Our interview of the week is with Dakota Rapids LW “Flyin’ Ryan” Airston.
SHL Digest: We are here today with “Flyin’ Ryan” Airston, a player for the Dakota Rapids.
Ryan Airston: Hi, everybody! It’s cool to be here.
SHLD: We’re happy to have you here! So, one of the most popular questions people have is: how are you so fast?
RA: Well, every day I skate 50 laps around the arena to work on my speed. Also, I eat a lot of carrots, because bunnies eat carrots, and they’re fast.
SHLD: Many people don’t know about your fluffy bunny ranch and your love for bunnies. Can you tell us a little more about that?
RA: Sure! I come from a long line of bunny ranchers. At my ranch back home in Manitoba, we’ve got over 200 bunnies. They’re so cute! The fluffier, the better. Sometimes I just go in there, grab a couple bunnies, and hug them.
SHLD: Wow, that is a lot of bunnies! I am glad you have something that inspires you. Many players don’t have something so unique!
RA: Thanks. When I was a kid, a lot of guys made fun of me. They called me “Bunny Boy.” But then I started skating past them and scoring goals, and they stopped laughing.
SHLD: So, switching topics: how do you think your team has been doing?
RA: I think we’re off to a strong start! It’s a tough division – Michigan and Anchorage are really good – but we’ve got the best offense in the league. We’re going to be hard to beat!
SHLD: It is true, your offensive statistics are quite impressive. Are there any areas in which you think the team could use improvement?
RA: Well, Coach is always telling us that we need to hit more guys. I don’t know about that, but we play so fast and we can get burned sometimes. We’ve got to take care of the puck in our own end.
SHLD: Lastly, if you could say anything to the other teams in the SHL, what would you tell them?
RA: I’d say that we may not be the biggest or the toughest guys, but you’d better watch out, because we’re going to blow by you and on to the championship!
SHLD: Good choice! Well, good luck to you and your team; keep going fast! Thank you so much for letting us have an interview.
RA: My pleasure! It was neat talking to you.