Cade McNelly appeared in 46 games last season and had one goal and one assist for two points with a total of 123 penalty minutes. Cade was a rookie last season, but he entered the season having played 15 games the season prior. The Westlock, Alberta, native looks to build off his 2018-19 season and took some time to sit down with us and answer some questions.
SeatteThunderbirds: We’re glad you could take the time to join us Cade! First off, how’s your summer been so far?
Cade McNelly: It’s been good! I’ve been training lots and getting ready for this season.
ST: What are your off-season preparations as you prepare for the 2019-20 season?
CM: To get better every day, not just on the ice but off the ice with my good work habits.
ST: What are you most excited about and/or looking forward to this season?
CM: I would have to say I’m most excited about going to the rink every day and seeing my teammates!
ST: What music do you listen to when to get ready for games? Favorite artist you are listening to right now?
CM: I’m more of a hip-hop rap kind of guy and before games that is what I listen to the most. No certain artist right now.
ST: How do you feel you can build off last season?
CM: I just need to keep getting better every day as I did last season. Building off all my improvements and using that to carry myself into this season.
ST: What are your expectations for you and the team this coming season?
CM: I think we’re going to be a real good team this year if we stay focused and be prepared for each game. I see good things happening.
ST: What are some of your interest outside of hockey?
CM: I mainly like to golf and go wake boarding; it gets me out of the house for something to do!
ST: Have you had a chance to look at this season’s schedule yet? If so, are there any games/opponents you’re most looking forward to?
CM: Yes. It doesn’t matter which team or who I play against I just go out and play.
ST: What advice do you think you can pass onto the incoming rookies this season?
CM: To keep working hard every day and stay out of trouble!
ST: You are entering your first NHL Draft year this coming season. Is that something you think about at all? A few of your teammates are in the same situation. Have you talked to them at all about that?
CM: I don’t really think about it at all. My goal is to just go out there and play my game and get better, same goes for my teammates too.
ST: Are you a Game of Thrones fan or a Stranger Things fan?
CM: No, not really. I’ve never really been interested in either of those shows.
ST: Thank you very much for your time Cade. We can’t wait to see you at Training Camp!
CM: Thank you!
Seattle Thunderbirds Public & Media Relations Intern Issac Daniels conducted the Q&A Cade McNelly. The team will be posting Q&A’s during the off-season with returning T-Birds players.