by Daniel Nugent-Bowman
Every day during the 2008 TELUS Cup, hockeycanada.ca will sit down with the captain of one of the six teams competing for Canada’s National Midget Championship.
Today, we sit down with Winnipeg Thrashers captain Mathew Bodie.
What does it mean to be the captain of a team at the National Midget Championship?
It’s really more just being here – we have a great group of guys this year. Our ultimate goal at the beginning of the year was to win the TELUS Cup and now we have a chance to finish that goal.
What are the strengths and weaknesses of your team?
Our biggest strength is team defence and goaltending. We have great goaltending; they keep us in every game. I think one of the weaknesses we have is that sometimes it takes us a little while to wake up. We can start games really slowly – sometimes it takes the other team to get a goal before we wake up.
What was the defining moment for your team so far this season?
At the West Regional, we lost our first game of the year to Notre Dame (5-1 in the round robin, but we were able to come out the next day and win in double overtime. That was pretty sweet.
What is your team’s style of play?
We’re kind of a lunchbox team. We don’t really have any superstars, but everyone works really hard every day and everyone comes to the rink expecting to play as best as possible. Everyone just works hard, that’s how we have our success.
As captain, what do you try to bring to the ice every game?
Work ethic and playing every shift like it’s your last, because you never know, it might be. I want to set an example out there so that everyone knows that you’ve got to be working hard if you want to be successful.
Where do you get your leadership skills from?
Probably my parents; that’s who I look up to. I like to think that they’ve raised me right so I guess that is where I get it from.
What NHL player do you look up to and why?
I really like Scott Niedermayer. He’s a good player at both ends of the ice and he’s won every championship that you could want to win.
What is your best asset as a player?
My ability to see the ice – I’m not the most physical guy out there, but I can make that first pass out of my own end.
What is your favourite minor hockey memory?
I would have to say the West Regional that we won this year. A lot of people counted us out, but we knew we could do it.
What would winning the TELUS Cup mean to you?
Everyone dreams of winning a national championship. It’s a great opportunity for everyone in the tournament. There are probably a lot of scouts that will be there, but we’re just hoping to win the national championship, we’re not thinking of the future.
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