The wait is finally over. That’s right Petes fans, it is time for another Behind the Petes. This week I sat down with one of the newest members of the Petes, defenceman Brandon Prophet.
Brandon Prophet is a big, strong defenceman with a rare talent for keeping the puck out of his own zone and intimidating any opponents who have ideas of scoring. The 6’3”, 217lbs native of Brockville has a soft side, though. Aside from applying big body checks and being a force at both ends of the ice, “Proph” is a lover of the sweet treat “Muddy Buddies” or “Puppy Chow”, which are a combination of chocolate, powdered sugar, peanut butter and CHEX cereal. One of the kindest, most thoughtful guys out there, Brandon is always ready with a quick smile, especially if you share some muddy buddies with him. This sweet nature is definitely exemplified in his answers to your questions.
So without further ado, here is what Brandon had to say.
Who would you say was the guy that was the first to help you in your transition to Peterborough? – Submitted by Hannah
It would probably be Eric Cornel. We grew up together, we played on the same minor hockey team, and we were drafted to the OHL from the same team. We’ve known each other for quite a while. I remember the morning I got traded he was the first person I talked to. Obviously he’s a great guy, he has a great personality, he’s a great leader, he’s a natural leader, and in respect to the team, you can see why he has the captaincy. On and off the ice he’s a great guy. He definitely made my transition to Peterborough a lot easier, speaking of which, the whole team has great guys in the room but Eric Cornel was the first to help with my transition.
Do you have any before game rituals that you like to do? – Submitted by Sarah
For myself, to be honest, I like to keep moving. I don’t like to lie down during the day or have a nap like some guys do. I just like to keep moving. Just keep things interesting I guess you could say, not to get into too much of a routine.
What is your favourite part so far about being a Peterborough Pete? – Submitted by Megan
I think my favourite part about the Petes, other than just the guys in the room, like I said before we have a great group of guys and it makes being here so fun. I think my favourite part, especially with it being the 60th anniversary, is the heritage. To be able to come into an organization that has such prestige and such heritage behind its name, it’s pretty interesting. Most teams can’t say they’ve been around for 60 years.
If you had an hour with any NHL player to learn new things, who would you pick? – Submitted by Chris
Probably Chris Phillips, growing up he was someone I liked to watch. Playing in Ottawa he was a local guy for me you could say and I really learned a lot from him. To be able to speak with him, to be able to work with him, I think would be amazing and help my defensive zone play a lot.
What sports do you play besides hockey? – Submitted by Taylor
Growing up I played a lot of sports, golf, obviously hockey, basketball, soccer, volleyball, and football. I played a bunch of sports growing up, like I said I like to keep things interesting, but at the end of the day I chose hockey. It’s my favourite sport by far and I love the game.
If you could go back and give advice to your rookie self what would it be? – Submitted by Kaitlyn
I think the most important thing would be to keep a positive attitude. A lot goes on, you join the league when you’re 16 years old and I want to say now I’m a completely different person, but I think the most important thing is to keep a positive attitude, keep moving forward. Keep working towards what your goals are, there are a lot of ups and downs in hockey, but at the end of the day you’re the only one that can get you to where you want to go.
I hope you enjoyed Brandon’s answers as much as I did. You guys submit the best questions. So keep them coming for next week when I sit down with Petes veteran Hunter Garlent. To submit a question for Hunter check out this link.