This week’s interview is with Hershey Bliss D Reese Milton.
SHL Digest: We’re here this week with one of the league’s best defensemen, Reese Milton of the Hershey Bliss. Reese, thanks for taking the time to speak with us.
Reese Milton: Well, sure thing!
SHLD: Congratulations on being the defending champs! How did that unexpected victory feel?
RM: Really good! It may have been unexpected to the rest of the world, but not to us. We knew what a talented group we had, and we felt like we could go all the way. But when we actually did, it was a pretty overwhelming experience. And bringing the Vandy back to central PA and getting the love from the fans… that was pretty special.
SHLD: You guys wore those gold-trimmed uniforms on opening night to celebrate your championship. What did you think of them?
RM: I thought they looked sharp! Very classy, and a special way to honor the season we had.
SHLD: You’re off to a surprisingly slow start this season. Any cause for concern?
RM: We’re not too worried. We’ve been playing the game right; we just haven’t had any puck luck. We’ve had games when we’ve thrown a barrage at the net, and the other goalie just stands on his head. And we’ve had some tough goals in our end too. It’s early. But it’s a competitive division, and we don’t want to fall too far behind.
SHLD: You’re arguably one of the best two-way defensemen in the league, yet you don’t get as much attention as some of the other big names. Why do you think that is?
RM: I think part of it is that my game isn’t too flashy. I don’t fight, I don’t go in for big devastating hits, and I’m not playing for headlines. I just focus on playing a solid, clean game and helping my team win. I’m not trying to be the center of attention. Also, I don’t tend to talk to the media that often. So it’s probably good that I’m doing this.
SHLD: Let’s give the people a chance to know you better, then. Tell us something about you that most fans don’t know.
RM: One thing that most people don’t know is how much I love squirrels!
SHLD: Squirrels, huh?
RM: Absolutely! At my home in upstate New York, there are a bunch of squirrels who live in the trees in my yard, and I love to feed them and play with them.
SHLD: Pretty cool!
RM: And sometimes, if one of them gets hurt, I’ll bring them into my house and nurse them back to health. I have an old cat tower in my house for the squirrels to play on.
SHLD: Wow, that’s unusual! Must be neat for them.
RM: They really seem to like it. I guess you could say I’m nuts about squirrels! Get it, “nuts”? Because squirrels like to eat nuts.
SHLD: Yeah, we get it.
RM: There’s a lot of things that people don’t know about squirrels. They don’t even realize how many kinds of squirrels there are! Eastern grey squirrels, Western grey squirrels, fox squirrels, California ground squirrels, red squirrels. And that’s not even getting into flying squirrels, or other members of the squirrel family like chipmunks and marmots.
SHLD: Wow, you sure know a lot about squirrels.
RM: Want to hear my squirrel impression?
SHLD: Aaaaand it looks like we’re out of time! That interview definitely went in an unexpected direction. Thanks for your time, Reese.
RM: You’re welcome. Love to the Hershey fans and my fellow squirrel nerds!