Interview with Thrashers Prospect Kurtis Foster

By Matt Gunning

Kurtis Foster was originally drafted in the 2nd round (40th overall) by Calgary in the 2000 Entry Draft. He continued in juniors for Peterborough (OHL) in 2000-01 and the beginning of the 2001-02 season. He was acquired by the Thrashers in the middle of the season from Calgary (with Jeff Cowan for Petr Buzek). He was signed immediately and began played the remainder of the season for the Chicago Wolves.

With the assistance of the Atlanta Thrashers, Hockey’s Future had the opportunity to ask Kurtis a few questions during the Thrashers Prospect Camp held in July.

HF: How would you describe your game to someone who has never seen you play?
KF: I am a typical two-way defenseman. I try and play as strong as I can in my defensive zone and then try and jump into the play as much as possible and chip in as much offense as I can.

HF: What role did you fill on the Wolves last season?
KF: I think I’m a guy who can play everything: play the penalty kill, power play, play 20 minutes a night. I try do whatever the coaches ask me to do.

HF: Did you have any specific goals for yourself last season?
KF: Last season I was with Calgary and I was hoping to play in the AHL but it didn’t work out right away and I went back to junior. From there I was just hoping to sign with a team as of July and I got lucky enough that Atlanta traded for me and signed me so that was nice.

HF: What was the highlight of your hockey career prior to the NHL draft?
KF: Probably representing my country. I played on the national under-18 team. We went to Slovakia when I was 17. Derek MacKenzie was there too. I was an awesome experience. We went there and won the gold medal at the Four Nations Cup. It was pretty amazing.

HF: Do you have any pre-game superstitions?
KF: Not really, there are little things like I put on my left skate first and my left shin pad first, but other than that I just try to do the same routine. I do a little stretching and little bit of bike and then get ready for the game as usual.

HF: Have you ever experienced a serious injury or adversity in hockey? How did you work through that situation?
KF: I’ve never really gone through any serious injuries, you get the little ones here and there.
My third or fourth year in junior it was going well at first, but the first part of the second half of the season I wasn’t playing very well and everyone was down on me. I was told by a couple people that I wasn’t going to the World Junior Camp, but when I ended up making it—getting named to the tryout camp–it revived my whole season and from then on it was great.