This week’s interview is with SHL co-founder and Anchorage Igloos co-owner Leslie Mills.
SHL Digest: We’re here this week talking to the league’s founding mother, Leslie Mills. Welcome, Leslie!
Leslie Mills: Hi, I’m glad to be here!
SHLD: How do you feel about the league after two seasons?
LM: I am very happy with where we are right now. I think that we have had a very successful and fun run so far!
SHLD: Why do you think the league has been so successful?
LM: I think it really has to do with the cooperation the entire SHL community has had. We have a really good comradery, and all of us together have made something really amazing.
SHLD: What was your favorite moment from this season?
LM: I think my favorite moment has to be all of the little mishaps that occur over the season. I can’t pick just one! They just prove how many things are funny looking back, and shows the league’s flexibility and how we aren’t afraid to have fun.
SHLD: What are you most excited to see in the coming seasons?
LM: I am excited to see how it all plays out and all of the exciting and funny memories we will create in the future.
SHLD: Who is your favorite player in the league and why?
LM: It has to be Ryan Airston because his bunny obsession is really cute and fun. He isn’t afraid to be different, which I think is something very important about the SHL.
SHLD: Is there anything you’d like to see change in the SHL?
LM: I don’t think anything major is necessary. If anything I would say we should do more league-wide events, so the teams aren’t only seeing each other on the ice.
SHLD: Your team, the Igloos, won the coveted Vandy last season. Is the trophy as shiny as everyone says it is?
LM: It is super shiny and cool. Admittedly, it is not something I would drink out of. But it looks like a perfect fit in its display case. The Vandy not only has physical value, but it commemorates the whole first season we had. It proves that teamwork gets the win in the end.
SHLD: The Igloos didn’t make the playoffs this year. What do you think you’ll need to do to get back into the playoffs next season?
LM: I think that there are some very fast-paced and strong teams in the league now, which is a little different than last year. We need to focus on making sure we are equally strong on all areas of the ice. And focus on what we are good at and not try to get too fancy with it.
SHLD: Care to make a prediction about the Finals this year? Who do you think will win and in how many games?
LM: That is a difficult question! I think it could easily go all the way to Game 7 but in the end, my money is on Michigan. They have been such a strong team this year.
SHLD: What would you like to say to the fans who have faithfully supported the SHL for the last two seasons?
LM: I would like to say and gigantic thanks to all of you. Thanks for sticking with us through our first 2 seasons. We love all of you guys and here’s to many more great seasons to come!