One of the newest members of the Augusta RiverHawks is Matt Schmermund. According to the RiverHawks’ website, August 12, 2011, the left winger was signed to become part of the “fold”. Schmermund hooked up with Augusta Sports Examiner to bring Augusta fans some insight into his hockey career and what expectations he has upon arrival in Georgia.
Can you give me a short version of your hockey career and accomplishments up to you’re signing with the RiverHawks?
For the past 2 years I played university hockey in Canada for Ryerson University. I lead the team in scoring and was team MVP for both years. I also won Male Rookie of the Year for the entire University. Before Ryerson I played 4 years in the Western Hockey League for the Kamloops Blazers and Portland Winterhawks.
How did signing with the RiverHawks come about?
I signed with the Riverhawks because Travis Dunstall who finished the season in Augusta last year was my roommate at Ryerson, a team mate in Kamloops as well as my neighbor back home in Alberta, Canada. I told him I was looking at playing professional this year, and so, he talked to Brad Ralph about me and gave him my number. From there, Brad called me, and we managed to get a deal done.
What is the best strength that you believe you will bring to the team?
I believe I bring an offensive game with lots of speed, heads up play making, and a goal scoring touch. I can also be used on both the power play as well as the penalty kill.
Do you know any of the players on the team at this point in time? If so, how does it feel to be on the ice with them again?
I played with Aaron McGill in Portland a few years ago, and we got along pretty well. He is a good character guy on and off the ice and is just a good team guy in general.
Is this your first time in the southern United States? If so, what part of southern culture that you have knowledge of are you most interested in?
This will be my first time i have been in the southern states. Portland, Oregon is the furthest south I have been, so I am definitely looking forward to the weather and the different lifestyle. I am also an avid golfer, so playing golf in January will be a huge bonus as well as something to brag about back home to my dad in Canada while he shovels four feet of snow off the drive way. HAHA!
What southern food would you mostly likely try first?
I would have to say the first southern food I will most likely try is lobster. I love lobster from back home so I am curious if it tastes better down south or not.
Is there anything you would like to pass on to Augusta fans as you prepare to come to the Garden City?
I would just like to say I am hoping to play a big role in bringing the Riverhawks a championship to the city, especially after coming so close last year to come up short. Also, I look forward to meeting the fans and am excited to get the season started.