10 questions with TMU Bold’s Kai Edmonds

TORONTO, ON – With nine wins in 10 games, Kai Edmonds been a steady presence for the Bold in his rookie campaign, as he draws on experience from a cup of coffee at the pro level. Always happy to go to the rink, it’s evident that Edmond’s attitude influences his teammates

49 Sports’ Michael Pagani sat down with Kai Edmonds to chat about his experiences. 

Michael Pagani: What is your game day routine?

Kai Edmonds: I love to get a pregame skate in. If I can’t get a pregame skate or if there’s nothing to do at the arena, I usually go for a walk to get outside. Once I’m done with my walk, I usually go back to my apartment and my roommate Connor Bowie, and I watch Netflix or play video games. The one Netflix series Bowie and I have been watching is Entourage. Surprisingly, most of the boys on the team are COD players. Bowie and I play EASHL. I’m the puck-moving defenceman on the team. I’m not a big fan of the Thursday games because I can’t get my pregame nap in. That’s not something that throws me off, but I like having one. On Thursdays, I have class from 12-3, so it’s hard to get a nap in when we have a 6:00 pm game. 

MP: How did you get into hockey?

KE: I wouldn’t say I had too many bad moments growing up playing hockey. I had a few bad games, and you really have to pick yourself up after those games. One example is getting cut from a spring hockey team. The one thing about goalies is that sometimes they are always on hot streaks, and you can’t have one bad game mess with the flow of how things may be going for you. The best idea is to just flush away the bad game and come out in the next game as even keel as possible. 

MP: Who are some of your role models?

KE: Carey Price was definitely someone I wanted to model my game after growing up. Nowadays, I have to say Andrei Vasilevskiy. I think my game is a bit similar to Vasy’s. I’m an athletic, big goalie. The one thing in the future that I would love to emulate is his eye tracking, where his eyes open three inches wide. He looks like a serial killer that way. 

MP: What was that one game for the Marlies like for you?

KE: That’s a funny story. I was out snowmobiling with my dad, ten minutes away from my house. I had my phone on me, but it was in my snow pants pocket, so I didn’t have it readily available to pick up the call. My agent ended up calling me, but I missed it due to my phone being in my snow pants pocket. My agent then called my dad, and my dad told me to call my agent immediately. We talked on the phone, and I asked, “when do they need me?” My agent told me to arrive as soon as possible. The game itself was great! I didn’t start, but to get that one game of AHL experience was awesome. I enjoyed my short time with the Marlies. The way they handle their development is great. I was on the ice for 20-30 minutes with the goalie coach. 

MP: Take me through your first OUA start against York

KE: My first game against York was great. The unfortunate part was at the start when we were late to the game, probably because of traffic. We had a quick warm-up. For goalies, that first puck you want to see from a distance, it’s not preferable if it’s a grade-A scoring chance. The first puck I saw was in the slot, and the shooter rang it off the post. We played pretty well defensively in that game. I’m a big communicator with my defence, and thankfully we didn’t have many communication problems. Not too many changes when you come into a new team. The only thing that may change is the quantity or quality of shots that you face.

MP: How have you liked how the team has rebounded after losses so far this season?

KE: I’ve liked how we’ve rebounded. We didn’t play as good of 20 minutes as we could’ve against Guelph [the team’s first loss]. The one important thing is to manage the puck and set the tone. We can’t afford to allow other teams to dictate how we play. If we play our game and do not fall into other teams’ game plans, then we should be one of the best teams in the country. When playing that game against Guelph, with it going to overtime, I think of it in two different ways. One way, you have teams trading chances back and forth and breakaways happening every second. The other way is one team holding possession for the entire time. With there being so much open space, you have to be ready for everything. Although the weird thing is they added the extra two minutes to overtime to make it to seven-minute overtime. I wouldn’t mind it if they brought it back down to five minutes. I’m a big fan of the shootouts. 

MP: Take me through the day you committed to TMU

KE: Before committing to the school, I wanted to get some tryouts with pro teams to get that experience, so I’m still very happy I did that. When Johnny Duco was showing me around that day, I really liked the facilities the team had, such as the MAC. There were a couple of big deciding factors, such as the team last year going to Nationals and having this young core. The one other team I was talking to was UNB.

MP: You had the chance to go up against UNB, one of the best teams in the country. Was that more of a measuring stick game?

KE: Exactly. We knew those games would be great to be used as “measuring stick” games to see where we stack up against the top team in the country. Year in and year out, UNB is a top team in the country. I believe those two games against UNB at the start of the year will help us down the road when we play in those tight, close playoff games. 

MP: What is the potential of the TMU Bold this season?

KE: I believe we can go as far as we want to go. We could win everything we want to. It’s really going to depend on how we play. Ultimately, we control our own future. When we control the puck and make smart plays, the games usually go well. Shift in and shift out. If we do that for a full 60 minutes, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t win.

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