Luke Ormsby played 65 games this season with the T-Birds in the regular season, he put up six goals and five assists giving him 11 points. He played 13 games during the playoffs on the run to the WHL Championship and had an assist. Luke sat down with us and answered a couple questions about his summer, his hopes for this season and what he’s most looking forward to.
Seattle Thunderbirds: Thank you for joining us Luke! How’s your summer so far?
Luke Ormsby: Summer has been great. It is always great to catch up with family, friends and my trainers. I’m focusing on strength training as well as technical skating.
ST: What was it like scoring your first goal against Portland in the first game of the 2016-17 season?
LO: Honestly that was a dream come true. Scoring my first goal, during the first game of the season for my home team against our greatest rival was truly unbelievable.
ST: What are some of the difference from playing in the playoffs to playing in the Memorial Cup?
LO: Many differences. The playoff structure is different and of course you’re playing against teams that you’re not familiar with. It was a new experience for us as a team and organization. It’s something we can really build off of.
ST: How did you feel to help bring the WHL Championship home to Seattle?
LO: I’m really proud of what our team accomplished. We came up short the year before, battled through a long season filled with guys being out of the lineup, and played tough teams in a difficult playoff season just to get the chance to win the cup. Then we played a really tough Regina team to win it all. To do all of that to win the first cup for Seattle, to have all of the hard work pay off, is a feeling I can’t describe. I’ll never forget it.
ST: What are some advantages to being the “hometown” player, being from Monroe and playing in Seattle? Compared to guys who are hundreds of miles from home.
LO: I think it really helps to understand area, fans and the pride that they have. I feel like I’m one of them (the fans) riding the highs and lows with them. I want to win not just because I’m on the team with great teammates, but also for the fans who are family, friends and local people who share the pride we have from being from the Northwest. I feel like we are all in this together.
ST: After playing 65 games in the regular season what are you working on most during this offseason?
LO: Strength and skating primarily. I’m also working on some of the technical aspects of the game that will help me to be a more mature hockey player. I’m planning on a big year so it’s important to put the work in to be ready to go.
ST: Is there anything you’re hoping to improve on this summer through training?
LO: Yes. I’m always looking to improve my skating and to learn some of the finer points that will help me be more effective. I have some great trainers who I’ve relied on to help me.
ST: Is there something you do before every game to prepare yourself?
LO: I have a routine for sure. Most important is to be ready mentally. I think it’s important to have a consistent routine that will help get you focused and mentally ready to go.
ST: This year’s team is losing some key players from last year’s Championship team. What do you see your role being coming into the 2017-18 season?
LO: Although I will miss the guys we are losing it does create opportunities for guys like me to step up. I’m preparing to play a significant role so that I can do what I need to do to help our team win.
ST: What are you looking forward to the most this season?
LO: I’m looking forward to doing what we can to defend our championship. I look forward to getting back with my teammates to tackle this big challenge. We have a great core of players and I can’t wait to get back at it.
ST: Tell us one song that really gets you focused to play and gets you game ready?
LO: There really isn’t one song that gets me focused to play. Pretty much whatever plays in the locker room will get me ready to go.
ST: Besides preparing for this upcoming season what are you up to this summer?
LO: It’s been busy. Besides training I’ve spent some time with family and friends. I’m taking my first college level class and I’ve spent small amount of time learning how to fly.
ST: Well that is all the time we have, Thanks so much Luke for joining us and answering some questions
LO: Thank you. I’m really looking forward to the upcoming season and seeing my teammates and the fans again in Seattle.
Seattle Thunderbirds Media & Public Relations Intern Malea Baumgartner conducted Q&A interview with Luke Ormsby. The team will be posting Q&A’s during the off-season with returning T-Birds players.