Zack Andrusiak finished his second season with the T-Birds in 2017-18. This past season Andrusiak had a team leading 36 goals and 38 assists for 74 points in 72 games played. A native of Yorkton, Saskatchewan, he appeared in five postseason games for the T-Birds. He scored two goals in the postseason, including an overtime winner for the T-Birds against the Everett Silvertips. Today he sat down to answer a few questions about his offseason, expectations for the upcoming season and his interests outside of hockey.
Seattle Thunderbirds: Thanks for joining us Zack. First off, how’s your summer been going?
Zack Andrusiak: It’s been really nice and relaxing.
ST: Do you remember your overtime game-winning goal in Game 2 against Everett in the first round of the playoffs? What did you see in that situation that led to the goal?
ZA: Yeah, I do, I remember Harschy chipped it out to the neutral zone and I picked it up with speed and had some room to skate, so I just tried to make a play and luckily it worked out.
ST: 2017-18 was your first full season with the T-Birds. How would you describe the season both personally and as a team?
ZA: I think we did well I believe we exceeded expectations and I think we improved a lot as players and as a team and things look good coming into this season.
ST: You led the team in goals, was that something you expected and how can you build off that?
ZA: I have a lot of confidence in my abilities and I have always been that type of player, so I’ve just got to keep improving and stay consistent doing whatever I can to help the team win.
ST: You, Nolan Volcan and Donovan Neuls were in a battle all last season for the team points lead. What was the competition like for you with both of those guys?
ZA: I don’t think we really thought about it or put too much emphasis on it we just all tried to do our best every night to help the team win.
ST: You set career highs in nearly every statistical category. What would you attribute that to?
ZA: I think the biggest thing was playing with confidence and being consistent.
ST: What aspect of your game do you want to improve on going into this season?
ZA: Continue to improve in all aspects of the game.
ST: Being the top goal scorer and one of the points leaders, did you take on any kind of leadership role with the team?
ZA: Definitely I try to be a leader for guys whether that’s leading by example or saying the right thing at the right time.
ST: What are some of your interests outside of hockey?
ZA: I’m a sports fanatic so I watch and play all types of sports such as football, baseball, and basketball. I also love playing video games.
ST: What are your expectations for the T-Birds in the upcoming season?
ZA: Continue to build off last year and just make sure we’re improving every day as individuals and as a team.
ST: Which of your teammates is a must follow on social media?
ZA: I would have to say Reece Harsch.
ST: That’s all the time we have for today. Thanks for chatting with us Zack!
ZA: Thanks for having me.
Seattle Thunderbirds Public and Media Relations Intern Cody Levy conducted the Q&A with Zack Andrusiak. The team will be posting Q&A’s during the offseason with returning T-Birds players.