June 24, 1998
Sherwood Park, AB
Question 1: What would you say has been your career highlight up to this point?
JL: For me it would be capturing our first ever B.C. Division banner. Clinching that banner on the last day of the season, at home against Kamloops was unforgettable. I remember the noise when we tied the game in the second period and the bench was going crazy. Once the horn sounded to end regular time, nobody really cared about winning the game in overtime. We were just so happy with what we accomplished and it will be great to see that banner raised to the rafters in Prince George.
Question 2: What are some of your favorite things about Prince George?
JL: Last year we got really into exploring the wilderness. The landscape of Prince George is really great and I’m excited to do even more exploring this year. The nice thing too about Prince George is that it’s a smaller town so you don’t have to commit 30 minutes to driving anywhere. Everything in the city is easily accessible and the fans have been very accepting to all of us. There just seems to be so much positivity everywhere you go.
Question 3: Who’s the toughest player in the WHL to defend?
JL: Oh I’d probably have to say my good friend Justin Almeida of the Moose Jaw Warriors ha ha. I mean I’m a pretty good defenceman so not too many people give me a challenge (as he laughs). Matthew Phillips is another tough one though for Victoria. He’s a small, shifty guy and you never really know what he’s going to give you.
Question 4: What is the one movie that you’ve seen more than any other?
JL: I’d say Draft Day. That’s a movie that the boys always want to see. It never gets old and it always has me on the edge of my seat.
Question 5: You’ve got a reputation for being a pretty trendy and stylish guy. Which fellow PG Cougar gives you the best run for your money when it comes to style?
JL: I’ll have to think about that. We don’t have the most stylish team, haha. Ty Edmonds used to toss it up with the style, but I’d probably have to say Tate Olson. That guy can do it up good, but he’s nowhere near where I’m at.
I remember the noise when we tied the game in the second period and the bench was going crazy. Once the horn sounded to end regular time, nobody really cared about winning the game in overtime. We were just so happy with what we accomplished and it will be great to see that banner raised to the rafters in Prince George. – Joel Lakusta on the 2016-17 B.C. Division banner.