Loving hockey is a beautiful thing; for some of us that love never amounts to more than ones ability to be the ultimate fan. For a select few, the love of the game skates glove and glove with talent. That talent is a necessary component in bringing new players to the ice every season, at varying levels.
One talent to look out for now and in the coming years, Massachusetts native Paul Carey (@PaulCarey28). After a successful collegiate career that included two national titles with Boston College, Carey signed a two-year entry level contract with the Avalanche in April. Currently showcasing his skills with Colorado’s AHL affiliate Lake Erie Monsters, Carey was kind enough to answer a few questions for Inside Hockey.
Inside Hockey: Who has been the most influential person in your life, hockey wise?
Paul Carey: There are so many people that have influenced me throughout my career, but Coach Jerry York has taught me so much about life on the ice and off the ice.
Inside Hockey: How has the transition from college to pro hockey been treating you?
PC: The transition has treated me well. It seems like everyone is bigger and stronger in the AHL in comparison to college, but I have been able to use my speed to create plays and help out defensively. The lifestyle is different too because of all the free time I have now.
Inside Hockey : What’s a typical game day like?
PC: My day starts out with a breakfast sandwich and coffee from Starbucks then it’s off to the rink for a pre-game skate. I usually grab a big meal with my roommates, which is usually pasta and chicken. After filling up on food I play some Call of Duty and nap until it’s time to throw the suit on and head to the rink again.
Inside Hockey: Playing with Lake Erie, you have an extensive travel schedule. What’s the best city/arena that you’ve played in?
PC: The best city we’ve played in this year is Austin because of the weather and the nicest arena we’ve played in is Houston.
Inside Hockey: It’s still early in the season, but what’s your most memorable moment so far?
PC: It has got to be my first professional goal.
Inside Hockey: You had a successful run with Boston College, capturing two national titles. What player(s) should Eagles fans watch out for this season?
PC: There are so many good players to watch out for but I’ve got to say my old lineys Pat Mullane and Johnny Gaudreau.
Inside Hockey: Lastly, you can only listen to one song on repeat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
PC: That’s easy, Juicy by the Notorious BIG
For more information on Paul or his teammates, check out the Lake Erie website!