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Q and A with Tom Preissing

Wednesday, 13.12.2006 / 12:00 AM / 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.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06