Left wing Nolan Volcan was selected by the T-Birds in the second round, 27th overall, in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. He is now one of the veterans on the squad and is approaching his fourth season with the organization. This Edmonton, AB native appeared in 64 games during the regular season and scored 16 goals and 28 assists for 44 points with 71 penalty minutes. He played in all 20 playoff games during the team’s WHL Championship run and had five goals and two assists for seven points with 14 penalty minutes. Nolan took a few minutes out of his day to chat with us about this past season, his summer and goals for next season.
Seattle Thunderbirds: Hey, Nolan! We are so glad you could join us. How has your summer been?
Nolan Volcan: It’s been good so far just hanging out with family and friends.
ST: How does it feel to say you are a 2017 WHL Champion Seattle Thunderbird?
NV: It’s a dream come true. Every hockey player’s goal is to win a championship and to do it with such a great group of guys makes it just that much better.
ST: Flashback to Game 6 of the WHL championship series and True’s game-winning goal in overtime. What was your reaction to the goal and how fast do you think you got on the ice to celebrate?
NV: I barely even remember to be honest. It was all just a blur. It was a moment I’ll never forget.
ST: Describe the atmosphere at the Brandt Center in Regina when Game 6 was sent to overtime. What was going through your head at the start of overtime?
NV: Not much honestly. I knew everyone on the bench felt confident and just went out there and played the same way I did in the first three periods of that game and the whole series.
ST: How was the overall experience at the Memorial Cup? What can you learn from that experience?
NV: It was great and a once in a lifetime experience. I think we just learned as a group that we always need to find another gear as we keep moving on in the postseason.
ST: What are some big lessons you can take away from the playoffs that you can use to help you improve this season?
NV: I think just making sure we’re ready to play every game and not to take any game night off.
ST: How was your overall experience at the Prospect Development Camp with the Pittsburgh Penguins this summer?
NV: It was great. It was more of a learning experience than anything. I really enjoyed my time there and I’m excited to go back in September.
ST: Did you see former T-Birds Player Personnel Director Colin Alexander at the Camp?
NV: I did not, unfortunately. He wasn’t at the camp.
ST: When you were drafted by the T-Birds in 2013, how did it feel knowing you would be playing for the same organization your dad once played for?
NV: It was exciting for my whole family and I remember counting down the days until rookie camp.
ST: What is your biggest individual goal going into next season? What about team goal?
NV: I think just elevating my game and having a more offensive role. The goal is the same every year and that’s to win another championship.
ST: What have you been working on in the offseason to best prepare for this season?
NV: Just my cardio and strength. I need to make sure I’m strong and prepared to have the best chance to be able to play a full season.
ST: How is your mindset going into this season different from last year?
NV: The expectations are higher now for the organization since we’ve won a championship and we won’t let our foot off the gas.
ST: Are you doing anything fun this summer before you head back to Seattle for Training Camp?
NV: Yes, some of the guys and I are heading down to Ethan Bear’s reservation for a hockey camp with some kids there and I’m really looking forward to that.
ST: Thank you very much for time Nolan. We can’t wait to see you at Training Camp.
NV: Thank you.
Seattle Thunderbirds Public & Media Relations Intern Kylie Magar conducted the Q&A with Nolan Volcan. The team will be posting Q&A’s during the off-season with returning T-Birds players.