One of my favorite times of the year is camp time. I love Prospect Camp and Rookie camp. There are certain names that stick out above the rest, and certain players that I like to watch develop over the others. Radko Gudas is one of them. I can’t wait for the day he is in a Lightning uniform for the whole season! He currently plays defense for The Norfolk Admirals, The Tampa Bay Lightning’s AHL affiliate. He was selected by the Lightning in the 3rd round (66th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He’s a beast on the ice and truly loves defending his goalie. I had the opportunity to interview him a couple of weeks ago. Half of the questions were questions that I gathered from his fans, and the other half were questions that I asked so that we could get to know him better off of the ice.
The fan portion:
1. Who do you look forward to playing with the most? -Joshua Flack
You mean our team in Norfolk? Its all of the guys, I like the guys..we have great group of guys.
2.Which fight did you like better? Aaron Voras or Drayson Bowman? -HockeyBay
I would say Aaron Voras. I just feel better about that one.
3. What area do you think you need the most improvement on? -Dustin Stauffer
I think if I want to play in NHL a need to improve everything still.
4. What do you enjoy the most about being a defenseman?-Dustin Stauffer
I like to protect my goaltender also taking away chances from other team.
5.What was your impression of Coach Boucher’s Training Camp? -Sheryl Hickle
He is awesome coach and he knows how to fire up a team, I really love that.
6. Not a question but Everett says hi and they miss you!
I miss Everett too.
7. If you had the chance to turn someone onto hockey, what would you say to them? How would you describe hockey to someone unfamiliar with the sport? -Sabrina Darbonne
I would tell them that hockey is great sport, and you can always have something to look at: fight, play, goal, hit. You won’t get bored of one of the fastest sports in the world.
8. When are you going to sign up for Twitter? -Multiple fans
haha I don’t know… I’m happy with Facebook.
9. Do you have any (hockey) superstitions? -Suzette Heather Hillis Saledo
10. What kind of music do you listen to? -Angie Hamilton
I listen to everything. I’m not really picky, depends on what mood I am in.
The Bolts By The Bay Portion:
1. At what age did you start playing ice hockey, and what made you decided to pursue it as a career?
I always loved the game and I started playing hockey I believe at age of 3 or 4? As soon as I could. My dad put me on skates and that pretty much made my decision.
2. What player(s) did you look up to the most growing up?
Scott Stevens and my dad.
3. What is your favorite ice cream?
I dont eat very much icecream, but I like Carte D`Or Tiramisu.
4. Do you have any hobbies? If so, what are they?
I like ballroom dancing.
5. Do you have any pregame rituals? (If so what are they?)
I do, but they are secret. I’m sorry.
6. What is your favorite movie or TV show?
Family Guy haha and for the movie, probably Rocky.
7. What is your most embarrassing moment?
HaHa that’s too embarrassing!
8. What are your pet peeves?
I don’t know.
9. What is something about yourself that most people don’t know?
I like ballroom dance, and I’m not bad at it!
10. If you could give a younger you advice, what would it be?
I would say, dont change anything and work even harder.
11. What is your biggest achievement?
To be part of The Lightning Organization.
12. If you could have dinner with any 3 people, living or dead, who would they be?
Charlize Theron, Katy Perry and Angelina Jolie.
13. If you had to pursue another career, what would it be?
I would like to try American Football.
14. If you could relieve a single moment in your life, what would it be?
I like my life, there is nothing I would relive, I love it how it is.
I would like to personally thank Radko for taking the time out of his busy schedule to sit down and answer all of these questions! He’s a really nice guy, and would make a great fit in a class-act organization like The Lightning.
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