2003 - 2004
December 12, 2003
ECHL Game # 335
Home Game #14
Referee: Matt Bialota Linesmen: Brad Phillips, Time Steen
National Anthem: Sherri Vestal
Q&A WITH JAMIE HODSON
Q: What was the best experience that you had while in the NHL last season?
A: Just being able to back-up a game was very interesting. It was a couple of good breaks that allowed me to get up there (Toronto) for that week, so I made the most of my experience. Hopefully with hard work and determination I can be up there on another occasion.
Q: Explain the feeling of being on the NHL stage with one of the "original six" franchises.
A: Well, I was in Maple Leaf Garden for training camps, but I never got to play in Toronto. I did have one practice there, so that was pretty neat. Obviously though, with the Maple Leafs, you have such a great team with a great history and most important is the fan support. For me personally to be in that situation has been just a really great ride so far. The one game that I was the emergency backup for the Maple Leafs came against the Philadelphia Flyers, and that was a great experience for me.
Q: What technical aspects of your game have you tried to improve the most on during this season?
A: As long as everything, as far as heading to the next level, continues to develop for me then I am pleased. One aspect is my rebound control, getting ready for the next rebound, and also getting my feet quicker all the time for different situations. Another is reading the plays ahead of time, and all those things need to continue to improve all of the time. I don't need to change my game a whole lot, but just refine my skills and continue to improve it.
Q: This is the third time in your career that you have played for Rick Adduono. What has he taught you the most that you used while in the NHL and AHL?
A: He just loves to win, and as a player you really get that from him, and the winning becomes instilled in you. Obviously he hates losing, and that is a trait that any great coach possesses. Secondly, he is a very understanding coach. But it all comes back to being a coach that hates to lose, and it builds you up to play every night. Some nights you don't feel good enough to play, but he gets you prepared to win. Adduono is always very positive and understanding, and most important he has you ready to play every night.
Q: Being that you played in Greensboro once in your career, how does that help you out in being comfortable in your surroundings?
A: It obviously makes change a lot easier. I was happy to be down here again, the fans and the organization make it a great experience, while at the same time get playing time and the confidence back up. Coming here with Rick Adduono, and knowing a lot of the guys in the locker room, makes it an easy change and I am really excited about it.
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