It’s safe to say forward Bryce Gervais made a positive impression on the Chicago Wolves in the 10 games he suited up in during the 2015-16 season.
The 24-year-old Saskatchewan native, who joined the Wolves on an amateur tryout contract on March 24 and contributed 4 goals, 2 assists and a +3 plus/minus rating during his time in the burgundy and gold, signed a two-year contract with the Wolves earlier this month.
Things happened quickly for Gervais, as he made his Wolves debut less than a week after completing his four-year college career with Minnesota State University. It was a whirlwind for the the 5-foot-10, 175-pound forward, but now with the season complete, we finally found some time to chat with the newest Wolves player and learn some fun things about Greasy B — yeah, we bet you didn’t know that was his nickname.
Q: Any big and exciting plans this summer?
A: I’m still in Mankato (location of Minnesota State) right now and then just training and spending time with family and friends. Definitely spend some time at the lake too.
Q: What was the best hockey experience you’ve had so far?
A: In college it would have to be when we won our league championship and the Final Five, which was our league playoffs. And before that it was winning the national championship in junior hockey (Gervais won a BCHL championship and RBC Cup with the Penticton Vees).
Q: Most memorable goal you’ve scored?
A: You know, I get asked this question a lot and I can’t ever think of a good answer. My first professional goal was definitely memorable. My first college goal and my first goal in juniors too. Pretty big stepping stones for me.
Q: Let’s say we hack into your Netflix, what would we see under recently watched?
A: I just re-watched “Prison Break” before it returns to TV. Other than that, I watch a lot of “Sons of Anarchy” and “Blue Mountain State.”
Q: You didn’t get to spend a ton of time in Chicago, but what did you enjoy most about the city?
A: I actually went to Chicago the summer before (I signed my ATO) to visit a friend and we explored quite a bit of it and I went downtown a couple times when I was with the Wolves. It’s cool, it’s a fun city, but the fans made that city rock, so i’m pretty excited to come back.
Q: What was the first thing you did after you learned the Wolves were bringing you back on a two-year contract?
A: First thing I did was tell my parents. They were pretty excited and then I just took a deep breath because I had finally made a spot so I could relax a bit.
Q: Looking ahead to the upcoming season, what’s the one thing you want to accomplish?
A: Obviously i want to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster. As far as team goals go, I’d like to make the playoffs, obviously that’s a big goal of mine and just playing some consistent hockey throughout the year.
Q: Who are some current athletes you like to watch and follow?
A: Marcus Stroman, pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays. And Ovi, Crosby and Malkin too.
Q: What are some nicknames you’ve been given over the years?
A: Gerv, Gervy, and my college coach used to call me Greasy B because I score greasy goals.
Q: Favorite music to get you pumped before a game?
A: Mostly EDM, house music, stuff like that. Kygo and Eminem too.
Q: Any pregame superstitions?
A: No superstitions, just play a little soccer before the game and put my gear on from left to right. I always go left to right.
Q: What’s the best advice anyone’s every given you?
A: You’ve gotta earn respect and it’s not given. So I go out there and try to earn the respect from my teammates and coaches.