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Slap Shot: 5 Questions for Deryk Engelland

Vegas Golden Knights Alternate Captain, Defenceman and Las Vegas local opens up about hockey, family and living (and now playing) in Las Vegas.

 

  1. At what age did you know you wanted to be a hockey player? Who/what sparked your interest?

    My parents. They followed hockey a lot. I don't remember when I first started, but from stories, they said I was one and a half or two years old, sitting and watching and entire hockey game and cheering the team on.

  2. If you weren't an athlete what career would you have picked?

    I probably would have gotten into some sort of trade, like my dad, or farming. Growing up I worked on a farm at my uncle's place. I loved doing that every summer.

  3. What is your biggest accomplishment and why?

    My First game. It was a dream come true. It's a moment you only get once and I will cherish it forever.

  4. As a longtime resident, what is your favorite part about living in Las Vegas? Do you have a favorite restaurant or show?

    The people of Vegas. They're a lot of great people here, so many from different places that can all relate to moving here. It's also more outdoorsy than a lot of people think; I'm a big fan of that. On The Strip, there are a ton of great restaurants, it's hard to choose. One of our favorite restaurants off-Strip is Vintner Grill.

  5. What is your favorite thing about playing?

    The competition. Every game is a battle to be won or lost. Then the team aspect; working with the team and being a part of the team. I love going out there and leaving it all on the ice for the guy next to you.

 

WEB EXCLUSIVE Q&A

  1. You first played in Las Vegas for the Wranglers after turning pro in 2003. What was that experience like? How does that compare/contrast to playing for the Golden Knights?

    The big difference is in the leagues, obviously. Especially the caliber of players and the skill level. Going back, it was a big development for myself as a player. If you asked my coach then, he’d probably have me slotted as six or seventh defenseman and by the end of the year, I was playing top four. They worked with us a lot. It was a big step in the right direction in my career.
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