July 14 2014 08:30AM
A year ago, the Calgary Flames selected winger Tim Harrison late in the 2013 NHL Draft.
Nobody had ever heard of him and his introduction to Flames fans was at 2013's development camp, where he opened a lot of eyes with a bunch of hits. He went off to college and was an energy player (and a favourite of the coaching staff, based on how quickly he moved up the line-up card) for the Colgate University Raiders. In his freshman year, his team made it to the NCAA Tournament despite being a young squad with few established college stars.
I caught up with Harrison at Flames development camp at Winsport.
Last year when you were picked, the big question on Twitter was “Who is Tim Harrison?” After a year at Colgate, do you feel like you’re defining what that means?
I don’t know about defining, but just trying to play my game, just show people what I’m all about – kind of a fast-paced energy guy looking to move up the ranks. So yeah, you could say so.
You didn’t rack up a lot of points at Colgate as a freshman, but do you feel you were able to make an impact on a team that went pretty far in the NCAA Tournament?
Definitely. And that’s the most important thing about it, I think, as a team we went pretty far and we didn’t really, there wasn’t any individuals on our team. We were a core group, just a band of brothers. In terms of me personally, I think I fit in right where I was supposed to be, right where coach needed me to be. Obviously there’s stuff I can improve on to move up and make more of an impact offensively, but I think at the role I was put into, I worked as hard as I could and did what I can to make the team better and help us get wins.
What are your hopes for your sophomore season at Colgate?
I definitely want to produce offensively, but also just work on my defensive game and work on my all-around two-way game. Offense and defense. Back-checking… I want to get bigger, faster, stronger and I want to be able to stay over the puck and protect the puck, in the corners and with bigger defensemen, and not get bumped off as quickly as I did freshman year. And I think with my training in the summer – and obviously development camp has helped me improve, just kind-of getting more leverage and more momentum over the puck, leaning over it and using my big body to my advantage.