This week’s interview is with Saskatchewan Shockers G Zeke Zagurski.
SHL Digest: We’re here this week with a longtime SHL netminder, Zeke Zagurski of the surprising Shockers. Zeke, thanks for talking with us.
Zeke Zagurski: Thanks for inviting me. We usually don’t get chosen for much, so this is awesome!
SHLD: With the way your team has been playing, it’s well-deserved. How does it feel to be a contender at last?
ZZ: It’s honestly amazing to finally feel like we have a real chance. It’s great to see the guys working together to get the wins.
SHLD: What do you think has been the secret to your success this year?
ZZ: I think we have a strong team that is finally playing at the same pace as each other
SHLD: Do you think your new coach [Morris Thompson] has helped with that?
ZZ: Certainly. He really prioritizes teamwork and even has us do team bonding exercises pretty often.
SHLD: Oh yeah? Like what?
ZZ: You know that activity where you lean back and the other person is supposed to catch you? Well we tried that… it didn’t go well. We also lifted up Chris [Oflyng] with one finger each, which was super cool.
SHLD: Sounds interesting! I hope no one got hurt doing that.
ZZ: Well no, but my boy Troy [Chamberlain] did end up catching someone who wasn’t his partner. Barnesy [Wyatt Barnes] really wasn’t supportive of those trust exercises.
SHLD: Understood. Now, you yourself have a reputation for being… a little weird. Do you think that’s fair?
ZZ: Yeah, probably so. But honestly, once you get out here and spend a night with our owner [Heinz Doofenshmirtz], who wouldn’t be?
SHLD: You raised a lot of eyebrows earlier this year when you ate a hot dog on the ice during the middle of a game. What was the story there?
ZZ: Well, I was hungry, I always wanted to try one of the hot dogs they sell in the stands. One thing led to another, and I paid a fan to slip me a hot dog as I came out of the tunnel. I stuck it in my water bottle for safekeeping, and I was good to go.
SHLD: Cleverly done! Coach Thompson probably wasn’t too happy about that, though.
ZZ: Not too much. I was suspended from making contact with fans for a month. The man didn’t even let me finish my hot dog!
SHLD: Not fair!
ZZ: I know, right? I mean, how am I supposed to focus on playing hockey when there’s an unfinished hot dog just sitting there waiting for me?
SHLD: It must have taken real inner strength.
ZZ: You have no idea.
SHLD: That’s not your only quirk. Your teammates say you prepare for games by locking yourself in a toilet stall and screaming the words to “I Feel Pretty.”
ZZ: Why, of course! Julie Andrews always knows how to hype me up.
SHLD: So, back to your team. Next week is the trading deadline. Are you hoping for a big trade, or do you hope the Shockers stand pat?
ZZ: I think we have an awesome team already, but I am always up for getting a fresh face to keep us on our toes.
SHLD: Any preference on what kind of player you get? (Not a goalie, presumably.)
ZZ: I would say it is never a bad thing to get more help with defense. Less work for me is something I am always up for.
SHLD: Makes sense. Well, that will do for this week. Thanks for your time, Zeke, and good luck the rest of the season!
ZZ: Thank you! And to our fans: thanks for sticking with us, and this is our year. V-A-N-D-Y!!!!