/ FACES Magazine January 2017
Ontario native, Alan Quine, has quickly made a name for himself in the NHL world. Having been first drafted in 2011 by the Detroit Red Wings and then drafted in 2013 by the New York Islanders Quine has finally found his place in the NHL. On September 28th, 2013, the New York Islanders signed Alan to a 3-Year entry-level contract. On April 9th, 2016, Quine was called up from his AHL team, The Bridgeport Sound Tigers, to make his NHL debut against the Buffalo Sabres, in which he scored his very first NHL goal.
After putting up some great numbers in the playoffs for the Islanders and during the summer of 2016, Quine was re-signed by the New York Islanders to a 2-year, $1.225 million contract. Faces Magazine had the chance to speak with the 23 year old to discuss his journey to the NHL and how life as an NHL player has been for him so far.
When did you first start playing hockey and who were
some of your favourite NHL players to watch?
I started playing when I was 2 years old. My parents threw me in a ditch with a stick and I just started playing. I was always a huge Sens fan.
Tell us a little bit about your high school experience
and how did it influence your career goals?
I was kind of like any other student. I was getting by. I always wanted to be a hockey player, but my family made sure I knew that school was very important. The main goal was to be a hockey player. I wasn’t really sure what I would do if that didn’t work out.
Having played for many years in the OHL, what is one
memory that you’ll carry with you throughout your entire career?
I think my last year when I was traded to Belleville and how fun it was to win like that is something I will never forget. The way the team was…it was great.
What was your first reaction after finding out that the Kingston Frontenacs had drafted you second overall in the 2009 OHL priority selection draft and who was the first person you told the good news to?
My family first and foremost was who I told. My dad is always so supportive. Then I told some coaches and old friends.
You played on 4 different teams during your years in the OHL. How was the transition for you going from team to team?
The hockey world is pretty small. All the families, players, and coaches are really well put together. I always felt like home. It was always an easy transition—I think that is what is so special about the hockey world…you can pick up anywhere and get started.
What are some of your favourite things to do here in Ottawa? Any
specific spots that stand out for you?
I do like the Grey Hawk Golf Course. I spend most of my summer there. The market is great, too! I love being home and I love being around Ottawa.
What’s one thing that most people wouldn’t know about you?
My last name is from the Isle of Man. It is mispronounced a lot, but that is where it comes from.
You scored a pretty nifty goal in your first NHL game, having batted the puck out of the air into the net. What was this experience like for you?
That was an incredible moment for me—something you dream about as a kid. My parents were there so I got to see them right after and then messages just started rolling in. I don’t think I slept at all that night.
Who’s one guy on the Islanders that you’ve really learned a lot from and how has it affected your relationship?
Well, Tavares sticks out in my mind. He is the kind of guy that you can watch every day and learn from. Strome is also a great role model—someone you can learn a lot from in the game.
What’s your signature pre-game meal? Any post-game meals that you usually stick with too?
I like to go with chicken parm and veggies. I don’t get too superstitious about these things, I just switch it up.
Other than hockey, what are some of your favourite sports to watch and or play?
I love watching golf. I don’t know why, but it is the one sport that I love to tune into—especially on Sundays.
What has been the biggest adjustment you’ve made since joining
the New York Islanders?
The speed and the size of the players is a little bit of a jump, but there are some great coaches and a lot to learn---that makes it easier.
Who controls the music in the locker room before the games?
What types of music do they typically put on?
What about afterwards?
Well, I think Clutterbuck really controls the music. He is good about changing it up---techno, ‘90s, old school. After a big win, we just throw on whatever the crowd has really gotten into during that game. Something new and upbeat.
Being on the road so much, what are your favourite video games to play in your spare time?
I just got into Call of Duty, and of course the PGA Tour game.
What do you think about the new expansion team in Las Vegas?
I think it’s going to be good for the league. Obviously, Vegas is a hot spot and I’m sure it is going to be fun.
What challenges do you think the modern NHL faces?
I can’t really think of any specific concerns or complaints--I’m happy. You know, just being in the league—it’s great.
What’s one part of your game that you’ve really
been working on as of late?
I think the biggest thing for me after coming up from the minors is working on my defensive game—making sure I am a responsible forward.
If you weren’t playing in the NHL,
where do you think you’d be working?
I’d be in the PGA Tour, for sure! I’d be living in Florida and playing 365 days a year. In all seriousness though, I’d probably be in business—somehow involved.