Recently it was announced that the Super Series was going to be coming to the UK and the FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield. The game? Canada vs USA! We at Chasing the Puck got an exclusive invitation to the official press conference at the Arena today (5th February). Exciting, right?
At the press conference was former German league star Kerry Goulet, Coventry Blaze’s Kevin Noble and the Sheffield Steel Kings chairman Jake Oakley.
For those that don’t know what the Super Series is, don’t panic, don’t worry. Let me explain. For the last four years, The Ice Hockey Classic has taken place in New Zealand and Australia, offering ice hockey fans the opportunity to see well-known players from various leagues around the world play in an exhibition game all in the name of charity.
So we have made it to the 9th edition of Behind The Bench, and just in time for Christmas as promised! For the final interview from the bowling night you will need to turn up the volume because rather than just writing, the best part of the interview will be audio!
This mini bowling series seems to have gone on forever, but this really was the very last interview of the evening after most people had left. In fact, just the best friend duo of Evan Ritt and Evan Janssen remained out of the players. Janny was more than happy to come and chat and it seemed silly to not have his partner in crime join us at the table.
Now, several people will have already heard this interview because whereas before the interviews were quite low-key, all eyes were now on the table. With a small crowd gathered around, Janny & Ritt were more than happy to entertain us all!
Name? Evan Janssen
Position? Left wing
NHL team? Chicago Blackhawks
Hockey hero? Uhhhh…
Ritt: “Jim Montgomery?”
Janssen: “Yeah, Jimmy Montgomery”
Favourite UK rink (apart from the Spectrum!)? I’d have to say Sheffield… Yeah, it’s a nice rink
Mike: “What do you like about Sheffield?”
Janssen: “It’s a cool atmosphere, they get a big crowd and the rink is pretty nice, it’s a lot bigger”
Hidden talent/hockey party trick? Dancing. Next question!
Favourite actor? Chris Pratt
Ritt: (Laughing) “Ed Sheeran?”
Janssen: “No…. Chris and I are twins”
Ritt: “No no, I think Ed Sheeran’s more like it!”
Janssen: “I don’t know who Ed is”
Ritt: “He really likes Ed more!”
Janssen: “He’s not an actor!”
Ritt: “He’s a performer”
Janssen: “I’ve never heard of him”
Who is the dressing room prankster? “We really don’t do any… Have we?”
Ritt: “I said Benny or Willsy”
Janssen: “They’re just always after eachother”
Favourite band? Kygo!
Ritt: “Ed Sheeran!”
Janssen: “I don’t know who Ed Sheeran is”
Ritt: “He looks exactly like him”
Janssen: “No! I have no idea who he is. No clue”
Ritt: “He really likes the comparison but he’s being modest right now”
Janssen: “HATE the comparison”
Fan: “So you just need to colour your hair ginger?”
Ritt: “Yes! Absolutely”
Janssen: “No! I don’t have any ginger in me, I look nothing like him! Now Chris Pratt – We can talk”
Ritt: “No I don’t see it!”
Fan: “That’s been said around the rink a lot. Even if they don’t know his name, they say the dude from Jurassic Park”
Janssen: “Really? See! I’m not lying”
BONUS QUESTION: What’s your favourite dinosaur? Well, the Tyrannosaurus rex! Duh! Who doesn’t like that?!
Who’s the messiest in the changing room? Well, I just have to go with my stallmate – He always puts his stuff on my stall.
Ritt: “That’s funny, I said the same about you!”
Janssen: “I’ve always gotta move everything back over to his so I can open my stuff. It’s super annoying. I don’t ever say anything, I try to be a good guy about it”
Most memorable hockey moment to date? Winning the national championship in college
Your most embarrassing moment? Well I got beat by a girl tonight in bowling. That was a pretty hard hit to the ego
Mike: “And so did you”
Ritt: “Yeah, I got beat by several”
Favourite dressing room prank? I like to fill up a stick with water, then put the plug back in it
And for the final question from the bowling night – Turn up your volume because you need to hear this big reveal from the man himself!
And that was that!
A big thanks to Janny and Ritt, plus all the Flames players who have taken time to speak to CTP this year.
And thank you all for reading. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the series so far and with a bit of luck, we’ll be back next year with more from the team!
On behalf of all of us at Chasing The Puck, we hope you have a wonderful Christmas and look forward to seeing you at a game soon.