In case you missed it, a nice interview with Matt Donovan at newsok.com in his native Oklahoma, after he was honored at the March of Dimes Mercy Sports Headliner Banquet.
A few excerpts:
On making the NHL:
Words can't describe what it was like to get the call to play in the NHL, a kid from Oklahoma, the first born and raised Oklahoman to make it to the NHL. You don't even dream of something like that coming from Oklahoma. Every kid dreams of growing up and playing in the NHL when you grow up playing hockey but it's hard to think of that when you grow up here. It was definitely a dream come true. Hopefully there's more to come and hopefully it's next year.
On his approach and adaptation in the AHL:
I'm an offensive defenseman so I like scoring goals, getting assists and getting points. Guys in the AHL and in the NHL are so good offensively. The forwards, they can score with no problem. It's tough to focus on defense first but I had to let that offensive mentality go a little bit. That's the hardest part, staying solid defensively and thinking about offense after that.
I played almost a full season in the minors before I got the call. That was a new experience playing in Bridgeport. I had to learn how to play the pro game. It's a lot different than college. Guys are a lot older, faster and stronger. You have to adapt and keep adapting. I was lucky enough to have a great season and get the call.
And what he needs to do next:
This year I focused on being mentally and physically involved in the game. It's hard playing so many games to be into the game every game. You play 76 games in a season and it's tough to be ready and play at your best every game. That's kind of something you learn being a pro. You have to teach yourself what you need to do to get ready. I definitely think I got better at it and hopefully that helps me get to the next level next year.