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Shannon Szabados

Being the Newcomer

Q&A with Heather McIntyre  |  November 2009

Q: There are three goaltenders on the final roster. You have national and international experience but how do you feel you measure up to Labonte and St. Pierre?

A: They’ve been on the team for a while and I’m the youngest by quite a few years so I think right now I have it the easiest. I don’t have any pressure on me. I think all the pressure’s on them.

Q: How did playing in the AJHL (Alberta Junior Hockey League) help you?

A: I think playing in the AJHL has given me a lot of experience and definitely helped me grow as a goaltender. It definitely helped me get to where I am right now.

Q: How do you feel about your game so far in 2009?

A: Good. I think I’ve been taking advantage of every opportunity I’ve got so far and that’s what I want to continue to do.

Q: What is the state of the team prior to the Olympics? You guys have been doing a lot of travelling, playing a lot of games in a short period of time.

A: Yeah it’s been hard. We’ve been training on and off the ice six, sometimes seven days a week and then with all the travel involved, it’s been pretty crazy. But it’s all to prepare us for February. It’s will make us arrive in better shape.

Q: What’s it like to play in the different, smaller communities? And to get a chance to start in Edmonton, Alberta – where you’re from?

A: It’s been awesome. The crowds in Edmonton have been some of the best crowds we’ve had all year and it’s been special for me to get to play in front of my friends and family.