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Jameson Bourque: John Stark Male Athlete of the Season

  • Jameson Bourque: John Stark Male Athlete of the Season


Friday, April 20, 2018

What was biggest challenge you or your team faced this season and how did you overcome it?

Staying out of the penalty box was a huge issue for our team this year. We didn’t have the best penalty kill, so we needed to focus on staying more disciplined.

Who was the unsung hero of your team?

We had a lot of good players this year so it really is hard to choose just one, we had three players that we were able to count on to score and some defensemen that we could count on to hold down the fort. But sophomore Brett Patnode has to be the unsung hero of our team. As a sophomores he is one of the top three leading goal scorers for our team he’s behind junior Noah Chapman and junior Paul Molnar.

If you could improve high school hockey in New Hampshire, what would you do?

High school hockey in New Hampshire is really great, I don’t think there is much to change there. The one thing that I would really like is to see more players playing for their school rather than playing for some of the elite teams in New Hampshire.

Do you have any sports superstitions? If so, what are they?

As a goalie we are always told that we are crazy, and I do think that we are. I know many goalies like myself have special routines that they have to go through in order for them to feel ready to play. If it’s a home game I like to show up to the rink and hour and a half early. When I get there I’ll set up my stall in the locker room and then I’ll go and make sure my sticks are game ready with some fresh white tape. Than I’ll start my pre-game stretch, take a quick jog to get the legs moving then right into the locker room to get dressed. I’ll get the majority of my gear on and go back outside the locker room and do some quick hand eye coordination drills with the help of my dad. Than after that it’s pretty much time to hit the ice.

What are some of the unwritten rules of your sport?

Some unwritten rules are to make sure you stand up for your teammates. And you make sure that the other team knows that there isn’t a need for what was happening.

Who on your team, coaches included, reminds you of a character in a TV show or movie?

I think the best way to describe our team is the movie the Mighty Ducks, our team will take kids that have never played hockey before and turn them into a hockey team, and our coach, Denis Kolehmainen, does a great job of doing that. He’s been able to do unbelievable things with our team, he knows just how far he can push us, and just how much we are all capable of.

If life were a video game, what would some of the cheat codes be?

Of course everyone in the world wants money so that would obviously be one of them. Another would probably have to be that once the cheat code is on everyone is nice, kind and respectful to each other.

What is something that is really popular now, but in five years everyone will look back on and be embarrassed by?

I feel like fidget spinners would be something everyone looks back on and will be embarrassed if they had one.

Where do you get your news?

Concord Monitor

What are the best and worst purchases you’ve ever made?

The best purchase I’ve ever made is probably my goalie pads. Although I didn’t directly pay for them, I worked around the house with my parents in order to get them.

What’s the most ridiculous fact you know?

NHL legend/ Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky invented the fighting strap.

What’s invisible but you wish people could see?

Sound waves would be a pretty cool thing to see, being able to see them bounce off of different objects would be really cool.

If animals could talk, which would be the rudest?

I would say geese would be the rudest. I’ve always seen YouTube videos of geese attacking random people for no reason.

What questions would you like to ask a time traveler from 200 years in the future?

I would probably just ask them what everything is like. Everyone was assuming that we would have flying cars, hover boards, jet packs and all those cool things. So that would be one thing that I’m interested in.

If you were hired to show tourists what life is really like where you live, what would you show them / have them do?

One thing our community really focuses on is our sports, there a lot of people that go to high school sports just to cheer on the community. Football has recently started to be a big sport in our town and hockey games have always been up at the top for the best things to do on a Wednesday or Saturday night.

What is the craziest thing one of your teachers has done?

Back in middle school on the last day of school one of my teachers let us tear up a bunch of old books, there had to of been like 30-40 books so we had a blast doing that.

What’s the best thing about being a teen? What’s the worst?

I feel like as teens we get a lot of opportunities in life so that’s pretty nice to have, but one of the worst things is that if you make a mistake it never seems to leave you. People will always bring up things that happened in the past. And mistakes always seem to be one of the first things to pop up.