Fifth year T-Bird Nolan Volcan sat down with us to answer a few questions. He talked about players he tries to emulate, improvements to his game, and taking on a leadership role on the team. In four seasons with the team he has played 263 games, scored 73 goals, and recorded 101 assists to total 174 points. Another interesting stat is that Volcan has had 7 game winning goals during his time with the T-Birds.
ST: How did you enjoy your offseason?
NV: It’s been good I’ve enjoyed the time off but I’m excited to get back and get the season underway.
ST: What changes have you made to your game coming into this season?
NV: I’ve been working on a lot of skill and edge work this summer, as well as trying to get faster and more powerful with my skating.
ST: As a veteran on this team what advice do you give the younger players?
NV: Just to remember junior goes by quick so enjoy it and also that doing a little extra work after practice or when you have free time in the gym pays off and you’ll notice it make a big difference as the season progresses.
ST: How do you feel about having a leadership role on the team?
NV: I’m excited about it. We’ve got a good chance this season to be a top team and it’s on all of the veterans shoulders to lead the way and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity.
ST: What team improvements would you like to see going into this season?
NV: Last year with our team being a little bit younger it was huge for us to make playoffs and get those guys some experience, now this season I’d say the bars raised and our teams mindset should be looking to try and capture another championship.
ST: After a 1st round playoff exit last season what did you take away from that playoff series?
NV: Its never fun losing out in the first round but I think our team did very well against Everett and we battled hard every game and everyone was on board. We learned from the mistakes we made in the series and well come back stronger this season.
ST: What NHL players (past or present) do you admire?
NV: Paul Byron , Connor Sheary and Yanni Gourde just to name a few. They’re all great players that work hard and are undersized but use their speed and skill to create chances and that’s the way I try to play.
ST: Do you enjoy playing your hometown team Edmonton during the season?
NV: It’s always fun playing my hometown team. Last year getting to play in Edmonton was great I had friends and family come out. It’s always a game I look forward to.
ST: Where would you like to see your hockey career at in five years?
NV: Hopefully in the NHL or AHL , going into my last season without having a pro contract yet I realize I have my work cut out for me. I had a good season last year and I’m looking to build off that I’m excited for the challenge and opportunity ahead and I still strongly believe I can achieve my goal.
ST: Going into your fifth season on the T-Birds what changes have you noticed since your rookie year?
NV: I know the team was just starting to take off my first year. Ever since I was 16 we had a winning culture. A lot of that credit goes to the coaching staff we had. Steve Konowalchuk, Matt O’Dette and Tyler Alos they led the way showing us what it took to win games and how to be a professional. Even last season when Steve and Tyler moved on and Matt took over I don’t think we skipped a beat. Matt and the rest of the coaching staff did a great job and for all the hard work they put in day in and day out I think Seattle is defiantly one of the top programs in the league.
ST: We look forward to seeing you back with the T-Birds once again, thanks for your time Nolan.
Seattle Thunderbirds Public & Media Relations Intern Alex Dupille conducted the Q&A with Nolan Volcan. The team will be posting Q&A’s during the off-season with returning T-Birds players.