Noah Philp completed his first season with the T-Birds in 2017-18 after playing his first two WHL seasons with the Kootenay Ice. Philp had 14 goals and 36 assists for 50 points in 71 games played. From Canmore, Alberta, he also appeared in all five playoff games in the first round series against Everett. Noah joined us to answer some questions about his first season with the team and what he has been up to this summer.
Seattle Thunderbirds: Thanks for joining us Noah. First off, how’s your summer been?
Noah Philp: It’s been really good. Thanks.
ST: After playing two seasons in Kootenay, how would you describe the differences in playing for the Thunderbirds?
NP: Well, the Thunderbirds have an amazing fan base. It’s easy to get excited for games with the support we have night in and night out.
ST: How do you feel you performed last season? Did you meet your expectations?
NP: I feel like I had a solid season. That being said I know there is a lot of things to improve on and I’m hoping to come back a stronger all-around player. As for expectations, I hadn’t set any for myself, I was just focusing on helping the team win games any way I can.
ST: You set career highs in nearly every statistical category last season. What would attribute your improvement to?
NP: I think my off-season training last summer really helped me make a jump between seasons. Also, being traded to the Thunderbirds gave me a fresh start with new coaching staff and they really helped me fit into the system properly and move my game to the next level.
ST: After the season ended, what is the aspect of your game that you wanted to improve during the offseason?
NP: Overall strength and power. I think it’s important to try and out train the next guy to help give yourself an edge when the season gets going.
ST: You lead the team with five shootout goals in just seven attempts. Would you describe that as a strong part of your game? What is the key to success in the shootout?
NP: Yeah. I think just being comfortable in the situation and having confidence in whichever move you’re attempting goes a long way.
ST: Last season you, Matthew Wedman and Donovan Neuls formed a veteran group at your position. What was the competition like between you three?
NP: They’re both great players and fit their role well. It wasn’t so much a competition, however, it made me work hard for my ice time and kept me motivated to constantly work on my game.
ST: Coming into your fourth season are you looking to take a leadership role with the team?
NP: Yes, I am. I think it’s important as a 20-year-old to think that way and I believe I can be good leader on this team.
ST: What are your expectations for yourself and the team in 2018-19?
NP: For myself I never like to set goals through numbers I just want to be a better all-around player than I was last season. As for the team I think every year the goal should be a championship.
ST: What was it like joining the T-Birds and playing with teammates you had competed against your first two seasons? Were there any memorable encounters?
NP: To be honest not really. We only played them once per season so there wasn’t much time to build any rivalries.
ST: What is the one hobby you have outside of hockey that would surprise people?
NP: I love playing basketball in the off season.
ST: What’s a TV show that is binge-worthy on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime?
NP: Peaky Blinders.
ST: That’s all the time we have for today. Thanks for chatting with us Noah!
NP: Okay. Thank you.
Seattle Thunderbirds Public and Media Relations Intern Cody Levy conducted the Q&A with Noah Philp. The team will be posting Q&A’s during the offseason with returning T-Birds players.