We recently had a chat with Jimmy Vesey of both the Nashville Predators and the Harvard Crimson. He grew up in North Reading, Massachusetts. In his freshman year (this year) he was the Ivy League Rookie Of The Year with 18 points in 27 games. Just some cool facts about his family, his dad Jim, played college hockey at Merrimack, and after college hockey went on to play in the NHL for both the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins. Jimmy was drafted by the Nashville Predators 66th overall in 2012. He’s a great follow on Twitter and you can follow him @19Vesey. You can also follow me on Twitter @HkyBlogger. If you like us make sure to “like” our page here: https://www.facebook.com/NotYourAverageHockeyBlog. Got a question, comment, or concern? Leave a comment below, and I promise I’ll get back to you! I’m not going to drag this on any further so without further ado… Here’s our interview with Harvard Crimson and Nashville Predator’s forward, Jimmy Vesey!
As per usual, we’re in bold.
So first things first, how has your day been?
My day was relaxing today. I just got out of school, so I’m taking the week off before getting back in the gym Monday. I slept in, got some ice cream with my sister, and hung out with my family.
Whats a day in the life of Jimmy Vesey?
Usually, at school, I’m up around 9 o’clock for a day of classes before heading down to the rink around 2 o’clock. There, we have practice and a lift, and then I usually grab dinner with the guys. Then, I’ll go back to my room, do some homework, listen to music, and try to get into bed at a reasonable hour.
Any cool facts about you?
I’ve taken five years of Mandarin Chinese and hope to be fluent by the time I finish college.
Growing up, what was it like having a father who played professional hockey?
Having my dad around was the best thing I could’ve asked for. He taught me everything I know about hockey, and also taught me a lot of life lessons about how to conduct myself off the ice and how to be a man. His knowledge of the game was second to none – he really knows hockey inside and out.
What are you studying at Harvard?
Right now, I haven’t declared my major, but I think that I will eventually decide to concentrate in government.
I was doing some research, and I stumbled on some thing I must ask. You’re a member of the Chinese National Honor Society? How did you into that in the first place?
I took four years of Chinese in prep school, and it turned out to be my favorite subject. I got pretty good at it, and my teacher put me in the application process for the National Chinese Honor Society. I had to give a resume and stuff like that and was eventually accepted. - (wow! Maybe I should try to interview him one day in Mandarin!)
So we’re doing an interview with your teammate Alex Fallstrom as well, do you have any secrets you could expose about him?
He was our team DJ in the locker room this year. He actually did a pretty good job, mixing it up with a lot of techno and country. Terrible dancer though. - (can’t wait until I interview Alex and ask him about his dancing skills!)
What kind of player do you consider yourself?
I consider myself an offensive-minded forward who can play a skill game and can also be a power forward. I like to make plays in the offensive zone with the puck and think I have the ability to score and make the pretty pass.
What is your biggest strength hockey-wise?
I think my biggest strength is my hockey sense in the offensive zone. I think I have a natural ability to score goals in the offensive zone and make plays.
Where do you think you can improve on?
I think the biggest areas to improve for me are my skating and my strength. Those are gonna be key areas to focus on as I move to the next level.
So take us back to when you were drafted. What was it like?
Being drafted was an unbelievable experience. I got to be at the draft and experience it with 15 family members so it was awesome. Sitting there can be a little nerve-wracking, but hearing my name called was surreal. It is definitely something that I will never forget.
If there was one thing you’ve learned from representing Team USA at the 2013 U20 World Junior Championship, what would it be?
I learned to never give up. I had no prior international experience and never thought I’d make the team after the summer tryout and even during the pre-tournament camp. I ended up making the team as the 13th forward and working my way into a bigger role. The experience taught me to always be positive and never give up!
Team USA Gold Medal, Getting Drafted, or Ivy League Rookie of the Year, what was the best?
I think the gold medal was the best. I don’t know if I’ll ever get a chance to play for my country ever again. It truly was a once in a lifetime opportunity and an awesome experience that couldn’t have gone any better.
The highlight of your career so far, what is it?
Scoring on Malcolm Subban vs. Canada in World Juniors. - (if you’re curious, the photo is the goal he’s talking about!)
How about your lowest point of your career?
Not getting drafted in my first draft year. I thought it was going to happen, so I was pretty crushed when I wasn’t selected.
How did you persevere from that?
I tried to play from then on like I had something to prove. I used not getting drafted as my motivation for that summer and the next season.
So the next part is a lightning round. This is where people really learn about you as a person! I don’t want you to think, just answer. Your answer doesn’t even need to make sense. Just answer! Ready?
Chicken Parm - (ohhh, that’s good. haha)
Put all the right-side of my equipment on before the left (socks, shinpads, skates, elbow pads), play soccer with some of the guys before warmups, stand in the same spot for the national anthem.
Mac or PC?
If you weren’t aspiring to be a NHL player, what would you be aspiring to be?
Probably an MLB player
iPhone or Android?
One place you want to visit?
Best prank you’ve seen or done?
Clear tape on someone’s skates
Favourite class as a kid?
Pet peeve in people?
Do you have any advice for aspiring hockey players?
My advice to young hockey players would be to never give up and don’t listen to people’s negativity. Focus on what you do best and never stop working hard.
Any suggestions on who we should interview?
Brian Hart, Tommy O’Regan, or Dan Fick
Thank you for your time!