What can you tell us about rookie goaltender Josh Johnson?
He played at Minnesota-Duluth. Last year, he had a breakout season in college. I think he’s a late bloomer; it took a little time for him to get an opportunity there playing behind a solid goaltender for a couple of years. Last year was his turn, and he was fabulous down the stretch. He has the potential to be a great goaltender in this league, or above. He’s certainly going to get an opportunity here.
What about the other newly-signed rookie, Matt Scherer?
Matt Scherer was the captain at the University of Connecticut. He’s an up and down winger; a physical guy that works extremely hard and is in great shape. Just a tremendous leader from what I understand, and a real quality kid from my dealings with him. Not a fancy guy, but who certainly can contribute offensively. He’s a got a tremendous shot; a great trigger. I’ll probably play him with a couple skilled guys that can get him the puck. He’s certainly going to be able to work the corners and get the puck to the skilled guys. I think he’s a guy that can do real well at this level.
You previously mentioned that you don’t follow any routines, but what do you think about traditions or superstitions in general?
To each his own. Whatever gets you ready to play. I think when it starts getting in your head and becoming a problem…it’s something you’ve got to rethink. But whatever gets you ready to play mentally. That’s a huge part of the game. Whatever helps, I’m all for it.
Each week the Stingrays’ website runs a “Where Are They Now?” profile on a former player. What ex-Stingrays do you keep in touch with?
Quite a few. Some of the guys I played with for a long time, like Brett Marietti and Rob Concannon, are here. Dan Fournel is a very good friend of mine; he lives up in Columbia. But I keep in contact with a lot of guys. Chris Wheaton is a guy I talk to through e-mail. There are a lot of guys who I am friends with who are still here. Ed Courtenay, I see him all the time; our boys play ball together.
Lastly, have you purchased a whistle and clip board yet?
(Laughing) I’ve had a whistle, so I’m keeping the same one. No need for a clipboard.
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