01. What will you take with you from the Masters tourney in Tampa, FL? Highs? Lows?
I will take from the Masters tournament the opportunity to represent my country playing the sport I love. This tournament was an unforgettable experience that I will always cherish. The low was that we did not achieve our goal and that was to win the gold.
02. What was it like to play against teams from all over the world?
It was awesome playing against teams from other countries. The talent level was amazing for men over 40 years old. Trading jerseys with a player from team Slovakia was a testament to the feeling of unity that we all share as ball hockey players.
03. What was your mindset going into the Saturday afternoon game against Team USA?
My mindset was the same for all the games, win. I committed myself to helping team DC win in anyway that I could. I’m proud to have shared this moment with my team USA brothers. They played well and I have nothing but love for them.
04. What was your favorite moment of the tournament?
I have several favorite moments from the tournament. In between the first and second periods after I scored my first goal against Austria I went over to my Wife Margaret and “fist bumped” through the glass. I am eternally grateful for her support and sacrifice over the past 20 years. I have played with Will Augustine since I was a teenager. Playing on this team together and singing our national anthem was beyond compare. Will is one of the best players I know. But he is an even greater brother to me. Last but not least was after I scored my second goal against Austria and Jason Kelly meets me on the rink at the end of the game and we cried tears of joy! I can never thank you enough for letting me be a part of your teams and being a fabulous brother! The guy gives everything he has into ball hockey.
05. What one or two things did you do during your training that was keys to your success?
Herbal life and exercise helped me lose 30lbs. Since we did not win the gold I can’t consider myself a success.
06. What do you feel that the US has to do more effectively to be able to capture Gold in 2016?
We need more playing time together as a team. I know that it’s a challenge but practice makes perfect.
07. How would you rate your experience with ASHI on a scale of 1-10 and why?
I would rate a 7. There were issues with the livestream and a few other things. But I’m not to good at complaining. lol.
08. If you could change one thing about the process or the actual event what would it be?
The only thing that I would change would be for Team DC to win Gold. I thank Jamie Cooke and all my DC brothers for everything. I am confident that USA will win gold!