Defenseman Daniel Tetrault has returned to the Wichita Thunder, a place he was an all-star, after playing in Port Huron in recent years. The return by Tetrault is a part of a major overhaul for the Thunder as they look to get back into the playoffs.
Tetraut is the latest CHL player to step into the CHL Chat Room. See his Q & A below.
What do u like to eat after the game? – Joel in Little Rock, AK
Pasta and Chicken and a Honey Milk Protein Drink
What would be the worst that you ever said to a ref., and why? And what was the outcome? – Dan in Minden, LA
Honestly, being Captain/Assistant Captain for so many years, I do a lot of talking to the refs but would never take a chance of getting a 2 or 10 minute penatly so I try to keep it clean.
Were did you stat your career at,,how long did it take you to make pro,were do you see yourself 5yrs from now,what was your most embarrassing moment in your career? – Dave in Flint, MI
Played five years of Junior in Brandon, MB for the Wheat Kings. Then went straight to pro in Austin to play for the IceBats under Brent Hughes and Ken Macrae. Still would like to play another 4-5 years, health permitting, then I would like to try to get into coaching. Scoring a goal for the other team on my own goalie..(a couple times) LOL!!
As a new player coming in how long do you think the team will take to gel together and win the close games? – Guy in Vancouver, BC
It honestly takes atleast 4-5 weeks to really start to know each other and how eveyone plays, especially when you have 18 guys all coming from different teams and systems. The fans would like to see this process cut down to a day or two but the season is a marathon...not a sprint!
Does it feel good to be playing in Wichita again after a couple seasons in Port Huron? – Josh in Eureka, IL
Yes, feels awesome. Especially with my girlfriend living here and playing in front of the the best fans in the league because they deserve a winning season after a few mediocre ones. The new arena is the best in the league. I never want to leave the lockerroom and all the new ammenities!!
Wichita had a poor season last year. With a new coach, what has been philosophy/mind-set of the team going into this season? – Jeremy in Odessa, TX
Obvisouly there is a lot of changes but we are focusing on being a team built on speed and a hard work-ethic. Coach McClelland expects us to come the rink everyday willing to pay the price and do whatever it takes to win.
After the preseason, what team, in your opinion, poses the biggest challenge? – Jason in Decatur, IN
There is a lot of parity in the league and there are no easy games which should make an exciting season for the fans around the league.
What made you decide to return to the Thunder this year? – Paul in Dallas, TX
I've known coach McClelland since my junior days in the Western Hockey League. He is a proven winner and his coaching philosophy fits my style of play. Being back in the same city as my girlfriend and her family doesn't hurt either. Also, getting to play in the INTRUST Bank Arena and being back in front of the Wichita fans and trying to give them the season they deserve.
Daniel, First of all, welcome back to the Thunder. We missed your skill and tenacity very much indeed. I'd like to know your thoughts on the new Thunder defense roster. Do you think it's balanced and deep enough to anchor the team? – F.L. in Wichita, KS
I like our defense and we have a veteran core back there that has played a lot of professional games and knows how to move the puck to jump start our transition. If we can get great goaltending with our defense we should have a successful season.