photo by Dan Janisse, The Windsor Star
On day one of Rookie Camp, the guys went through various drills and then off-ice weight training. After all that work, I got a chance to speak with goaltender Philipp Grubauer for a few minutes about his upcoming OHL season.
Rink Rebel: Are you looking forward to your season with Kingston?
Philipp Grubauer: Oh yeah, I'm looking forward to it, I think we have a good team, and we should be going back to the championship with this team. Everybody has to do their job, and I'm looking forward to this year.
RR: And you'll also be in the WJC with Germany, are you looking forward to that as well?
PG: Yeah, I think we have a pretty good team as well there... So we should stay in the group [Germany is in Group A with USA] and our goal is getting a medal this year.
RR: During your playoff series with Barrie, you got run over by Darren Archibald. When you got up you had sort of a smile on your face, so what were you thinking?
PG: Yeah I mean I kind of knew it was coming to that point, we won that game 6-2 and there was only one minute left so they tried to do everything to disturb me. It was kind of funny to me because I knew it was coming.
RR: You had a shutout against your former team Belleville just a couple days ago, how was that feeling?
PG: It was an awesome feeling to get that shutout, because you're getting back to the old building, playing against your friends, and it was just an amazing feeling to show them that we can do it in Kingston too.
RR: Goalies are kind of known for their weird little quirks, I don't know if you've watched Braden Holtby prepare his crease, but do you have any quirky little things that you tend to do?
PG: I think I have my own game routine, every player has, but I don't do anything special. Just a nap before the game, I always eat pasta, but that's pretty much all I do.
I should have more exciting interviews after the rookie game on Thursday. Dustin Stevenson interview is coming up next.