In the 2016 WHL Draft the Seattle Thunderbirds selected right wing Payton Mount in the first round with the 19th overall pick. In 2017-18 Mount played in six regular season games recording one assist, which came against the Vancouver Royals on February 9, 2018. He also played in all five playoff games. Mount appeared in 27 games in the CSSHL for Delta Academy Prep where he scored 22 goals and had 27 assists for 49 points. Payton took some time to chat with us about last season and what he is doing to prepare for this coming season.
Seattle Thunderbirds: We appreciate your time Payton. How has your summer been?
Payton Mount: My summer has been really good so far. I have been training hard for next season as well as taking some time off to rest and hangout with my family and friends.
ST: We heard you were at the Spring Camp in Edmonton. How did that go and what were your impressions?
PM: Spring Camp was really fun. I had a chance to meet all the new players who came to camp and see some of the returning guys from last year.
ST: You joined the T-Birds for the first round playoff series against Everett last year. What was that experience like for you?
PM: The experience was awesome! It was really cool to get a feel of playoff hockey and how intense it is.
ST: Did you get a sense of the rivalry between Everett and Seattle, and between our fans, from that first round series?
PM: You can really tell the rivalry between the two teams on the ice and you can hear it from our fans when Everett comes here.
ST: You joined the team from Delta for six regular season games last year. What was the transition like for you going from CSSHL to the WHL?
PM: It was definitely a higher pace of play. You are playing against more experienced players which makes it tougher to get open and score.
ST: You played in the 2017 WHL Cup early last season for Team BC. What was this experience like? And is it going to be strange for you playing this season against teammates from that team?
PM: It was an amazing experience winning gold representing my home province. It was a great group of guys to share the victory with. It will be fun to be able to compete against guys I have played with in the past.
ST: How did playing for Delta Academy last season prepare you to play in the WHL?
PM: It helped me get stronger and faster which I think helped when I got called up this year.
ST: We travel to Victoria for two games on February 5 and 6. Do you your family and friends have these dates marked on their calendar?
PM: Yes, my family has these dates marked on our family events calendar and they are telling all our family and friends that these two days we will all be cheering for Seattle!
ST: You were drafted the day before the start of the 2017 WHL Championship. What was it like being at accesso ShoWare Center and taking Championship series games between the T-Birds and Regina Pats?
PM: It was great first impression of the Thunderbirds organization, from the team they had to the great facility the team plays in and also to see how great and passionate the fans are down in Seattle.
ST: What are you focusing on as you prepare for Training Camp?
PM: I’m focusing on working my hardest and hopefully trying to earn a spot on the roster this season.
ST: What have you been up to this summer that’s not hockey related?
PM: I have been going camping with my family, spending time with my younger brother and going to the lake a lot with my friends.
ST: Thanks for your time Payton, enjoy the rest of your summer and we’ll see you at Training Camp.
PM: Thank you very much!
Seattle Thunderbirds Public & Media Relations Intern Alex Dupille conducted the Q&A with Payton Mount. The team will be posting Q&A’s during the off-season with returning T-Birds players.