Periodically during the summer, you will have the chance to ask questions of your favorite Admirals players. Just email your question and it may be answered on norfolkadmirals.com! Make sure to check back periodically to see who will be on the clock next.
The "Catching Up" series continues this week with 2008-09 Admirals defenseman Scott Jackson. Jackson, who was signed as a free agent by the Tampa Bay Lightning last summer, made his professional debut with the Admirals this past season. He appeared in 34 games with Norfolk and registered four assists and 14 penalty minutes. The rookie blueliner suffered a lower-body injury in late February and missed the remainder of the season. Jackson, who was originally a second-round draft pick of the St. Louis Blues in 2005, skated more than five seasons with the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds and ranks third all-time in games played.
1. How is your summer going?
I spent the first couple weeks at home in B.C. visiting with my family and friends, but mostly counting the days until I was off crutches. Since mid-May I have been in Calgary training and doing rehab for my foot. I am almost 100% now and getting anxious to get back on the ice. I headed to Regina [Saskatchewan] to take part in Jamie Heward's charity golf tournament a couple of weeks ago. Other than that, no vacations planned.
2. What are your plans for the rest of the summer?
I've got a lot of work to do, both on and off the ice this summer. After the prospects camp in Tampa
, I plan to head out to Minnesota for a month to train with a few of the guys and hopefully do some power skating.
3. What was your best memory from this season?
Receiving my letter saying I'd be starting the season with the Admirals and I could find a place to stay. Making the team was my first goal for the season.
4. What feels better to you? Scoring a key or go-ahead goal or delivering a big hit that pumps up your teammates? Is there any better feeling during a game than scoring a goal or giving a big hit? Thanks and go Admirals. Looking forward to the fall. (Lane Miller, Virginia Beach, Va.)
Scoring a goal is always a great feeling, but since I'm still waiting for my first goal in the AHL, I can relate to the big hits a little better haha. I have always tried to be a physical player, and not that I'm not always trying to improve my offensive game, I like the big open ice hit and feel that is the best way for me to help the team.
5. What are your plans or goals for the ‘09-10 hockey season? Hope your summer is going well! (Adrienne Gregory, Virginia Beach, Va.)
Last season was disappointing for me as I had a slow start and then had the injury just as I was starting to feel comfortable. My goal this season is to not ease into things. I need to earn my spot in the lineup from day one.
6. What is your favorite thing to do in Norfolk when you are away from the rink?
A lot of movies are watched in my downtime. It's a good way to relax after practice or a tough weekend on the road.
7. Is your injury repaired and how is your summer training going? What are your hopes for the upcoming year? (Joan Guido, Vancouver, BC)
Over the past two weeks my foot has finally gotten back to 100%. I have been doing what I can at the gym, but without a strong foot it is hard to do any real lower-body training. I am a little behind, but still have a good amount of summer left to concentrate on improving my lower-body strength and agility. I want to play a full season and prove that I can be a solid defenseman with the Admirals and in this league.
8. What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to playing hockey? (Brandy Chandler, Richmond, Va.)
I have always considered myself a smart hockey player that is calm but competitive in big situations. My size has helped, but it alone isn't enough in this league or the NHL, there are plenty of guys my size. I need to improve my agility and overall strength.
PAST CATCHING UP FEATURES:
Click here to read Mike Brown's "Catching Up"
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