Welcome to today’s stop on the blog tour for Zack by Sawyer Bennett! We have some special guests here on the blog – please welcome Sawyer Bennett and the Cold Fury players!!!
Sawyer Interviews the Cold Fury Players
I had a chance to sit down with the boys from the Carolina Cold Fury and asked them a handful of fan questions. Cold Fury Captain, Alex Crossman, as well as linemen Garrett Samuelson and Zack Grantham are here with me.
Alright guys, I have a handful of questions from some of your biggest fans. Think you’re up for this?
ALEX: “We’re ready.”
Excellent. Hockey is a physically demanding sport and requires you to stay in top physical condition. What sort of routine do you follow to stay in shape?
ALEX: *snorts* Do you want the answer pre or post-Sutton?
GARRETT: *howls in laughter* Dude, you know she’ll kill you if you talk about sex in an interview.
ZACK: *shakes his head in disbelief*
ALEX: Obviously during the season, we have practices and team drills, plus a pretty rigorous weight room regimen. In the off season, there is a group of Cold Fury members that meet regularly to run and hit the weight room. We attend whenever our schedules allow.
How do you cope when you are injured?
ZACK: I’ll take this one, since I spent a significant amount of time recently injured and in rehab. I’m not going to lie. It sucks. You spend so much of your life working toward a goal, and once you’ve achieved that goal, you spend your time making sure you stay on top of your game. You always strive to be your best. Then something happens that prevents you from being your best and it sends your world into a tailspin.
My situation obviously had a lot of other outside factors that contributed, but the most important thing you can do is follow your doctor’s orders. Rest when you’re told to rest. Go to therapy when you’re told to go to therapy. And most importantly, don’t let yourself return to the game before you’re ready. The damage could be much worse than the reward.
GARRETT: *places a hand on Zack’s shoulder in a show of support*
What drives you to keep playing the game day after day, week after week?
GARRETT: There is nothing better than stepping onto the ice and having 20,000+ fans screaming for your team. The adrenaline is unreal. As grueling as practices and conditioning are, the games are what make it worthwhile.
ALEX: And The Cup, man. The Stanley Cup. The thought of kissing that beast and lifting it up in the air in victory? That’s what it’s all about.
What is your life plan after hockey?
ALEX: I want to help Sutton at the center. The work she’s doing there is so important and I want to help make a difference.
SAWYER: Really? After all the fuss you made?
ALEX: That’s before I knew Sutton. That’s before I really knew myself.
ZACK: I’d love to get more involved in Ben’s school. Maybe coach his little league team or something.
What is your favorite sport to watch or play outside of hockey?
GARRETT: Golf. There is nothing like hitting the links with Alex, or some of the other guys, having a couple beers, and enjoying a beautiful North Carolina day.
Would you want your children to follow in your footsteps?
ALEX: Only if they want to. I’ve lived a life where I was forced to participate in something I didn’t want to do. I wouldn’t wish that on any kid. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves with that whole kid thing though.
ZACK: Same. I would never force Ben to participate in anything he didn’t want to do. But if he did want to play, I’d be sure to give him all the necessary tools to be successful.
Alright, two more questions and then I’ll let you guys get back to practice. Travel away from loved ones is hard. How do you stay connected?
GARRETT: FaceTime is basically the greatest thing ever created. Olivia and I are big fans. BIG fans.
ALEX: *snickers* Looks like I’m not the only one that is going to have a pissed woman waiting for me at home.
GARRETT: Hey, the road gets lonely. What can I say?
ALEX: Hey, I’m not knocking it. I never knew how great phone sex could be until I met Sutton.
ZACK: God, I love phone sex.
GARRETT: And the photos. So. Many. Photos.
ALEX: So many photos, so few clothes.
ZACK: You’re killing me right now.
SAWYER: I feel like it’s time to move on to the next topic.
ALEX: *shifts uncomfortably in his chair* Yeah, that’s probably a good idea.
Last one, and honestly, I’m not sure this one will be any better than the last. *sigh* How big is your stick?
ZACK: *chokes on his drink of water*
GARRETT: Oh, it’s huge.
ALEX: So huge.
ZACK: Geez, warn a guy before you throw shit like that out there.
SAWYER: Sorry. *blushes* That question was probably uncalled for.
ALEX: That question was awesome. I love talking about my stick any chance I get.
GARRETT: You like showing it to people too.
ALEX: Hey, I’m proud of my stick.
ZACK: Hell, my stick is my greatest asset.
It appears I’ve lost all control of this interview. Garrett leans over to Alex and whispers something, and they are howling in laughter. I wait until the laughter dies down just a little.
SAWYER: Alex, Garrett, and Zack…thank you for sitting down with me today. I look forward to seeing you guys on the ice.
Shaking hands, we say our good-byes and the Cold Fury boys are off to practice. I would be lying if I said I didn’t check them out from behind as they left the room.
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