhounds for helping setup the interview.
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