The Junior Experience is a new series that features the same set of questions to a wide range of players. Their responses are very interesting and will give prospective junior hockey a bit of insight to the game...and level of play.
The series continues with Tyler Griffith, a 19 year-old forward from Edmonton, Alberta that finished the 2011-2012 season with the New England Huskies of the Eastern Junior Hockey League after starting out with the Coquitlam Express of the British Columbia Hockey League.
JuniorHockey.com: How did you get introduced to the game?
TG:I was introduced to the game by my dad at the age of three in Edmonton. Back at home we all played so it was pretty normal to start at a young age.
JuniorHockey.com: At what point did the family realize how serious your talent was?
TG: My family and friends started noticing when I was about thirteen and it was just natural for me. Everyone saw how much I loved the game and the talent just came out.
JuniorHockey.com: From that point, how long did it take for the junior coaches to start calling?
TG: It wasn't long until the junior coaches were calling and interested in me, about a year or two.
JuniorHockey.com: Junior hockey can be very expensive, how was your family able to cope with the heavy expense?
TG: Luckily my family had the stability and was able to afford the travel. They would always follow me to tournaments and games around the country.
JuniorHockey.com: In retrospect, did your junior experience meet or even exceed your expectations?
TG: Yeah it absolutely did, juniors has been a great part of my career and its only going to get better from here.
JuniorHockey.com: How did the experience prepare you for the next levels in your career?
TG:Junior hockey prepares you on the ice and off the ice for the next step. It builds you as a person and as a professional. You grow up a lot and understand what you need to do to move on while at the same time enjoying the experience.
JuniorHockey.com: Imagine for a moment that you are standing in a auditorium with 2,000 high level 17 year-old prospects. What would you like to say to them about the junior hockey experience?
TG: Ya know if I was standing in front of 2,000+ seventeen year old prospects I'd let them know that it goes by fast and to work towards your goals and have fun doing it!
Prospects that would like to be featured in this series, should answer the same questions as the player above and email to email@example.com , please also attach a decent large format jpg image.