April 7, 1998
Question 1: What was your top highlight from the 2016-17 season?
KM: The culture change for sure. Coming into the season with a brand new coaching staff in place really set the tone for our success, and from the very beginning we embraced it and we were able to ride that wave to a division title. It was a major step forward for our organization. We didn’t have the type of success in the playoffs that we would have liked, but there were a lot of positives put in place that I think are really going to help us in the seasons to come. Next year will be another major step forward.
Question 2: What about next season are you most excited for?
KM: I’m excited to have a younger team. There will be lots of new guys coming in and learning the league and how we do things. A few of us older veterans are all looking forward to helping them out and being the best leaders we can be and having as much success as we can. I think we’re going to surprise a lot of people with how good we are.
Question 3: Who’s the toughest defenceman you’ve had to face during your career in the WHL?
KM: The toughest for me would be Ryan Gagnon of the Victoria Royals. Every time we played against Victoria he’s always all over me. He’s a man out there, and definitely one of the harder guys that you have to face night in and night out. It also doesn’t help that we play them so much. He’s one guy that I’m definitely not going to miss playing against.
Question 4: Who’s your favorite athlete outside of hockey?
KM: Ohh man, let me think a bit about this one. I’d have to say Tom Brady. He’s the type of guy that everybody looks to when the team is down and no matter what the situation is, he brings his team together and it’s that type of culture that moving forward that I want to be a part of. He’s THE MAN when it comes to being a leader and being the best team guy there possibly is.
Question 5: You’ve got a reputation for being the ‘Music Man’ of the Cougars. What is the one song that you have to play before every game in order to make sure that the guys are pumped up and ready to go?
KM: This is a hilarious question because there are so many songs that we’ve tried. But the one song that we can’t live without would be ‘Red Flag’ by Billy Talent. All the boys love that. That’s one we definitely play before each game no matter what, usually with about five minutes left before we need to head onto the ice. It can get pretty loud and rowdy as we get ready for the game.
“I’m excited to have a younger team. There will be lots of new guys coming in and learning the league and how we do things. A few of us older veterans are all looking forward to helping them out and being the best leaders we can be and having as much success as we can. I think we’re going to surprise a lot of people with how good we are.” – Kody McDonald talks about next season.