Interview of the Week: Cary Estabrook

This week’s interview is with Boston Badgers F Cary Estabrook.

SHL Digest: Today, we have a unique opportunity.  We’re speaking with the Boston Badgers’ first-ever player, Cary Estabrook.  Cary, welcome to the SHL!

Cary Estabrook

Cary Estabrook: Thanks!  I’m really excited about this.

SHLD: So, how did you become the Badgers’ first player?

CE: Well, [Badgers GM] Jody Melchiorre had scouted me for Anchorage when I was a senior at Western Mass, before last season’s draft.  But I wrecked my knee just before the end of the season, so the Igloos didn’t draft me.  But obviously he remembered me.

SHLD: Obviously, he thought well of you!

CE: Well, the surgery was successful, and my rehab’s gone well, so we felt confident that I’d be ready to go for ’18.  And the fact that I’m a local boy didn’t hurt.  I’m from Rhode Island originally.

SHLD: How does it feel to be the only Badger so far?

CE: It’s really exciting, but it’s a bit of a mixed blessing, you know?  I mean, no matter what I do the rest of my career, I’m going to be part of SHL history.  That’s definitely cool.

SHLD: No question about that!

CE: But I don’t just want to be the answer to a trivia question, you know?  I want to be remembered for being a great player.  I’ve got to keep working hard to make that happen.

SHLD: Do you think you’ve got a good chance to make the team?

CE: Hard to be sure until I can see the competition, right?  But Jody assured me that I’d have every shot to make it as long as I can stay healthy.

SHLD: If you were to compare yourself to a current SHL player, who would it be?

CE: Maybe a guy like Vonnie McLearen.  He’s a guy who worked hard to get where he is; he’s not the hardest shot or the fastest skater, but he’s a real competitor who works hard and plays solid on both ends of the ice.  That’s my game too.

SHLD: Have you had a chance to meet any of the fans in Boston yet?

CE: Yeah, actually.  We just had a season-ticket-holder event on Friday.  Jody said that we’ve already got over 5,000 season ticket holders, which is huge.  I love the fans here; they’re really smart, dedicated, totally into hockey.  Our arena’s in Southie, so we’re gonna draw those great working-class fans.  The atmosphere is gonna be off the charts.

SHLD: Can’t wait to see it!  Well, thank you for your time, and best of luck with your SHL career.

CE: Thanks.  No offense, but I’m really waiting for the next time you guys interview me.  That time, I’ll know you’re talking to me because I’ve made it.  That’s the dream for me.

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