New England Hockey Journal - August 2016 - 46
Hangin' out with
... brandon Carlo
New England Hockey Journal caught up with Boston Bruins prospect Brandon Carlo
during the club's 10th annual development camp in Wilmington, Mass., to talk about the
37th overall pick from the 2015 NHL draft's start to his professional career, his experience
with Team USA, growing up in Colorado and more.
After four years with the Tri-City Americans of the Western
Hockey League, how do you feel you grew as both a player and a
person throughout your development in the junior ranks? "That
league is great for development. I had a lot of fun throughout my years there.
I felt like I developed in a lot of ways that are helping me progress to become
more like a pro player on and off the ice. Obviously coming in as a 16-year-old
there's a lot of bigger, faster guys than what you're used to. But as you get older
you start to get more confident in your game. You realize you're playing against
younger guys now, and you start to do a little bit better. I felt like it was a great
league, and I can take away a lot of experience from that moving forward."
What was biggest difference jumping you noticed in the competition
from the junior ranks in the WHL to the pro ranks with Providence to
finish this past season? "It was actually a lot like when I was 16 and
started playing in the 'W'. The guys (in the AHL) are a lot stronger, and the
speed of the game is just quick, quick, quick. I had to learn to start moving
the puck a little bit faster, moving myself back into position to retrieve the
puck, and be a little faster in that aspect. That was definitely a big change, but
I felt like I started to get used to it more with each game."
As a 6-foot-5 defenseman, how would you describe your
game? "As of last year, I would have described myself as more of a defensive
guy, and I definitely still rely on my defensive game, but overall I feel like I'm
trying to implement a little more offense in my game. Nothing crazy, just
following the play up a little bit more after I move the puck. I'm starting to be a little
more offensive, but I still rely a lot on my defensive game."
What was your experience like playing in a larger role for the
bronze-medal-winning Team USA group at the 2016 World
Junior Championships in Finland this past winter? "It's a great
honor to be in any situation with USA Hockey and I can take away
so much from that experience. Going to a different country was
so awesome, and playing with (Zach) Werenski and all those
guys, they were all phenomenal. I felt like I handled myself
really well in that tournament and proved myself against all
those players, which felt really good."
And with your junior career officially behind
you, what's the next step as you embark into a pro
career? "I hope to come into the organization this year -
whether that be in Providence or with the Boston Bruins - and I'm
looking forward to going to training camp and proving that I'm ready to
- Ty aNDeRSON
Photos: Dave Arnold/New
England Hockey Journal;
Richard T. Gagnon/
Getty Images (inset)
Team: Boston Bruins organization | Position: Defense | Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Honors/achievements: Served as captain for Colorado Thunderbirds Under-16 team in
2012-13. ... Member of silver-medal-winning Team USA at 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial
Tournament. ... One of 40 prospects selected to take part in 2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects game
(Carlo was named to Team Don Cherry). ... Served as assistant captain for Tri-City Americans from
second season on. ... Has twice represented Team USA in U-20 World Junior Championships,
winning bronze in 2016. ... Signed entry-level contract with Bruins on Sept. 25, 2015. ... Began
pro career with Providence Bruins on April 1, 2016, and recorded first career pro point with assist
vs. Springfield Falcons on Apr. 13, 2016.
Pregame meal: "Quinoa and chicken.
I got into quinoa after I figured out pasta
wasn't the best thing for me."
Favorite artist: "I'm a country guy, so
Chris Young. I like his deep voice because I
can get there, too. It's good to sing along
Favorite actor/actress: Julianne Hough.
Favorite movie: " 'Troy.' The battle scenes
Favorite TV show: " 'Gotham.' I'm just
hooked on that right now."
Favorite team: "The Denver Broncos.
Being a Colorado guy, you stick to the
Favorite athlete: Peyton Manning
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of New England Hockey Journal - August 2016
NEHJ August 2016
Our Starting Lineup
Around the Region
Bruins Beat: Ryan Donato
NHL New England
NHL New England Digital Directory
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NEHJ Skate Guide: Brand Loyalty
NEHJ Skate Guide: Sharpening 101
NEHJ Skate Guide: Buyer's Guide
Prep/High School Guide
NEHJ TV EPISODES
The Goalie Guru
The Hockey Mom
Summer Camp Directory
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