January 18, 1999
Question 1: On October 18th, 2016 you were traded to the Prince George Cougars from the Prince Albert Raiders. Take us back to that day and tell us how you react to the news that you’d be coming to your hometown team?
JM: It was all very exciting. I grew up watching the Prince Cougars. For my birthdays we’d drive from Houston to PG to watch them. It was a dream come true knowing that I’d have the chance to play in front of friends and family. It also helped that I was familiar already with the City because of my time with the Cariboo Cougars. On the whole it was just a comfortable fit and it allowed me to feel good about things right away.
Question 2: In your first two games, you scored your first two goals. Does it get any better than that?
JM: Yeah, it was a pretty exciting first two games. Obviously I was nervous before my first game, but it was great. The older guys just told me to relax and they really helped calm me down. It helped that I had practiced with them for the whole month prior, but I mainly just focused on going out there and playing my own game and it worked out really good.
Question 3: What are you doing to ensure a strong second season in the WHL?
JM: The biggest goal for me during this off-season was getting down to a quicker weight. I’ve been working out tons, and eating a lot healthier during the summer. I look at the upcoming season as a huge opportunity for me. I feel like I’m definitely ready to step in and be a bigger contributor. We’re going to be a younger team and a lot of the guys haven’t played in the WHL and it can be a tough adjustment. But I’m just going to take what I’ve learned from the older guys last year and do what I can do to help the younger guys. Having older guys do that for me made a huge difference.
Question 4: You or your twin brother Tyler: Who won more street hockey games as a kid?
JM: It was definitely me, haha. I’d always beat him before we even got to the one-on-one shootouts. But we sure had fun though. We played together all our lives up until our first year of midget. It was actually during our first year together at the Okanagan Hockey Academy that we didn’t play together. Obviously though we’re not going to play together our entire lives so we both have learned to adapt. He is committed to Nanaimo in the BCHL next season.
Question 5: Tell me about your ideal ice-cream sundae?
JM: The coach isn’t going to like this answer, haha. I’d start with good old fashioned chocolate ice cream! Nothing beats that. Then let’s add some caramel sauce, with some banana slices. That way I keep it sort of healthy. I’d also throw some gummy worms on there and some sprinkles… I would just make sure that I get something like this after a road trip where we’ve won a few games so that the coaches don’t get mad.
I look at the upcoming season as a huge opportunity for me. I feel like I’m definitely ready to step in and be a bigger contributor. We’re going to be a younger team and a lot of the guys haven’t played in the WHL and it can be a tough adjustment. But I’m just going to take what I’ve learned from the older guys last year and do what I can do to help the younger guys. Having older guys do that for me made a huge difference. – Josh Maser on the upcoming season.