Extras from the interview and feature on professional hockey player and BC hockey alum Barry Almeida:
1. The Stanley Cup Final ended a few days ago. Who were you pulling for?
I am from Springfield, MA, so I am definitely a hardcore Bruins fan. I love their tough style of play. People can say all they want about hockey, but when it comes to playoffs, there may not be a better form of entertainment.
2. Who do you talk to in the NHL for advice on your career?
One of my good friends is Cam Atkinson--he's a great resource and always helps me with whatever I may need. He and Nathan Gerbe are great to look up to for anything, especially hockey-related stuff.
3. What do you miss the most about BC?
Definitely outside of sports, I miss the environment. There are a lot of really good people there. You won't find many "bad" people at BC. It was easily the best four years of my life--thinking of it always brings smiles and laughs.
4. What made your senior year (2011) a special one, besides the obvious accomplishment in winning the school yet another NCAA title?
Honestly, just going out with a win as a senior year was great, you know, to just end everything on a winning note and go out on top meant so much to me.
5. I imagine you cross paths with a lot of fellow BC alums, especially in the hockey world. What is that like?
It's crazy because when I was playing for the Hershey Bears earlier in the year, I squared off against [fellow BC'er] Brian Dumoulin, one of my really close friends, and it was just a weird feeling. We were always used to competing on the same team, and it was strange to be on opposite sides.
6. What is the biggest challenge you face entering next year--specifically at your position?
Being a smaller guy, I really need to push myself in the offseason to get stronger and quicker. I actually try to stay off the ice as much as possible in the beginning of the offseason, but I just try to maintain a healthy diet and do whatever I can to be the best player I can possibly be.
7. Who is your biggest inspiration?
My parents. They have done so much for me over the years. I'm 24 years old, and I still won't hear the end of it from my mom if I don't check in and text or call her at least once a day.
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