It’s been awhile since we’ve had a proper Admirals Roundtable feature story. The reason being that I wanted to find a way to incorporate as many players as I can rather than selecting a few and telling their story as I have in the past. Part of why I love covering the Milwaukee Admirals, and hockey for that matter, is that all the players in the locker room are quality people with great stories worth sharing. Which brings me to this new feature for Admirals Roundtable.
What I’ll be doing in the 2016 side of the calendar is talking to each member of the Admirals that I possibly can get to and ask them a series of fifteen questions. Those questions might change up here and there but I think you’ll find for as simple as the questions are they provide fun answers and stories.
My first selection to test run this feature story series was none other than Admirals team captain Colton Sissons. I told him that he was going to be my guinea pig for Fifteen because, well, who better to start with than the captain? Let’s all get to know Colt the Bolt a little better, shall we?
Admirals Roundtable: What were your inspirations to play hockey?
Colton Sissons: My inspirations to play hockey. I mean, hockey was the first sport I ever really knew. And I had a passion for it since I started when I was a young kid. So, chasing the NHL dream was my inspiration as a kid.
AR: When did you realize that you were going to be playing hockey for a career?
Sissons: Probably when I was maybe sixteen or seventeen when I started getting looked at in the NHL scouting stuff. Heading into the draft I knew it was for real.
AR: Who was the first famous player that you got to meet?
Sissons: It was probably one of the Canucks when I was growing up. I think I remember Trevor Linden coming out to one of our practices in Vancouver one time.
AR: What’s your greatest hockey moment to this point?
Sissons: Probably my first NHL game in Winnipeg. That was almost too much – because I can hardly even remember it now – but it was the pinnacle for sure.
AR: What was the most memorable goal that you’ve scored?
Sissons: Probably my first NHL goal two-years ago against the Sabres. That was pretty cool. (AR: That was a pretty crazy goal celebration too. It was a frenzy.) Yeah, Rich Clune and I behind the net. I’ll remember that one for sure.
AR: What is the strangest game that you’ve played in?
Sissons: I mean, our 10:30AM game in Iowa was pretty wild for me. That was interesting. That’s probably the craziest– [interrupts self] Actually, even when I just got called up recently when we beat the Jets 7-0 I had never seen ten guys in a penalty box at once. So, that might be the craziest experience I’ve had. (AR: That was the most surreal game I think I remember watching from Nashville’s perspective.) Yeah, for sure. So, we’ll go with that one.
AR: What’s your most embarrassing hockey memory?
Sissons: I have a go-to answer to this. I’ve been asked this in the past a few times. I think it was one of the first times I was skating. My mom was dressing me that day, which was the problem, and I ended up going out on the ice and my pants fell down to my ankles – my hockey pants. I think I took a spill after that. (AR: How old were you when that happened?) Oh, I was probably six or seven.
AR: What’s your most painful hockey moment? And I look at you and you still have your Harry Potter scar going on there from a high stick. Was there anything worse than that?
Sissons: Yeah, probably when I broke my collarbone. That one hurt pretty bad a few years ago in junior hockey.
AR:What is your favorite hockey uniform?
Sissons: Got to go with the new Admirals. The new Admirals jersey. (AR: Really?) Well, my favorite one growing up was probably the Canadiens. Growing up I always loved their jerseys but I love our’s a lot right now. I think they’re pretty cool.
AR: Who is the funniest player that you’ve encountered?
Sissons: My ol’ coach Scott Ford, err, my old captain, new coach. Scott Ford is pretty funny. I’d put him in the conversation for sure.
AR: What’s your favorite aspect of Milwaukee?
Sissons: Probably all the restaurants. I have a few favorite spots to eat around town and I’m a big fan. I like what Milwaukee has to offer. I’m always eating so..
AR: Which brings up a perfect question. What’s your favorite food?
Sissons: I got to go with steak. Steak and po’taters. (AR: How do you take it?) Medium Rare. Always. (AR: I think I’m the only one who has everything Well Done.) Really? Oh, no no no. You can’t do that.
AR: What’s your favorite non-hockey hobby?
Sissons: In the off-season I like golf. Love golfing. So, that’s a big hobby of mine.
AR: What’s your favorite non-hockey memory?
Sissons: Ooh. That’s pretty broad. I got some great memories. [long pause] That’s a tough question, man. (AR: That’s why they pay me the big bucks!) It’s pretty recent. I’ll go with something pretty recent. Last All-Star break, last year, I went home and surprised my family. Had a family dinner for somebody’s birthday. So I thought that was pretty cool.
AR: What do you see yourself doing after hockey?
Sissons: Golfing. [laughing] (AR: Pro Golf?) No. (AR: Going up against Spieth?) No, recreational.
Thanks to Colton Sissons for testing out this feature with me. I now throw a question out to you: who would you like to hear from next on Fifteen?