T-Birds Center Tyler Alos is preparing to start his fourth season with the Seattle Thunderbirds. Last season, Tyler played in 59 games and racked up 3 goals and 14 assists for 17 points. Tyler took the time away from his summer schedule to sit down with the Thunderbirds and answer a few questions.
Seattle Thunderbirds: First off, thanks for joining us. You were with us at the Kent Relay for Life. Tell us about that experience and what it was like?
TA: The Relay for Life really was an awesome thing to be a part of. It was an honor and privilege to be around such courageous people and raise some money for them as well! It was a lot of fun and I look forward to doing it again.
ST: At Relay for Life you had people donating money for every lap you could do in an hour. How many laps did you manage to run in that hour?
TA: Coach Rumble and I figured 20 laps would be good to aim for before the event started. But I actually managed to run 30 laps around the track in an hour. So 7.5 miles, which I was very pleased with as it really helped raise a few more bucks to my total which was just under $2,000 which was awesome! Thanks to everyone who helped. It meant a lot
ST: At Relay for Life you were recognized for being one of the top individual fundraisers. How much did you manage to raise for Relay for Life?
TA: Well I had a lot of support from family and friends over here in Spokane as well as my Thunderbird family. A lot of players and their families from the team helped me out as well as fans, which was wonderful to see. I also used Twitter/Facebook to kind of spread the word which helped also.
ST: At Relay it looked like you had bulked up a bit. Are you doing any special off-season work-outs and conditioning? What’s your training program?
TA: I have put on quite a bit of good healthy weight. Nothing special just following the program that our coaching staff gave us (plus a few of my own workouts) and diet is a huge part. I’m eating a lot more healthy food and a lot more often. 6 meals a day and that goes a long way with the program.
ST: Last season you were injured and missed the last 13 games of the season. What was that like not being able to play as the team fought for a playoff spot?
TA: It was miserable. Not being able to contribute or help the team at all isn’t a fun feeling for me. Especially that time of year. If it had been any other injury everyone who knows me, knows I would have been playing. But with concussions you have to be careful. And the staff in Seattle took great care of me.
ST: What are some of your individual and team goals for the coming season?
TA: Individually just keep improving and look to put up more points than my previous two years while still being very responsible defensively. Team wise, is to become a much better TEAM. With that will come wins and success and the end result will be playoffs which is ultimately the team goal.
ST: What do you see your role being on the team this coming season?
TA: I think I’ll be a shutdown guy who will chip in a lot more offensively. Be very strong on the P-K and a hard working physical pace setter. I think I’ll have a large leadership role, more so than last year. I think I play the game the right way and put the work in on and off the ice which can be beneficial for younger guys to catch on to as well as older guys, it’s contagious.
ST: What are your summer plans? Are you going on any vacations?
TA: No vacations for me. Just working the hockey school here in Spokane that I do every summer and training and eating and training some more! Nothing exciting.
ST: What were you thoughts on the Los Angeles Kings winning the Stanley Cup? Pretty amazing to see a #8 seed go all the way.
TA: Yeah I think it’s great. Bring some notoriety back to American hockey. Just goes to show what a good TEAM can accomplish. They weren’t the best on paper but they came together and played and won as a team. Which I think is a good mold for us to look up to.
ST: Now for something a bit different. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when I say the following five things?
Cubicle – TA: Triangle
Climate – TA: Weather
Fork – TA: Spoon
Flow– TA: Doty
Nightmare – TA: Spider cave from Harry Potter
ST: Thanks for your time and we look forward to seeing you at training camp?
TA: My pleasure. See everyone soon!
Seattle Thunderbirds Public & Media Relations Intern Matt Freeman conducted the Q&A with Tyler Alos. The team will be posting Q&A’s during the off-season with returning T-Birds players.