Q: When you first committed to Lowell, did you expect all these accomplishments to come so quickly in your career?
A: I committed pretty young -- I think I was 16 -- and that year they were really good. After that they had a couple of tough years. Obviously, the year before I came to the school, they only had five wins. With the coaching change, because I was originally with Blaise MacDonald, I didn't really know what to expect. You kind of get stumped and you're kind of like, 'I don't even know who the coach is, do I get out of this?' You don't really know what to do. Once Norm [Bazin] sat down with me and my family, I knew that it was still my choice to go to Lowell with a great coach like that. I believed in our coach, I know all the guys believed in our coach and I think that's the reason we're here today.
Q: With this being the program's first Frozen Four, how special is it for you to be a part of that?
A: It's obviously great. Winning the Hockey East championship for the first time, too, that was unbelievable. Last year, coming into the regional, we beat Miami in a tight game in overtime, but I think the guys last year -- and me, too -- were a little star-struck being on a stage like that where we'd never been before. I think this year, being here has been a little more comforting knowing that we've been in this spot before.
QBeing from Ontario, how'd you end up in Lowell, Mass.?
AI was playing midget hockey and I remember our team took a trip to Clarkson and, after going there, I knew I wanted to play college hockey. Once I played junior hockey, my coach Greg Walters was really good at talking to teams for me. Once I talked to Lowell and the coaching staff, I definitely just wanted to get my education there.
Q: As a Penguins draftee, what's it going to be like playing at Consol?
A: Definitely you think about it. Being in Manchester two weekends ago, that was a big steppingstone playing in front of great crowds. Obviously, there's going to be an amazing crowd here, too, and the guys are going to get a little boost from that. Playing in Pittsburgh, it means a lot to me personally. To bring all these guys and share the Consol and just Pittsburgh in general has been a great honor.
Q: Have you gotten the chance to sightsee around Pittsburgh?
A: Coming through the tunnel and seeing the city, all of the guys were like, 'Wow, what a great city.' You see Heinz Field coming in. But we haven't done much. We went downtown to eat last night, which was nice, but I haven't really been out.frozenfour