Ethan Bear Off-Season Q&A

Seattle Thunderbirds defenseman Ethan Bear will be entering his first season with the team in 2013-14. He appeared in one game during the 2012-13 season.  Bear took time away from his summer to sit down with the Thunderbirds and answer some questions about the coming season.

Seattle Thunderbirds: How has your summer been so far?

Ethan Bear:  My summer has been going well. I have been training on and off the ice, and hanging out at the lake with family enjoying some time off before the seasons starts.

ST: You played your first WHL game on March 15 against the Winterhawks. What was that like?

EB:  It was amazing and fun; especially to play Portland in front of 10,000 fans was a great experience for me.  I was very nervous and anxious to see where I was at, and wasn’t too sure if I was going to do well or not.

ST: You were with the team during the first round of the playoffs against Kelowna. What was that experience like?

EB:  Being with the team for the first couple playoff games was very exciting. It gave me a chance to see the way players prepared for the game and how the atmosphere of the game was more intense then a regular league game.

ST: How will the experience of already making your WHL debut and being with the team for the playoffs last year help you in the 2013-14 season?

EB:  It showed me how serious I must be and how hard I have to work to make the team.  It also showed how dedicated a player I have to be and make sure my body is 100 percent and be ready to go at all times.

ST: For those T-Birds fans that have not seen you play before, how would you describe your style of play? Are you more of a stay-at-home defenseman? Or do you like to jump up into the play?

EB:  I think of myself as a stay at home defenseman.  I may sometimes jump up in the play, but not too often. It all depends on how the game is going.

ST: Have you been doing any summer training? If so what does that consist of? How often are you on the ice?

EB:  Yes I have been doing all types of training, mostly working on strength.  I have been on the ice mostly 4-5 times a week in the past 4 weeks and will continue that trend until I head to camp.

ST: How do you think your season went last year with the Yorkton Harvest?

EB:  I thought I did really well and accomplished the goals I made for myself at the start of the season. My coach had a big part in my development, and I’m just hoping what I learned will help this season.

ST: You played in and were selected as an All-Star in the Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup in early November last year. What was the tournament like for you? Did it give you confidence that you can play at the WHL level?

EB:  The tournament gave me the opportunity to play against some of the best 97 born players.  It was fun because there were a lot of my friends at the tournament.  I really enjoyed it and would do it all over again if I could.  The tournament gave me confidence and a way of measurement that I can play in the WHL because every player there was the same age as me and the some of the best from their provinces.

ST: What are your goals as you enter your first season with the T-Birds?

EB:  My main focus is on earning my spot on the team first. Then from there gradually move up and improve my game throughout the year. So then I can have confidence going to my NHL draft year.

ST:  What have you been doing in your free time this summer?

EB:  I have been spending time at the lake, either fishing or just hanging out, with friends and family enjoying it before the season starts.

ST:  Thanks for taking the time and we will see you at training camp!

EB:  No problem.  Thank you.

Seattle Thunderbirds Public & Media Relations Interns Elise Rooney, Dan Brown and Erin Saunders conducted the Q & A with Ethan.  The team will be posting Q&A’s during the off-season with returning T-Birds players.


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