Every offseason the NHL holds its annual NHL Draft and many young players embark on a long journey to reach their potential.
I had a chance to chat with the Islanders third round draft pick from Waterloo, Eamon McAdam. He will head to Penn State this coming season.
This is the first of what hopefully will be many of exclusive interviews for Pro New York Sports.
First off, welcome to the Islanders organization. Could you tell the fans a little bit about yourself?
I’m 18 years old, turning 19 in September and am going into my freshman year at Penn State. I have one sister who is 11 years older then me and was a professional cyclist who won national and world championships.
After you decided to pursue hockey for a living, what was the best advice your parents or coaches ever gave you?
The best advice I’ve ever gotten is to treat every day like it is your last. There is always something more you can do to improve yourself as a person and a hockey player and there is always someone fighting for the same job as you that is doing something more then you are.
How much did the support of your parents help you in your quest to get to where you are now?
My parents have been my biggest supporters throughout my life in all aspects. They have sacrificed more then I can ever repay and I will do everything in my power to repay them one day for everything they’ve done.
When the Islanders called your name on Draft Day, what were some of your emotions?
I was at first shocked and then overwhelmed with joy. I was speechless when I saw my parents faces. The joy in their eyes was something I will never forget.
Can you explain what it was like to be drafted by such a storied franchise?
It is an honor to be drafted by a team with such a great history. I couldn’t ask for a better situation to be put into and I am hopeful that I can be another part of this storied franchise that people talk about and remember one day.
During the draft the Islanders also took two of your teammates from Waterloo as well. What were you thinking about playing with them potentially in the NHL?
Taylor and Stephon are both great players and even better guys in the locker room. Both of them have tremendous skill and I would love to have the opportunity to play with them again especially at the highest level competing for something we’ve all dreamed about, the Stanley Cup.
Can you explain to the fans what type of goaltender you are and who do you model your game after? ex: Patrick Roy, Dominick Hasak, Carey Price, Evgeni Nabokov?
In the current NHL I believe I play a game very similar to Ryan Miller. He is about the same build as I am and he is a very technically sound goalie that bases his game on skating and using technique and size to his advantage, but is also athletic and can make a highlight real save; which is very similar to my own game.
While you are at Penn St. what are you looking to accomplish both academically and on the ice?
I’m looking to major in something science related at Penn State, hopefully something energy related, but I am still undecided. On the ice I want to help the team progress as fast as possible and by my second or third year I want to give the team here a chance to go for a National Championship. This may seem like a lofty goal but the age old expression of championships are won with goaltending is true in my eyes and if I put in enough work I am hopeful I can give the team a chance no matter who we’re playing.
Lastly, when the Islanders come calling to sign you, is there a nickname or chant that fans should be aware of?
I don’t have many nicknames at the moment; my name is unique enough that I haven’t usually had to be called something else. Some people call me Mac, but it hasn’t stuck in most cases yet.