Here at Days of Y'Orr HQ, we know we're known for silly Photoshops, chopbusting remarks, and our love for Johnny Boychuk and Shawn Thornton. But we decided to throw everyone for a loop with this post.
Like many Bruins fans, we are stoked for the Bruins vs. Belfast Giants Select game this Saturday. Not only are we hockey fans, but the DOY staff has pretty strong Irish roots as well. The idea of both worlds colliding is enough to make us jig and reel, and speak with a brogue, all the while pronouncing names like Krecji and Lucic with a Guinness in hand.
Two players selected to the Belfast Giants Select squad were born and raised in Massachusetts -- centerman Josh Prudden (Andover, MA) and defensemen Mike Hoffman (Scituate, MA). Josh was kind enough to take a few minutes between practices, games and classes (he's working to get his MBA) to answer a few of our questions. Josh is in his first year with the Belfast Giants, has played in the AHL for several years and even made it to a Bruins training camp in 2003. Josh is currently is the team's point leader with five points. Below is our Q/A:
DOY: How's the season going so far for the Belfast Giants? Looks like the team is doing pretty well so far.
The season has been going pretty good for us so far this season. We just moved into first place this past weekend, and think we should have a strong team to compete with anyone in the league.
DOY: How excited were you to find out you got picked to be part of the Belfast Giants Select squad?
I was obviously very excited when I recieved the news about being selected to play against the Bruins. It is defintely special for a local player to be able to play against his hometown team. When my coach delivered the news it was hard for me to contain the excitement; felt like a little kid, haha. I'm sure I was glowing. And my coach has made numerous comments to that regard since then. It was something I had been hoping for since getting here. I feel honored to have been chosen, especially with some of the other top players in the league.
DOY: Did you have any idea that you were going to get pick?
I'm not sure that I had a feeling either way, but after having a strong start to the season (I was named Player of the Week for first week of season) I felt like I had a decent chance of getting picked. And, of course it doesnt hurt when your team is hosting the event, haha.
DOY: You must be pretty excited to go up against your favorite boyhood team. How much does it mean to you to play against the Bruins and to be part of this event? Do you have any extra motivation going against the Bruins and "proving" yourself?
I'm not sure about extra motivation, but it definitely means alot to be playing in the game. I know there is a buzz around the city, with billboards and posters everywhere we go. I have recieved alot of emails from friends and family back home telling me they will be watching, so I certainly want to do my best. And I'm sure at least part of the excitement comes from an aspect of proving we can play at a high level, and that is certainly what this will be.
There is going to be alot of media and fan attention surrounding the game, which will be pretty cool, but I also need to make sure I am ready to play a hockey game.
After the jump, the rest of our interview with Josh...