Media Assistant Erica Hachey recently sat down with the newest Silvertip forward, Ryan Harrison, who was acquired earlier in the week from the Medicine Hat Tigers. Let’s hear about Ryan’s background and some of his favorite activities away from the rink!
Name: Ryan Harrison
Hometown: Kelowna, BC
Erica Hachey: So you must have really enjoyed growing up in Kelowna.
Ryan Harrison: I love it there. Summers are the best because it’s really hot and there are really nice beaches to go and relax at.
EH: How did you get started playing hockey and how old were you?
RH: I was 5 and I started skating at an outdoor rink about 45 min away from Kelowna where I grew up.
EH: What’s your favorite NHL team, and who’s your favorite player?
RH: My favorite team is the Vancouver Canucks and my favorite player is Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets
EH: How would you describe yourself as a player?
RH: I would say I’m a hardworking, fast, skilled guy. I try to be an all-around player that will do anything it takes to win.
EH: What has your first day here been like?
RH: It’s been good. I woke up and its different driving to the rink here, in Medicine Hat you just pass a bunch of houses on your way and here you have to go on the highway and come downtown so it’s cool. First practice was fast and hard and it been great. Now some of the guys on the team and I are going to go grab a bite to eat and go to a movie.
EH: How does it feel coming to the Western Conference after spending two and a half year in the east?
RH: It feels good, we don’t get to go back to Kelowna and play in my home town, but it’s a bit closer to home. My parents are only about five hours away now and we get to go play in Kamloops which is fairly close as well. Besides that playing all of the American teams and seeing all the nice rinks is really exciting.
EH: What do you know about the Everett Silvertips?
RH: I know that their fans are crazy and really loud. So it sounds like a good rink to play in. My buddy Kyle Beach used to play here and I remember him coming to Kelowna from Everett and telling us that they were a really good team and had an excellent program.
EH: What is your favorite hockey moment?
RH: In major midget we were the underdogs in the league one year and we ended playing in the provincial final and came in second. It was an awesome experience though because we were able to play at home in front our fans because we hosted the series.
EH: What is your most embarrassing hockey moment?
RH: When I was 17 I was going wide at the top of the circle, trying to beat the defensemen, I think he tripped me and I went full speed with my legs out flying into the boards. I got up and tried to skate to the bench, but I just kept falling and I thought either I have a broken leg or something else is wrong and I looked down and both of my skate blades were broken.
EH: What are some of your hobbies/interests outside of hockey?
RH: I like to relax and play poker, go to movies and workout as much as I can. Then in the summer I like to play baseball with my friends.
EH: Well it’s been great getting to know you! Welcome to the Everett Silvertips!
RH: Thanks! I’m looking forward to it.