Seattle Thunderbirds defenseman Shea Theodore has had a busy off-season. He was just selected 26th overall by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2013 NHL Draft after a successful 2012-13 season where had had 19 goals and 31 assists. He took some time away from his busy summer schedule to answer a few of our questions:
Seattle Thunderbirds: You’ve had a busy off-season so far! We have to get started by asking about the 2013 NHL Draft that took place on June 30th in New Jersey. What was going through your head while waiting to hear your name called?
Shea Theodore: It was pretty nerve-racking to be honest; the day seemed to go by very slowly leading up to the draft that started at 3pm. Once it got started it didn’t go by any faster. It was definitely a process, but it was fun to be with my family watching everything happen.
ST: You were selected 26th in the first round by the Anaheim Ducks. Tell us about that moment and what the experience was like?
Shea: It was definitely an amazing feeling to say the least. I had a really good meeting with Anaheim the day before, so I had a pretty good feeling as they were walking up to make the pick. As soon as I heard my named called I can’t even describe what was going through my head.
ST: We saw a photo gallery of you in the Ducks jersey after the Draft. What was it like to be the subject of an NHL photo shoot?
Shea: The photo shoot was another fun experience to take part in at draft. To be put in all the different positions for pictures was fun, all while I still couldn’t believe I was just drafted by the Ducks.
ST: Next you attended the Anaheim Development camp down in California. How did the level of play compare to the WHL? What was the experience like?
Shea: Going to my first development camp was very fun; to be surrounded by all the players and coaches at that level was special. The scrimmages were very high paced and easily comparable to the level of the WHL, especially being the youngest guy there, it made it that much harder, but it gave me a good idea of what the pro level looks like.
ST: Part of the draft process is the NHL Scouting Combine in Toronto. What was that experience like? Was there any one test that was harder than you thought it would be?
Shea: Going to the combine was very exhausting, but at the same time very fun. For me, the first 3 days were filled with a lot of interviews with teams, with the last day being the fitness testing. As for the testing, I knew the VO2 max was going to be the hardest one, but it was good to be able to push myself to my limit physically.
ST: Another highlight of the off-season had to be playing on the U18 Canadian national team at 2013 IIHF Under-18 World Championships and winning the gold medal. Tell us about that experience?
Shea: It was still hard to get over that rough playoff exit, but getting the call to go play for my country was very special. Being the underdogs of the tournament coming in, going undefeated and winning gold was an experience I’ll never forget.
ST: This isn’t your first gold medal, how did this win compare to the Ivan Hlinka tournament?
Shea: This gold medal felt just as good if not even better than the Ivan Hlinka. There were different highs and lows to each tournament but finishing with the same result was incredible.
ST: There are players from other WHL teams on the U18 Canadian team, what is it like to be teammates with guys you compete against in the WHL?
Shea: It was great to get to know some more guys from around the league, and being able to play on the same team instead of against them for once was a different feeling.
ST: This will be your third season coming up with the Thunderbirds, do you have any expectations, and what do you hope to accomplish?
Shea: My expectation remains the same as last year’s: to make the playoffs. Now that we have some playoff experience and a team that’s a year more experienced together, I want to make it further and surprise some teams with our style of play.
ST: You recorded 50 points last year during the regular season, are you hoping to increase that number this year?
Shea: Everyone’s personal goals are to improve upon the previous year, whether it was good or bad, so that’s just something that will be in the back of my mind going into next season.
ST: You’ve been playing a lot of hockey throughout the off-season. How has this affected your training regimen?
Shea: Being away and busy with hockey for most of the offseason has its pros and cons. I just have to make sure to stick with my trainer’s workout regimen as much as I can and that’s all I can really control.
ST: With your busy schedule, finding time to relax must be difficult. Does free time exist and if so, how do you like to spend it?
Shea: It is hard, but with the season coming up faster and faster it seems like I’m running out of time to do everything I had planned. I do however, like to spend time outside in the sun with some friends, and I also have a family camping trip for a few days in the middle of august.
ST: So all the boys are on Twitter. Which of your teammates would you recommend to T-Birds fans to follow?
Shea: Well, other than myself of course (@stheodore17), I’d have to say Taylor Green (@taygreener). He’s got some pretty good tweets.
ST: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. We look forward to seeing you at training camp!
Shea: No problem, thank you!
Seattle Thunderbirds Public & Media Relations Intern Elise Rooney conducted the Q&A with Shea Theodore. The team will be posting Q&A’s during the off-season with returning T-Birds players.