The Stars first round pick in the 2011 draft (14th over all) has been in all of the news as of late as the National Junior teams all over the world hold their summer camps and get ready for the exhibition games in Lake Placid. NHL.com’s Mike G. Morreale took some time to interview and catch up with the defensive prospect.
And here are some excerpts:
Canada’s head scout Kevin Prendergast on getting Jamie sold on Team Canada:
“Sure, it was probably tough at the dinner table having an American mom and Canadian dad,” — “But this is his first attempt at being a part of the Team Canada scenario. We had to do a lot of selling to get him here and play, and I’m glad he made the decision to play for Canada.”
Oleksiak on the decision to leave Northeastern University to play in the CHL:
“But for me, it was more from a personal development standpoint, I think, why I made the decision. I wanted to kind of focus on hockey and get more games in and felt the CHL was that kind of the path. I had an opportunity to play 60 more games and there’s more focus on the hockey and the on-ice aspect of the game. That’s what I really wanted, so that kind of factored into the decision.”
Oleksiak on the learning experiences of development camps:
“You can always learn something from any camp you attend but the thing I really took from U.S. camp last year was the professionalism,” Oleksiak said. “All the players came into that camp with a job they wanted to do, and that’s what really rubbed off on me. I saw that and that’s kind of how they approached the game on and off the ice … a lot of dedication. That’s the same thing I see here in Canada camp … there are a lot of dedicated and focused kids. I want to bring that maturity in and be one of those guys with a solid work ethic.”