CAMPUS EDITION – SPORTS BABE OF THE DAY: Dalton McGrath, #31, Goalie, Brock University Badgers, @dmcgrath91 on Twitter
22-year-old, 185 lbs, 6’1” goalie Dalton McGrath just completed his second year with the Brock Badgers Hockey Team. Previously a 6th round draft pick in 2008 with Barrie Colts in the OHL Priority Selection, Dalton played for the Barrie Colts of the OHL, Stouffville Spirit of the OJHL, Niagara Ice Dogs of the OHL, and The Hamilton Red Wings of the OJHL before starting at Brock University in 2012. Since being on the Badgers team, Dalton is known for being a composed player both on and off the ice, giving his team the stability that they need, getting better and better each and every time he plays. You can now find Dalton in between the pipes, as he stands out blocking shots, not leaving much in the way of rebounds and moving with the puck well!
20 QUESTIONS WITH DALTON MCGRATH
1. How old were you when you first started playing hockey, who influenced you to start playing?
I was 4 years old when I started playing hockey. My dad had the biggest influence on me to start playing.
2. How different is university league compared to the OHL?
I haven’t really seen much of a difference, there are so many guys in the university league from the OHL there isn’t really one.
3. How did you feel after your fight with Sarnia Sting goalie Brandon Hope in 2011?
I felt absolutely unreal! The fans loved it and the boys said I did great, so that’s all that matters in my books.
4. Almost every guy in hockey has a pregame routine what is your and what is your go-to pregame meal?
I try to stick to the same routine every game day, I eat at the same time, then play video games until I have to go to the rink to get ready. My pregame go-to meal is pasta, always.
5. What is your major and why did you choose it?
I’m in general studies right now, I’m young and I’m still trying to figure out exactly what I want to do with the rest of my life.
6. If you weren’t playing hockey, what other sport would you be playing?
I would be playing Lacrosse, I’ve played it my whole life.
7. Not all athletes are class acts, with that being said how do you conduct yourself on and off the ice? Do you consider yourself a role model?
I was brought up well by my parents and they always told me to treat people the way you would want to be treated, so that is one thing I remember on and off the ice. And I would say yes I am, when I see little kids I always try and go out of my way to put a smile on their faces.
8. How do you spend your off season?
I spend it working, working out and skating. Pretty simple.
9. If I looked in your fridge right now, what would I find?
You’d probably find left over food, milk, eggs and a few beers.
10. If you could be the DJ in the locker room, what would your 3 go-to songs be?
My three go-to songs would have to be: Chillin It-Cole Swindell, Talk Dirty To Me-Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz, The Monster-Eminem feat Rhianna
11. What is your biggest accomplishment in life and in hockey?
My biggest accomplishment in life so far would be going to school and figuring my life out, and in hockey it would be making my way through the high levels of hockey one step at a time.
12. What NHL team did you like growing up, and what players did you look up to?
I liked the Toronto Maple Leafs, and really looked up to Marc Andre Fleury, and Ed Belfour.
13. If you were on deserted island, what are 5 things you would want with you?
I would definitely need a knife, water, blanket, flash-light and a tent.
14. Name one embarrassing hockey-related moment?
Skating to the bench at the start of a game and falling in front of all the fans.
15. What is one piece of advice you’d give to the rookie goalies in the OHL right now?
Don’t give up, even when you aren’t playing. When you get your chance you just go out and play your game, and you help your team in any way you can.
16. You have played in many leagues in your career-OJHL, OHL, and now University – what was the hardest part about transitioning to each level?
Definitely the speed of how fast the higher up leagues move.
17. Our readers want to know, single, dating or locked-down?
18. How do you like being a part of the Brock Badgers hockey team and community?
It is great, the guys are awesome, the school is amazing and I’m loving living here!
19. What do you want to be remembered for?
Being a beauty ha ha, but in all honesty all the good I’ve done in the community throughout the years.
20. Who should our next SBOTDCE be?
I think your next SBOTDCE should be, Adrian Volpe, a fellow Brock goalie.
HOT SEAT WITH DALTON MCGRATH
1. Name one player you’ve played with or against that you’re still in awe of?
2. What’s your favourite movie?
3. What’s your perfect meal?
4. Name a unique fact about you that no one else would ever guess about you. (Not hockey related)
I’m an uncle!
5. Name a fear you have.
6. Favourite store or designer
Jack & Jones
7. Favourite city to travel to?
Don’t have a city but I have a place, Prince Edward Island.
8. What is your favourite show that you follow?
Two and A Half Men.
THIS OR THAT WITH DALTON MCGRATH
1. Chocolate or vanilla?
2. Going to the movies or Netflix?
3. Beach house or ski house?
4. Long or short hair?
5. Steak or chicken?
6. Bauer or Reebok?
7. Boxers or briefs or boxer briefs?
8. Comedy or action?
9. Home or Away Jersey?
10. Rap or Country?
Thank you Dalton for taking the time to give us an interview!