Cade McNelly appeared in 15 games last season with the T-Birds. He was invited to the T-Birds Training Camp prior to the 2015-2016 and 2016-17 seasons. McNelly signed with the T-Birds on August 20, 2017. He also played in 20 games for the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers Midget AAA team last season where he had three assists and 60 penalty minutes. McNelly is busy getting ready for the upcoming season but took some time to visit with us and answer some questions about the coming season.
Seattle Thunderbirds: Thanks for the time Cade. How’s your summer going?
Cade McNelly: Thanks for having me. My summer has been going great and I’ve been having a lot of fun.
ST: What are some things you are doing this summer outside of hockey?
CM: I’ve been working out a lot and playing some golf.
ST: What parts of your game are you working on during your offseason training?
CM: The two main things I’m working on are my skating and puck handling, then a lot of conditioning so that I’m in shape
ST: How do you feel about your performance with the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers last season?
CM: It was a good season, a lot of our guys on my team stepped up and played really well for us to make playoffs.
ST: What was your experience like in the 15 games that you played last season for the T-Birds?
CM: My 15 games played with the T-Birds were an awesome experience. I learned a lot of new things that I can help transition into my game for the future.
ST: What are some things you can take from last season and build on for this upcoming year?
CM: Being prepared before every game, eating right, having the right mindset, and just being the best player I can be day in and day out.
ST: What are your expectations for the team this year?
CM: To help the team in whatever way I can whether it’s by playing a different position or pushing my teammates in practices to be at their best. I expect us to be hard working and a tough team to beat.
ST: Who are some NHL players that you look up to?
CM: I look up to Dustin Byfuglien and Curtis Mcdermid.
ST: What do you see your role will be on the team this year?
CM: I can see myself being more of a two way player that likes to play physical.
ST: Do you hang out with any of your T-Birds teammates during the offseason?
CM: No not really I live a long way from most of them so I don’t really see them that much.
ST: Based on your rookie season last year what advice can you give to any of the incoming rookies this season?
CM: To work your hardest every day and stay out of trouble.
ST: We look forward to seeing you on the ice at training camp. Thank you for your time Cade.
CM: Thanks for having me. I look forward to seeing all you guys this season.
Seattle Thunderbirds Public & Media Relations Intern Alex Dupille conducted the Q&A with Cade McNelly. The team will be posting Q&A’s during the off-season with T-Birds players.