Connor Honey played 57 games in his second season with the T-Birds last year. He scored 16 goals and had 38 assists for 54 points on the season. After a strong 2012-13 season, Honey is looking forward to the upcoming season with a talent filled T-Bird team. Taking a break from his off-season prep, Honey answered a few questions for us:
Seattle Thunderbirds: Making it to the 1st round of playoffs last year was a notable accomplishment. How has last year’s success motivated you for the upcoming season?
Connor Honey: It was an awesome feeling playing so well against a great team like Kelowna in the first round. At the same time, it was definitely disappointing to lose in overtime in Game 7. It was an awful feeling knowing that your season is over and that stuck with us. We learned a lot from the experience, and hopefully it translates into further success this upcoming season.
ST: Last season you, Roberts Lipsbergs and Alexander Delnov were a pretty dynamic line. What do you attribute this too?
CH: I think we found chemistry early on in the year and we took off from there. Lippy can really finish around the net, and when you combine that with Delnov’s skill and my forecheck and vision in the offensive zone, we can create a lot.
ST: Was the chemistry you three developed pretty instant? Or did it develop slowly?
CH: Once we were put together 10 games into the season, we meshed pretty quickly for sure.
ST: You seem to have especially good games when playing against Everett and Portland? Does the rivalry impact your performance?
CH: Mentality wise, I am always trying to give it my all each and every game. However, those big games are always fun to play in, and the atmosphere really helps me bring out my best.
ST: What is your summer workout schedule like?
CH: I have been working out five or six days a week with Branden Troock at Body by Bennett here in Edmonton. Yoga has been a big part of my off season as well; I’m trying to increase flexibility and prevent future injuries. I have also been on the ice three times a week with a power skating coach.
ST: Are there any specific areas of your game that you are focusing on this off season?
CH: Yes, there are a lot of areas of my game that need to improve, but I am really focused on getting quicker. With my style of play, I need this in order to win more races to the puck, be really dangerous on the forecheck and create space for my line mates. With that being said, I’m also trying to put on mass so I can be more explosive and powerful in all aspects of the game.
ST: What are you most looking forward to in this upcoming season?
CH: I’m really looking forward to getting better as a team and being ready for the playoffs. Our 7 game series last season was one of the most fun experiences I have been a part of in my hockey career. The atmosphere in ShoWare Center was unbelievable.
ST: Who’s the biggest Colorado beauty, Seth Swenson, Griffin Foulk or Danny Mumaugh?
CH: Three great guys- I love them! If I had to pick one, I would have to go with Swenny Bee.
ST: If you could pick one song to be your theme song, what would it be?
CH: Lately I have been listening to “Don’t Wake Me Up” by Avicii pretty much on repeat, it always gets me going.
ST: Did you follow the Stanley Cup Final? What did you think of the Boston vs. Chicago series?
CH: It definitely was a great match-up. I was happy to see the Blackhawks win and Patty Kane take down the Conn Smythe.
ST: That’s all we’ve got for you, thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. We look forward to seeing you at training camp and for another exciting T-Birds season!
CH: Thanks very much, I can’t wait for camp and to get the season going!
Seattle Thunderbirds Public & Media Relations Intern Elise Rooney conducted the Q&A with Connor Honey. The team will be posting Q&A’s during the off-season with returning T-Birds players.