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Q & A With Kyle Medvec

Monday, 09.24.2012 / 10:05 AM / Minnesota Wild | Features
By Mike Doyle  - Managing Editor
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Q & A With Kyle Medvec



Kyle Medvec
made his professional hockey debut last season with the Houston Aeros. The 6-foot-6 defenseman will be at Xcel Energy Center this weekend as a part of Aeros Training Camp, but the former Apple Valley High School standout spends his summer in the State of Hockey. After playing at the University of Vermont for four years, Medvec began training at Total Hockey Minnesota during the offseason. The blueliner took some time after a workout to talk about working out with Kirk Olson and summertime in Minnesota.

How long have you been working out at Total Hockey Minnesota?

This is my second summer here.

And have you been with Kirk Olson (Wild strength and conditioning coach)?

Yes, I have. It’s pretty intense out here in the summers.

So, that has to keep you in pretty good shape?

Absolutely, back when I was in college I was working out in Vermont. Coming here it’s a totally different level. You’re training with a bunch of top-tier NHL guys so it gets you motivated and keeps you focused.

Away from the rink what do you like to do in the summer?

I just picked up golf last summer, so I’m trying to work on that game. I really wouldn’t call it golf yet. Just trying to whack the ball around and have some fun with my buddies.

You just started last summer, is it hard to find clubs that fit you?

Yeah, I got plus ones on my clubs, so that helped a little with my game.

What’s the strongest part of your game?

(Laugh) Oh, I don’t know if there’s a strong point, yet. Probably the least weak: I hit the 5-wood pretty well off the tee. I just leave the driver in the cart and hit my 5-wood off the tee.

What do you need to improve on the most?

Putting probably.

It seems like hockey players can drive the ball really well, have some soft touch around the green, but have trouble putting. Is that because you’re not used to tapping it in?

I think so. You have to quote Happy Gilmore sometimes, “Just tap, tap, tap it in.” (Laugh) A lot of three putts around the greens lately, so we have to take care of that.

Do you think a hockey stick putter would improve your putting?

I don’t think so, no. I play hockey left but I golf right, so maybe that’s it. Maybe I’ve got to figure that one out first.

Maybe you just need a left-handed putter.

I’ve actually thought about it, I don’t know. Maybe I’ll try it sometime.

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