As part of a summer-long series, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Broadcaster Mike O'Brien will be catching up with Penguins players to see what they have been up to during the offseason.
This week, he spoke with forward Conor Sheary....
For the full interview, check out the audio below.
Q: What’s the first thing you did when you got back to Melrose, Massachusetts once you settled in and took perspective of things?
A: It was a long playoff run, probably my first ever playoff run like that. I took about a week to catch up with some family, some friends and take a week to rest and then I kind of got back into working out. I guess I had my time to see everyone and to hang out with people but it’s back to the gym for me and most of the other players too.
Q: You have the quick turnaround with Development Camp. You finish up the season in the beginning of June and then you’ll be back out next week in Pittsburgh for Development Camp. Really only a month break. How fast did you get back into the training?
A: About a week or 10 days. I think we finished on a Wednesday so I took that week off. I got back into it and like you said I only have three or four weeks to get back into top shape for Development Camp and be ready to go. So pretty much right back at it.
Q: And what did you do with the break? Though it was brief, were you able to get anywhere good?
A: I went down to Florida, so that was nice, it was hot, but it was nice down there.
Q: With your first Development Camp for the Pittsburgh Penguins and your second overall, you were with the New Jersey Devils last year, what are your goals for this camp with the Penguins this summer?
A: I obviously want to make an impression. Not being a draft pick by Pittsburgh, coming in as a free agent for the three months that I had in Wilkes-Barre, I want to show the guys in Pittsburgh what I have to offer and show them my skills. I don’t think they’ve gotten a great look at that, although they came to some of the Wilkes-Barre games. Obviously a new coaching staff, a new GM, I just want to showcase my skills and show them what I have because they might not know as much as they do about me as they do about other players.
Q: As you have had time to think about the end of the regular season and playoff run, and a great one it was for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, what are the lessons now that you’ve learned that you’re able to take into Development Camp and eventually your first full season of pro hockey?
A: The biggest thing for me coming from school is hockey is now all of the time. You don’t have class, you don’t have anything else to worry about. So you get to focus what you can on hockey and take care of your body the right way and eating the right things. I learned that from the older guys, seeing what they do at the rink. They get their early, they stretch, they do whatever. So pretty much what I learned and what I am going to take forward is being a pro and waking up at eight and going right to the rink instead of going to class. It’s a different atmosphere for me. The three months there really helped me learn that. And it’s something I am going to take forward.
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