25-year-old Kyle McNeil has found himself uprooted from his hometown of Cambridge, On, to play hockey in North Carolina as a FayetteVille FireAntz. Before signing with the team in 2011, McNeil played OUAA Hockey with Brock University, QMJHL with the Victoriaville Tigres, Acadie-Bathurst Titan, and Val d’Or Foreurs, as well as OHL with the Peterborough Petes.
Find out if Kyle is a Mama’s Boy, thinks long-distance relationships can last, and what he thinks about fights in hockey.
40 Questions with Kyle McNeil
1. What sports did you play growing up?
I played Hockey and Baseball all the way until I was 15 and then I had to make a decision as to what one I wanted to keep playing competitively. It was probably around age 15/16 when I wanted to give hockey a real shot.
After a couple of years of playing Major Junior, you start to realize that the window of opportunity to make the Big Time (NHL) becomes smaller, as you get older, and you have make a decision as to playing Minor Professional Hockey, or hanging your skates up.
2. Which team/player did you look up to the most, growing up?
Toronto Maple Leafs, hands down. They are every kid’s dream growing up in Southern Ontario. I was a big Wendel Clark fan. He was the jack-of-all-trades on the ice.
3. If you weren’t playing hockey for a living, and couldn’t do anything hockey-related, what would you do?
I’ve got a few ideas, actually. My family has a business called McNeil Auto Supply, that’s been in the family for 57 years. My grandpa started it back in 1956, and It always interested me, because its family and tradition.
I would also like to be a firefighter, as I like the team mentality.
I’d like to scout/coach for either a junior team or a professional team, so that’s another option.
5. What has been your best hockey-related memory, to date?
There have been a few, but if I had to pick one, it would be getting up at 5am as a young kid; getting half dressed in my equipment, and driving to the rink with my dad and mom for Saturday morning practice.
6. In three words, how would your teammates describe you? Would your family and friends describe you the same way?
Passionate, Gritty, and Outgoing, and I would hope so haha.
7. Any mottos or sayings you live by?
I have a couple.
“If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score?”- Vince Lombardi
“Respect all, fear none.”
8. If you could put together a fantasy hockey team, with any players, past or present, who would be on your roster?
Wendal Clark, Wayne Gretzkey, Pavel Bure for Forwards.
Defence would be Paul Coffey and Nic Lidstorm.
Felix Potvin for Goalie.
9. What city would your Fantasy team be in?
Las Vegas. This kind of line up needs to unwind a bit.
10. Players are getting more into fashion, with a number posting their OOTD (outfit of the day) on Twitter/Instagram, and stepping it up a notch with their post-game suits. How important is personal style to you?
This is my bread and butter; I live by the motto: look good, feel good, play good.
If you’re going to try to look good, you have to know how to dress. I have a few options I go with, but my go-to is my Paul Smith suit.
11. How would you describe your own personal style, in three words?
Elegant, Smooth, and Saucy.
12. What do you feel the sexiest in?
Suit for sure.
13. With that being said, what do you think a woman is the most sexy in?
Heels are definitely the sexiest thing on a woman, to me.
14. First three things you notice about the opposite sex?
Smile, Attitude, Ass.
15. How do you keep a relationship going when there’s distance involved?
I don’t haha. I think the hardest part is telling someone you’re with “I’m leaving for half the year.”
16. Favorite pickup line?
I’m a 6, do you want to be the 9?
17. Idea of a perfect date?
Beers, wings and watching hockey.
18. If you could date anyone in the world right now – who would it be?
Scarlett Johansson…been in love with her forever. She just hasn’t realized it yet, it takes time.
19. What’s one of the best locker-room pranks you’ve seen?
The best one I’ve seen? Taking a teammates’ clothes, and hanging them from the top of the arena… when they come onto the ice, and then realize that its their clothes up there…
20. Any funny rookie-party stories you can share with us?
I actually puked on myself when I was a rookie in Junior, and decided it was a good idea to sleep in it. Not something I’m proud, of that’s for sure.
21. Are you superstitious when it comes to games? Do you have any special rituals you have to do before or after the game? Lucky charms?
Always nap for 2-3 hours, hit up Starbucks before, and the first one at the rink.
22. How much trash-talk do you actually talk on the ice?
I usually always say something to the other team haha.
23. If you were watching a game, where would your ideal seats be?
Ideal seats would be in a suite!
24. Any rumors or misconceptions about hockey players you want to clear up? Or confirm?
Fighting belongs in hockey. I’m sick of people talking about how violent hockey is, and how guys get injured.
When you sign up to play, you take the risks and accept it.
25. What is your favorite twitter account to follow, Sports Related, or non-sports related?
Do I really have to answer this? Haha I’m pretty sure I’m speaking for the majority of guys when I say the account ILGD.
26. If you were in charge of getting everyone amped up before a game, what are your top three songs you’d play for the boys?
The Heavy- How Ya Like Me Now
Spiderbait- Black Betty
27. If you were suddenly asked to sign with an NHL team tomorrow, who would you ideally want to play with?
Florida Panthers. Team is in a great location for the players.
I would like to say Toronto, but the pressure and media is on a whole new level.
28. If your life were turned into a movie, which actor would you choose to portray you, on-screen?
Mark Walberg, guys got swag.
30. Because you workout, play, and travel frequently, what do you do to keep your immune system in fighting shape?
Water for sure, along with the right nutrients. It’s hard to make sure your body is getting what it needs when you’re traveling.
31. What does a day of training look like for you, during the season, in terms of your nutrition, and workout schedule?
In season, it’s hard to workout a lot, but id say about 2-3 times a week.
Meals at home are always good for you, but on the road you really just try your best to eat right.
32. Part of working hard, is playing hard. Do you have any secret hangover remedies you can share with us?
Vodka-water is probably the drink of choice if you have an early morning… As for curing a hangover, there isn’t much aside from Gatorade and coffee for me.
33. What’s your favorite cheat meal?
There are so many options for this haha… A greasy breakfast is always good.
35. Are you a Mama’s boy when you’re home?
I’m definitely a mama’s boy.
36. Realistically, five years from now – where do you see yourself? Personally, professionally, etc.
Coaching hockey, along with a job that makes me as happy as hockey has done for me.
37. What’s the best souvenir you’ve got, from all of the cities you’ve played in?
I got a good one in Junior, from my billets in VictoriavilleQuebec. They made me a scrapbook, recapping the year from living with them, to playing hockey. It was special, as I still look at it from time-to-time.
38. QUICK – boxers or briefs?
Briefs. I own 16 pairs of lululemon briefs.
39. If you could nominate someone to be a Sports Babe of the Day on Babes Dig Balls, who would it be?
Miley Cyrus…girls gone from PG to 18A in a blink of an eye.
40. I don’t really think that she’s considered an Athlete, unless we consider her twerking professional dancing? Anyway, last question… Are you Single, Dating, or Locked Down?