(Patrick johnston was at the Heat/Wolves game Saturday night. He got a chance to speak to Max Reinhart after the game)
How do you get a hockey player to give answers that might provide a hint of insight? Ask them questions that don’t relate to their current season, game, or even moment. The professional hockey player has heard so many questions so many times before, it’s a challenge to give them something different to work with. Here’s one reporter’s attempt to be different.
FlamesNation caught up with Max Reinhart after Abbotsford’s 4-1 win over Chicago on Saturday night. We told him it would be five questions, but it ended up being seven.
Patrick Johnston: Max, what’s your best hockey memory?
Max Reinhart: Winning the WHL championship a couple years ago. It was my first major title; it’s something I’ll remember for a long time.
What was the lesson you learned from achieving that – obviously It’s one of the biggest games you can win…
It’s winning – getting that experience, I had a very good playoffs that year, I learned a lot from it. It was just easy to move forward from there.
At the other end of the spectrum, what’s your worst hockey memory?
I don’t know, losing in general, I guess. It’s never fun. I don’t think I have one that sticks out too much.
What was the toughest thing you did in preparation for this season?
Getting in the gym and trying to put on that weight. Obviously with my body type, I struggle with putting on and keeping on weight, so I had to be in the gym a lot. That was the toughest part, when the weather’s nice, to stay in the gym.
What were you having to do more than anything to find success in the gym?
It’s just a lot of weight training, that’s how you build muscle, that’s the weight you want. I was in there every day, grinding it out. A lot of weights; that’s not my strong suit, that’s my little brother’s strong suit. We’re in the gym a lot together and he keeps me motivated to keep getting stronger and to keep up with him.
Does having a little brother who’s seeing some success as a player serve to motivate you?
Yeah, I got not just one, but two who are doing very well so that’s even extra motivation. Everyone’s having success and it’s fun to share.
Last question – what’s your best way to kill time, a Wikipedia hole, a Youtube hole or just staring off into space?
Haha Youtube I guess. Whatever comes up!