is a really great time to be a fan. As an offseason special, I got a chance
to conduct an interview with Spokane Chiefs defenseman Kyle Rossiter. Kyle
was drafted 30th overall by the Florida Panthers in the 1998 NHL draft. To
this date, he has currently played 4 season’s for Spokane of the WHL.
Hockey’s Future: How old were you when you started playing hockey?
Kyle Rossiter: I was 5 when I started playing hockey in Edmonton.
HF: What did it feel like to be drafted into the NHL?
KR: It was a big relief because it just seemed like the pressure had been
building all season and everyone speculates as to when and where you’ll be
drafted you really feel like you are under the microscope.
HF: Was there any special team(s) you wanted to be drafted by?
KR: Any team was fine by me, at this point you just want to get your foot in the
HF: Why did you decide to play Major Junior instead of perhaps going to a U.S.
KR: I, like most hockey people, viewed major junior as the faster track to the
NHL. I knew that I could always go back to school if things in Junior
didn’t work out and with the CHL scholarship plan I knew that if things
didn’t go my way that Spokane would foot the bill for four years of