Tyler Carpendale played 19 games in his rookie season last year before suffering a shoulder injury. Carpendale had three goals and two assists for five points in those 19 games. He was a 6th round selection in the 2015 bantam draft by the T-Birds. A native of Powell River, British Colombia, he took some time to join us for a conversation about his off-season and the coming season.
Seattle Thunderbirds: Thanks for joining us Tyler. First off, how’s your summer been?
Tyler Carpendale: Hello, I have spent my summer in Powell River and Victoria. It has been nice to be home and to spend time with my family and friends.
ST: How excited are you to begin your second season with the T-Birds?
TC: I am really excited to be back and playing again.
ST: A shoulder injury cost you most of the season. How difficult was it to have that happen and to only be able to watch games?
TC: Yeah, it was frustrating to have that happen and to have to watch from the stands.
ST: What have you been doing to rehab from the injury and to prepare for the coming season?
TC: I have been spending most of my time at physio, then when my shoulder became stronger I started to spend more time at the gym.
ST: Given the injury, do you come into this season with something to prove or a chip on your shoulder? (no pun intended)
TC: No, I plan to come back and stick to my role in the team.
ST: Watching games instead of playing games is obviously not what you wanted. But from watching games last season how do you feel the team performed and what do you think were the biggest improvement as the season went along?
TC: I think we performed well with what we had, and we became closer as a team.
ST: Your home town of Powell River prides itself on producing a lot of hockey talent. Was there anyone you looked up to growing up there? Possibly Brad Bombardir who had a six-year NHL career?
TC: No, there wasn’t anyone I looked up to from Powell River.
ST: What are your expectations for you and the team this coming season?
TC: I plan to contribute to the team and be as successful as we can.
ST: You were with the team when we won the WHL Championship and went to the Memorial Cup. What was that experience like and what can you take from it now entering this season?
TC: The experience was unreal and something I will never forget. I was very lucky to be a part of it. It showed me that with hard work and determination you can achieve a lot.
ST: What other interests do you have outside of hockey?
TC: I enjoy fishing and hanging out with my family and friends.
ST: If you had to choose another profession outside of hockey, what would it be? (it must be said, Carpendale Carpentry has a nice ring to it)
TC: Haha no, I have had a few ideas, but nothing has really stuck yet.
ST: That’s all the time we have for today. Thanks for chatting with us Tyler!
TC: Thank you for having me!
Seattle Thunderbirds Public and Media Relations Intern Cody Levy conducted the Q&A with Tyler Carpendale. The team will be posting Q&A’s during the offseason with returning T-Birds players.