Center Tyler Carpendale was selected by the T-Birds in the sixth round, 125th overall, in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. Tyler signed with the T-Birds last March and made his debut with the team against Portland on March 11, 2017. He appeared in two of the last four games for the T-Birds during the regular season. Prior to being signed with the team, this Powell River, BC product played with the Westshore Wolves in the VIJHL and racked up eight goals and eight assists for 16 points. Tyler took some time to speak with us about his time with the T-Birds so far and his goals going into next season.
Seattle Thunderbirds: Hey, Tyler! We appreciate you taking time out of your day to chat with us. How has your summer been?
Tyler Carpendale: Thanks for having me. My summer has been really well. I’m happy to be home and being able to see my family and friends. I have been in the gym most of my summer and spending time at the lakes.
ST: Throwback to when you officially signed with the T-Birds in March. How did it feel?
TC: It was the best feeling and something I won’t ever forget.
ST: What was it like to hit the ice for the very first time in a T-Birds uniform? Do you remember your first game?
TC: My first time I was pretty nervous, but as the game went on, I felt more comfortable. It was a dream come true.
ST: You were with the team through the run to the WHL Championship and the Memorial Cup. What was that experience like?
TC: It was an experience I will never forget!
ST: What did you learn being with the team on the playoff run?
TC: I learned about all the hard work it takes to achieve something so big.
ST: What has been the biggest challenge when it comes transitioning into the WHL?
TC: The biggest challenge for me is the speed of the game. The league is a lot faster than what I have ever played before.
ST: What has been your most memorable moment playing with the T-Birds so far?
TC: Being a part of the WHL Championship and going to the Memorial Cup!
ST: When you signed with the team and made the move to Seattle, was it anything like you had expected?
TC: Yes, it was everything I expected and more!
ST: Who or what got you into playing hockey?
TC: My cousin Brett got me into hockey by sending me some of his old hockey gear. Then after that, I just wanted to hit the ice.
ST: How can you best describe your style of play?
TC: I think I’m more of a two-way power forward.
ST: What are your big goals heading into this season?
TC: I want to work as hard as I can to contribute to the team.
ST: What type of training are you doing during the summer to help you prepare for the upcoming season?
TC: I workout at Factory Hockey with my trainer Joe Caldrone. He allows me to push myself and get better to achieve my goals.
ST: Tell the T-Bird fans one cool fact about yourself.
TC: My middle name is Fletch.
ST: Do you have any fun plans before you head back to Seattle?
TC: I’m just going to enjoy the rest of my time with family and friends.
ST: It was great getting to know you, Tyler. We wish you the best of luck next season and can’t wait to see you at Training Camp!
TC: Thanks for having me. See you soon!
Seattle Thunderbirds Public & Media Relations Intern Kylie Magar conducted the Q&A with Tyler Carpendale. The team will be posting Q&A’s during the off-season with returning T-Birds players.