Welcome to the Junior Hockey Network’s new feature ‘The Shift Q & A’ – hockey questions for hockey players. In each ‘The Shift Q & A’ feature, we take you through the mindset of today’s hockey player through a question-and-answer session, profiling players from the NHL all the way down to midget hockey players.
Our next featured player is Joey Miller of the 2014 – 2015 Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.
Current Team: Soo Thunderbirds
Height: 5’10 Weight: 195 lbs
Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Previous Team: Soo Thunderbirds
What is your pre-game routine? Usually I wake up on game day and have some breakfast and then I go for a 45 min walk. I come home after that and have some lunch around 12 and then around 1 I have my pre game nap. I usually sleep for about 2 hours , at 3 I wake up and have my pre game meal. Around 4:00 p.m – 4:30 p.m I head out to get my coffee at timmies, medium double double on game days. I then head to the rink and im always the first one there.
Most unusual thing you have in your hockey bag? Nothing unusual in my bag. Just my equipment and warm up gear.
What is the one piece of equipment you’re most picky about? Shin pads always have to be dry.
Favourite rink to play in? Defiantly Abitbi’s rink (Jus Jordon Arena, St. Iroquois Falls, ON)
Main thing you do on the bus rides to kill time? Sleep.
Favourite hockey phrase? You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
Gatorade or water? Gatorade.
You’re the last shooter to go in the shootout? Defiantly doing the triple deke. Ducks fly together.
Most embarrassing moment on the ice? When I was little my pants fell down while I was skating.
Tongue in or tongue out? Tongue in.
Black or white tape? Black tape for sure.
Favourite player growing up? Sidney Crosby.
Players you tried to model your game after? Milan Lucic , he’s big, physical and he scores goals.
Slapper or Snapper? Defiantly a clapper that goes bar down.
Celly of choice? Sweep the ice.
Superstitions? If we win I will wear the same dress shirt and suit to the next game.
Why did you chose to play for the Soo Thunderbirds? Playing for the birds is an honour. Playing jr hockey in your hometown is the best. Playing in front of your family and friends is just an honour.