T-Birds right wing Seth Swenson is preparing to start his second season with the Seattle Thunderbirds. Last season, after being acquired from the Portland Winterhawks at the trade deadline, Swenson played in 34 games and racked up 10 goals and 7 assists for 17 points. Seth took the time away from his summer schedule to sit down with the Thunderbirds and answer a few questions.
Seattle Thunderbirds: First off, thanks for joining us. How has your summer been so far?
Seth Swenson: It’s a pleasure. Summer has been great! Maybe a little too hot but can’t wait to get the season going.
ST: Last season you came to Seattle from Portland at the trade deadline. Were you surprised by the trade and what was your initial reaction?
SS: It was my first time so it definitely gave me a little shock but I knew it would turn out positive for my career. Not to mention, my sister lives in Seattle which is very nice.
ST: After joining the T-Birds what was the experience like playing your old team the Winterhawks?
SS: Once I got the nerves out the first shift, some of the most exciting games of the year for me. Couldn’t ask for anymore motivation.
ST: The T-Birds and the Winterhawks have a fierce rivalry. What is your take from being on both sides of the rivalry?
SS: It is a fun one to be a part of. A very deep rooted and competitive rivalry that makes games so much more entertaining but yet friendly once the game is over.
ST: After joining the T-Birds you put up some pretty good numbers. Was this a matter of a bit more ice time with the T-Birds than with the Winterhawks?
SS: The biggest difference for me was playing with confidence, which came with being given more ice time and a bigger role.
ST: What do you see your role being on the team this coming season?
SS: I want to play in every possible scenario. I have filled a checking/shutdown role and an offensive/power-play role before and I would like to be able to fill both for the team.
ST: What are you doing to prepare for the coming season?
SS: Training non-stop Monday through Friday. Trying to be as strong as I can going into camp. For fun, I actually play competitive roller hockey and just got done with nationals where we placed 2nd in North America.
ST: You are going to be an instructor at the T-Birds Hockey School in August. Have you ever been a hockey camp instructor before? What hockey skill do you think you would be best at teaching?
SS: I actually coach kid’s camps quite regularly in the off season in Colorado. Mostly instruction at shooting clinics but I would have to say my best skill to teach might have to be skating basics.
ST: Now for something different. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when I say the following five things?
Giraffe – SS: Zoo
Avalanche – SS: Spend more money
Farmville – SS: Facebook
Post game meal – SS: The Ram
Teammates on your survival squad if there was an apocalyptic zombie attack – SS: I feel Elliot could fight them off. Maybe Honey for a sacrifice.
ST: Thanks for your time. Enjoy the rest of the summer and we look forward to seeing you at training camp?
SS: Of course, can’t wait for the season to get started.
Seattle Thunderbirds Public & Media Relations Intern Matt Freeman conducted the Q&A with Seth.The team will be posting Q&A’s during the off-season with returning T-Birds players.