2004 Prospects: Q&A with Marek Schwarz

By Grigory Orekhovsky

Marek Schwarz is the top rated 2004 eligible European goaltender by Central Scouting in their mid-term rankings. The 6’0” 176-pound netminder is playing for HC Sparta Praha of the Czech League. He played for the Czech national team in U-18 World Championship 2003, 2004 and the U-20 World Championship 2003. He was named the best goalie of U-18 World Championship 2004. Not yet completely comfortable with English, and also a little shy, Schwarz is a man of few words. Hockey’s Future spoke with him last week at the U-18 tournament.

HF: What are your strengths?
MS: I have fast legs and recover well.

HF: What aspect of your game do you feel you need to work most on?
MS: I need to work on my skating and handling the puck.

HF: Have you heard people making comparisons between you and current NHL goalie?
MS: Yes, but I like to be myself. I want to make a new style.

HF: Who’s your favorite goaltender?
MS: Patrick Roy.

HF: How do you prepare before the game?
MS: When I wake up I think about the game, and before the game I drink coffee.

HF: What do you do in your spare time?
MS: I don’t have much spare time. I like to watch movies for the rest.

HF: How long have you been a goaltender?
MS: Since I was 8 years old.

HF: Do you have any expectations for yourself in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft?
MS: I want to be in the first ten there.

HF: Where do you see yourself in five years?
MS: It’s hard to say. The injuries and something else can prevent everybody from being impact player in pros but I hope that I will be the No. 1 goalie on a good NHL team.

HF: What does it mean for you to be the part of Czech Team?
MS: I think it’s great to be a part of Czech Team and play for my country. I hope that this tournament is only the beginning of my international career.

HF: Which forward was most dangerous for you in this world championship?
MS: I’m not afraid of anybody. I just make saves and don’t let them score. I like games with many shots when I’m pretty busy and make many saves.

HF: Are you the leader of your team?
MS: I don’t think so, but I think that I have to make saves because otherwise we won’t be the best team.