Getting to Know Derrick Pouliot
We did a sit-down interview with Penguins prospect Derrick Pouliot last week at development camp, and since I couldn’t squeeze all of his answers into the feature I wrote, I put together a separate “Getting to Know You” type of piece to include all his other answers – and a few other goodies.
Favorite NHL team growing up: Colorado Avalanche. “They had big goons back then and they were a good team.”
Favorite NHL player: Drew Doughty
Pump-up music or artist: “Anything that’s on at the gym I go to. They have Sirius Hits 1 playing.”
Favorite video game: Call of Duty
Favorite TV show: Big Bang Theory
Favorite movie(s): “Bridesmaids is one of my favorites. Or anything that has Will Ferrell in it.”
Favorite off-ice activity: Relax!
Favorite food: Sushi
Favorite restaurant: Fuji’s in Portland, Oregon (a sushi bar)
Favorite non-hockey playing athlete: Tom Brady or Tiger Woods
Favorite sport besides hockey: Golf
Siblings: A younger brother (Nicholas) and a younger sister (Janelle)
MORE IN-DEPTH Q&A…
Q. Now that you’ve been in the city for a few days, what do you think of Pittsburgh and the Penguins’ facilities here at CONSOL Energy Center?
A. The city’s really nice. It’s a little bit like Portland, actually, where I played last year. It has a little bit of an older downtown, it seems like, but everything is really nice. The CONSOL Energy Center here is just unbelievable. It’s a really amazing facility and it’s a top-notch organization here.
Q. What’s it like living and playing in Oregon?
A. It’s lots of fun. It’s actually not too big of a hockey city. They’ve got an NBA team and a soccer team there. But our fans are starting to come back. We had a couple good seasons and it’s a really nice place. It’s always green, doesn’t get too cold in the winter so it’s pretty good to be there.
Q. Looking back, how cool was it to get drafted in the city and in the arena that you’ll play in someday, especially the way it went down as part of a trade?
A. It was really an exciting experience. It’s something that doesn’t happen too often or to too many people. So I was very, very excited when my name got calledthere, and that trade was obviously a big one there. So I was extremely honored and very excited.
Q. This is your first development camp. Overall, what do you think?
A. I like it. I like it a lot. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect coming in, but everything has been really good so far. All the instruction, what they’ve been teaching us, it’s all been first-class. You can tell that this is a really good organization.
Q. Does it help having a junior teammate in Joe Morrow here with you?
A. A little bit. Coming in, you’re a little nervous at first. You don’t know anybody. Having that one person that’s been through it once already and has played with you a couple years just makes you feel a little more at ease.
Q. Was it kind of cool for you to be on the ice with all the other talented defensive prospects during the defense-only session?
A. It was. Those are all guys you’re competing against and there’s a lot of them, so you’ve got to go all out each day and prove yourself and work your hardest. They’re doing that too, so it’s good competition.
Q. You guys advanced all the way to the league championship, where you lost in Game 7 to the Oil Kings. What was that run like?
A. It was really good. Two years in a row, making it to the Final like that doesn’t happen too often in junior hockey. It’s something special. We had an excellent team and fell one game short, but it was still a really good season and it was a lot of fun.
Q. I know Portland has one of the strongest back ends in the CHL. How did playing with so much talent help you develop?
A. It’s helped a lot. I’ve been pretty fortunate to get into that organization right when they turned it around with the ownership and the new staff. Mike Johnson and Travis Green, those two guys are unbelievable. Top notch in the league there. It’s been pretty fortunate for me.
Pouliot may be quiet and reserved, but he lets his personality shine through on Twitter (follow him at @dpouliot51). Here’s some of the tweets he posted during his time in Pittsburgh last week for development camp: