Jack Flinn looks back on his first year in the Q
After being drafted by the Moncton Wildcats, Jack Flinn was traded to the Sherbrooke Phoenix during the 2012 offseason. The 6’6″ goaltender played most the season for the Phoenix, but his season was ended early due to an injury. He was traded to the Quebec Remparts in a deal for young goaltender Gabriel Parent at this year’s QMJHL Draft in Chicoutimi.
Here is what Jack had to say about his first season in the QMJHL and what is to come for him:
You played your first QMJHL game at the age of 16 against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, but unfortunately it didn’t go well and you were pulled during the first period. How did you feel at this moment? Were you worried?
After my first game I was definitely a little bit shaken but I knew that it was mostly just nerves and a bad game. So I knew if I just kept working and relaxed a bit more things would be ok.
About a week after this, you played an excellent game, stopping 43/48 shots in Victoriaville. How did you prepare and train in order to be able to bounce back?
I didn’t train any differently for my second game but I was better prepared mentally and was relaxed. I also was more comfortable and confident in Victoriaville because I had played a very good game there during the pre-season.
In your third game, you registered the first point of the club’s history in a 4-3 SO loss against PEI. What was the mood in the room after the game? Does this make you proud?
I don’t exactly remember the mood but I’m certain we were still a little bit disappointed that we lost but were thinking positively about our first point. I was just happy to have played decently at home for the first time after the Rouyn-Noranda game
You were quite used to receiving lots of shots last year, receiving at least 30 in six of your eighteen games. Are you a goalie that likes to get in the game early with lots of shots in the first few minutes?
Yes! Getting shots early on is always great because it gets you into the game right away.
The Sherbrooke Phoenix was the first team to sign with the “CHLPA”, and many people think this was a major distraction for such a young team. Did this really affect the team’s progression?
For me at least, I didn’t think that it was a distraction at all and it just seemed like people were making a big deal out of nothing, I had not even thought about it again until now.
As a 6’6″ goalie, which NHL goalkeeper is your main model? Who do you base your style on?
I definitely try to learn from Pekka Rinne, but my favorite goalie is Carey Price because I love how he’s always so calm and collected in his crease.
How was having Jocelyn Thibault as your goalie coach an influence on you? How was he to you? Was he available for you?
Jocelyn was great! He was out on the ice with us most days and always did video analysis after we played a game. He always kept things positive and had great advice for me and Jacob.
How was your relationship with Jacob Chouinard? Was he more of a rival or a “partner”?
Jake was definitely a partner. He was always supportive and I could not have asked for a better partner to have in my first season.
You were traded to Quebec during the offseason. What was your reaction?
I’m fine with the trade! I had a great experience in Sherbrooke and Quebec City is just a new beginning.
If you can not, for any reason, reach the professional leagues, what job would you like to have after your major junior career?
I honestly have no idea what I will do after major junior hockey but hopefully I have a little bit of time to figure that out haha!
If you could only pick one, what would be your best memory from Sherbrooke? Is it the first game, the team, the family you lived with, the fans…?
I think my fondest memory of Sherbrooke would have to be my first (and only) win against Baie-Comeau back in October. I had a great game and felt very relieved afterwards.
Thanks a lot Jack and I sincerely wish you the best of luck for next season and hopefully at the 2014 NHL Draft!