Here's a look at when Austin Sutter was in the Central Chat Room recently. They will do chats with several players from different teams throughout the season.
How do you feel about the team overall this year?
I am very excited about our team this year. The season is very fresh, but getting off to a good start helps tremendously. Our team feels very confident, knowing we do have a lot of work. Every team will improve throughout the season. Our goal is to keep improving everyday.
What is it like when players from different leagues like the ECHL, do they adapt to the CHL quickly?
I think that the CHL has improved greatly in the four seasons I have been involved. I have seen players transition from the CHL and ECHL. I know both leagues have a lot of talent and is great hockey watch. The bigger difference in the leagues is probably the average age of it's players. The ECHL has younger players then the CHL.
What do you and coach Pellerin expect from the team this year, where do you see us going this season?
Every teams goal is to win a championship. Our goal is to improve everyday as a team, be competitive each game, and what that leads to hopefully a successful run in the playoffs.
How was your first training camp under coach Pellerin different from your experience with past coaches?
Yes, it's very different. We decided to keep our camp small in terms of the number of players and starting to work on systems early. Mix a little work and conditioning in and so far our teams feels pretty good.
I know that you are a player who steps onto the ice with the attitude of giving your all. Where would rate this group of guys to those you've played with in different seasons?
We feel that we have a team full of good attitude players. Guys that will block shots, back check and pay a price to win. This team ranks high on my list who are willing to buy into a team concept.
I know you have spent a lot of time with youth hockey in Amarillo, what is the best thing about your time donated to youth hockey? Also whats the best advice you could give a young player in Amarillo?
I have a passion for working with kids. The feeling is amazing when you see yourself making a difference in a child's life. When I was a young player, I had the blessing of many players in my community giving back to youth. I feel like it's my turn to give back now. The best advice I could give is to follow your heart. If you love something, give it all you have. If it's sports, music, art, education, or whatever it may be, do it to the best of your ability. Find a passion and fuel your love with hard work, dedication, and the commitment to be the best at what you do.
What do you like the most about playing in Amarillo for the number of years you have played here?
The people are amazing. I could write a book on how many wonderful friends my wife and I have in this town. We feel so blessed to be a part of this community. Amarillo is an honest, hard working city. It's the perfect place for us. Thank you to everyone who makes hockey in Amarillo possible.
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