August 29, 1998
This week’s edition of A&W Restaurants 5 Questions With features Josh Anderson, a defenceman selected third overall by the Cougars in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. Since then he’s been drafted in the NHL by the Colorado Avalanche and has become a mainstay on the Cougars blueline.
Questions 1: You’re a year removed from being drafted by the Colorado Avalanche. Take us back to your Draft/Combine experience. What are some of your fond memories?
JA: The whole combine itself was neat to see and be a part of. There were NHL scouts everywhere walking around and talking to players and each other.. I was interviewed by probably 25 teams and the interview I had with Colorado was really personal, and really laid back. They knew about my injuries and about my hockey history, but I liked them because they wanted to get to know me as a person which was pretty neat. A lot of the other teams were only focused onl hockey and my injury. Then a few weeks later to go back to Buffalo and hear my name called by Colorado was a very surreal moment. Having my family, my girlfriend, my grandparents and my agent and his son sitting there was awesome. When we heard my name called it was definitely one of the most heart warming experiences that my family and I have ever shared together.
Question 2: I know you didn’t finish last season the way you would have liked, but I’m sure now that a few months have passed you can look back and view the season as a big-time positive?
I thought we had a great season until the playoffs. Obviously things didn’t go as we wanted or planned, but from a team stand point we had a great year with lots of team and individual records set. We had a great group of veteran guys who really enjoyed coming to the rink and going to war with one another. Winning the division title at home was a really special moment, and I also really enjoyed scoring my first goal of the season against Edmonton at Roger’s Place. I went blocker side up high. It was awesome.
Question 3: How excited are you for next season?
I’m really excited to see what we’re all about next season. We’ll have some younger players for sure, but I’m very interested to see what the young guys are willing to bring to the table and how they conduct themselves. I know for myself I want to do whatever it takes to help the young guys out and be a leader that the coaches and my teammates can all depend on. It’ll be an exciting season to be a part of and I’m really looking forward to returning to Prince George.
Question 4: What is your favorite road WHL City and Why?
I like Everett. They’ve got some loud and crazy fans. I really thrive on fans leaning over the glass, yelling at me and telling me “I suck”. I like that. It gets me going. I think I play my best in buildings like that where it’s high energy and high excitement.
Question 5: If you were stuck on a desert island and you could only have three items/people with you, what would you make sure you bring?
Haha, well first I’d bring Ryan Schoettler because I can use him as bait to catch fish or catch an animal. I’d want a hammock because a guy’s got to sleep and relax in the sun, and the third thing I’d need would be lots of fire starter.
I know for myself I want to do whatever it takes to help the young guys out and be a leader that the coaches and my teammates can all depend on. It’ll be an exciting season to be a part of and I’m really looking forward to returning to Prince George. – Josh Anderson