Standing at 6’3”, todays SBOTD uses his size and goal scoring ability to make his presence known on the ice. Pat Maroon is a great teammate on the ice, but an even better father and friend off the ice. The St. Louis native is buddies with our pervious featured SBTOD’s Kyle Kraemer (@cosmokraemer), Brandon Bollig (@Bollig87), and Brock Wilson (@Wilsonb25).
Pat began his road to the NHL around the age of five years old. He loved the sport but was not extremely committed to making it to the next level until Kelly Chase came around. Chaser reminded Pat what it takes to get to the next level and pushed him to get there. After playing juniors for two years Pat, moved to the London Knights in the OHL and eventually signed to the Adirondack Phantoms. He was traded to the Syracuse Crunch, and today is with the Anaheim Ducks after being called up from the Norfolk Admirals. To learn more about our babe, check out his interview below…
19 Questions with Pat Maroon:
1. At what age did you start playing hockey? When did you realize you wanted to pursue it professionally? Did anyone have some influence on your decision to go pro?
I began playing hockey around the age of 5. I realized that I wanted to pursue my dream of playing in the NHL during my junior years with the St. Louis Bandits. Kelly Chase was the biggest influence influenced on my decision to go pro, he always pushed me to my limits and made me really commit to the sport.
2. Up until this point, what is your proudest achievement in both your career and life?
I’ve had a couple moments within my career that I identify as my proudest achievements; winning the national championship with the St Louis Bandits and scoring my first NHL goal are my top two. In my life my proudest achievement is having my son, Anthony.
3. When you were playing youth hockey what coach reinforced your love of the game and how did they do that?
Jeff Brown and Kelly Chase were the two coaches that reinforced my love for the game. They made me commit to the game and understand what it takes for me to get to the next level.
4. Each athlete has some way to mentally prepare for a game…what is your method before the game and how do you stay mentally focused during a game?
I get dressed from right to left (without even really realizing it) and focus on preparing my mind for the game.
5. What if any obstacles have you overcome during your career?
The biggest obstacle I have overcome during my professional career was being released from the Adirondack Phantoms. It was a reality check that made me look in the mirror and realize what I had done wrong, and I had to do my best to fix it.
6. Do you have a crazy pre-game ritual or meal?
Before every game I eat angel hair pasta with vodka sauce and chicken.
7. Who was your role model growing up?
My role model was and still is Todd Bertuzzi of the Detroit Red Wings.
8. Where is your favorite place to play on the road? Why?
I absolutely love Vancouver; it is a beautiful city with great fans.
9. If we were to look at your top 3 songs played on your iPod, what would they be?
- Jason Aldean- Dirt Road Anthem
- Anything Luke Bryan
- Anything Justin Moore
10. How would best you describe yourself in three words?
11. Would your teammates/friends agree with the last questions? If not how would they describe you in three words?
- Great leader
12. Where do you see yourself after you hockey career?
I would love to get involved with youth hockey and maybe even become a coach when my career is over.
13. Are you single, dating, or locked down?
I am currently single.
14. Many girls are just dying to know where they would get taken on a first date…what is your idea of an impressionable first date?
I’d pick her up, take her to a nice steak dinner, maybe a movie afterwards, and end the night with a sleepover.
15. What is one thing that can turn your mood around instantly?
My four year old son Anthony can make me smile at any time.
16. Describe fatherhood in three words.
17. Most athletes love their cars…what kind of car do you drive now and what is your dream car?
I currently drive a Nissan Maxima but my dream car would be a Ford F-250 pick up truck.
18. Do you have a favorite quote/motto that you take to heart?
“I’m here for a good time not a long time.”
19. Who would you feature as our next SBOTD?
My teammate, Mat Clark (@MatClark2) would be perfect.
Thanks to Pat for taking the time to sit down with me for the interview! Be sure to follow him on twitter @patmaroon to keep up with him during the off season.