Q&A with Ryan Aasman

Ryan Aasman is the assistant coach of the Grande Prairie Storm. Gordon Anderson / Daily Herald-Tribune

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Ryan Aasman is the assistant coach of the Grande Prairie Storm.

I was born and raised in Medicine Hat, Alta. where I played all my minor hockey. I played parts of four seasons in the WHL before finishing my junior career in the AJHL for two seasons. The previous six years I had been living in Lethbridge, Alta., using my WHL scholarship to attain a Psychology Degree from the University of Lethbridge while playing hockey for the Pronghorns.

Q: It is Tuesday night, what are you having for dinner?
A: Chicken and Rice. It is all I know how to make.

Q: If you didn’t do what you do for a living, what would you be?
A: Firefighting. I took my EMR at the Lethbridge College. However, I am scared of heights. So it’s a good idea I am a coach. However, the best job ever would be a bullpen catcher in the MLB!

Q: What person has influenced your life the most?
A: My parents. Wouldn’t be the person I am without them and can’t thank them enough for everything.

Q: What is your favourite sport?
A: Hockey for sure. But I love following baseball, football and basketball. I enjoy watching golf and tennis as well.

Q: Favourite movie of all time?
A: “Slapshot!” I use many quotes from that movie every day at the rink. Unfortunately, the athletes have no clue what I am referring to.

Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve?
A: When Matt Keillor had his fifth cup of coffee and it is 8 a.m. and he is wired.

Q: What’s your most embarrassing moment?
A: Tyler Ennis six-goal game. That was not fun.

Q: What’s your favourite TV show?
A: “The Office.” I can quote every line from every episode.

Q: If you could have one super power, what would it be?
A: The Power of Flight! I could go anywhere fast and overcome my fear of heights.

Q: What’s the one thing you haven’t done that you would love to do?
A: I would love to go to Europe and watch hockey and learn about their style of hockey in more depth.

Q: If we’re buying, you’re having…?
A: Steak!

Q: Last book you couldn’t put down?
A: “The War Room.”

Q: If an actor could play you in a movie, who would it be?
A: Will Ferrell. Funny guy, bad bod.

Q: What is the best thing about Grande Prairie?
A: Coming to the rink every day and loving my job!

Q: What do you find most rewarding about as being an assistant coach for the Storm?
A: Building relationships with each athlete. I enjoy being someone that they can trust that cares about development, not only as hockey players, but as young adults. No matter what the situation, I love being someone they can turn to.

Q: What are some of your short-term and long-term goals with the team?
A: My short-term goal will always be focusing on having a productive day today. What can we do as a staff today to make our team better? That is all we can control. Long-term goals are to win an AJHL Championship and get as many athletes that we can to the next level.

Q: If you could go anywhere in the world on a holiday, where would you go and who (living or dead) would you take with you?
A: I would love to take my mother to somewhere hot. A place she would love to go to. She deserves the world.

Q: What do you do to relax?
A: Mostly video. The job never stops. But I do enjoy watching football on Sundays, watching NHL games, watching our local GPAC teams, and beating Malcom Wilmot at video games.

Q: What are your words to live by?
A: “You miss 100 per cent of the shots you don’t take—Wayne Gretzky,” – Michael Scott

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