10 Questions with Matt Herr

By Bob Willwerth

Matt Herr signed with the Boston Bruins during the off season and has led the Providence Bruins in scoring all season. He is a U. of Michagan graduate and has played parts of seasons with the Washington Caps and the Florida Panthers.

HF: What brought you to signing with the Boston Bruins as a free agent?

MH: I saw a good opportunity to make it to the NHL. The Bruins have been giving young players a chance and have been developing players like Nick Boynton, Jon Girard, and Ivan Huml.

HF: You have played in the NHL with the Caps, Panthers, and Bruins what will it take to make you a full time NHLer?

MH: Being consistent and being in the right place in the right situation. Having a team that really wants you to make it.

HF: What are you strengths?

MH: I am a skate and shoot player not a stickhandler. I give a 110% effort all the time.

HF: What do you need to work on?

Matt: Consistency especially in the AHL where you play most Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. I want to play with focus and on an even keel not with highs and lows.

HF: You seem to be having a breakout year scoring wise what do you contribute this to?

MH: Actually in Portland I scored 21 goals in 40 games but this season Coach Sullivan has played me in all situations and I have had the same linemates all season which is a first for me in the AHL.

HF: Being an east coast guy what made you sign with Michigan?

MH: I was ready to commit to Havard and I was interested in BC and BU. My father mentioned I was always a Michigan fan and why not visit. I fell in love with the school, education, and hockey team during my visit.

HF: What was it like to play for ex St. Louis Blue and All Star, Coach Berenson?

MH: He was the ultimate professional in everything he did. He is so positive and education was just as important as hockey.

HF: When did you start skating?

MH: I started skating at 4 on ponds and started playing hockey at 5.

HF: Who or what inspired you to keep working at hockey?

MH: I was just 4 or 5 years old when the US team won the gold medal in the 1980 Olympics. I will never forget watching the games with my father and the feeling it brought. My father was a baseball player still he always supported me.

HF: Who was your favorite player growing up ?

MH: The Great One Wayne Gretzky, who was still in the league when I was called up. I was so disappointed when I didn’t get a chance to play against him.