Q Your coach, Jerry York, took a 14-hour train ride from Boston to see you at this ceremony. What did that mean to you?
A Things like this, they don't surprise me. He does these little things all the time, and it doesn't surprise me at all. He's such a great guy, on and off the ice. I was surprised when I heard the news, but, at the same time, I kind of figured he would do it. I'm truly honored to get to play for him, and my two years with him have been really special.
Q Being a sophomore, did you imagine all these accolades would come your way so quickly?
A It's something I didn't expect ever to get a chance to do. But, like I said, Coach has put me in so many positions to get myself here and put me between guys that are playing in the NHL and AHL right now. Those are probably the reasons I've gotten here and done so well in my two years. I'm just extremely thankful he brought me in. I don't think I would have had the two seasons I had without coach York and the teammates I've had.
Q When coach York had to wear an eye patch on the sideline after a surgery, did you all give him a hard time?
A No, no. We didn't mess with coach York. He joked around with himself, but we let him go.
Q Your brother is going to be playing with you at Boston College next year. What kind of an impact do you think that will have?
A He's always thought highly of me, and I'm extremely happy that I'll be able to have my brother so close to me. I know practices won't be as close, since we get extremely competitive at home, whether it's cards or whatever. On the ice, it will be fun.
Q As a Calgary Flames draft pick, is the allure of potentially going pro always in the back of your mind?
A Playing at BC, it's something special, but it's always in the back of your head thinking about one day playing in the NHL and playing against your favorite team and stuff like that. It's in all of our heads, and we always think about it and, hopefully, we get the chance to make our dreams come true.