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Q and A with Tom Preissing

Wednesday, 12.13.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Q and A with Tom Preissing
Ottawa Senators defenceman Tom Preissing leads the Senators, and is second in the NHL, with a plus-minus rating of +21. Photo: A. Ringuette/Freestyle Photography/OSHC

by Todd Anderson

After a standout season with the Colorado College Tigers in the WCHA, Tom Preissing caught the eye of the San Jose Sharks, who signed him as a free agent in the summer of 2003 after he earned a liberal arts degree with a major in economics. Three hockey seasons later, Preissing has emerged as a solid offensive defenceman for the Ottawa Senators. OttawaSenators.com sat down with the Arlington Heights, Ill., native to discuss his road to the NHL.

OS.com: How have you adjusted to life in Ottawa?

TP: I grew up in Minneapolis, Minn. and it's pretty similar to Ottawa, culture-wise. The whole organization here has been great in accepting me.

OS.com: You made your NHL debut on October 11, 2003, with San Jose after signing as a free agent with the Sharks earlier that summer. Describe the feeling of playing your first game in the league against the Calgary Flames.

TP: It was incredible because of so many aspects. The crowd, playing in Canada, my first game, and the coaches' confidence in playing me against one of the best players in the game. I was partnered with Scott Hannan, and we played against (Flames star Jarome Iginla's line).

OS.com: During your final year in the WCHA as Colorado College's team captain, you were nominated for the Hobey Baker Award after finishing first in the nation in scoring by defencemen with 52 points in 42 games. How does that season rank in your career so far?

TP: With that team in my senior year, that's probably the highlight of my career. We weren't supposed to do anything and we ended up as the best team in the nation for most of the year. It was fun to play in that environment.

OS.com: What advice do you have for student-athletes? 

TP: Basically, those four or five years prepare you for your entire life. When you really think about it, four or five years isn't that long in the grand scope of things. You should be able to figure out when to buckle down and when to let loose a little bit. You're setting up for your future.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
3 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
4 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
5 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
6 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
7 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
8 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 74 19 41 9 60
K. Turris 74 22 32 -1 54
B. Ryan 70 18 35 9 53
M. Stone 72 19 33 14 52
M. Hoffman 71 26 20 19 46
M. Zibanejad 72 19 24 2 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 54 13 14 -10 27
D. Legwand 72 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 68 11 15 -4 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 12 8 .923 2.48