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Get To Know: Rory Neill

He got exactly what he wanted.

Combo forward/defenceman Rory Neill was waiting eagerly to hear his name called and was hopefully that the Hitmen would be the team to draft him. Once the fourth round came along in the WHL Bantam Draft, he got his wish.

“My dad and I were watching the stream online and the minute I heard Dallas Thompson say my name we were both really excited and started jumping up and down,” he said. “I’ve followed the team for awhile and it was the one I was hoping for. It’s a great organization from top to bottom.”

Learn more about the defenceman

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 150 lb.

Birthday: July 18, 2003

Hometown: Winnipeg, MB

2017 Stats: 34 GP, 30 G, 42 A, 72 PTS

Favourite Team Growing Up: St. Louis Blues

Favourite Player:  Erik Karlsson– He’s an elite offensive defenceman and I try to model my game after him with how he approaches the game.

Who Do You Model Your Game After: Karlsson.

Pre-Game Ritual: During warmups, I like to go out to centre ice to stick handle the puck and pass it off the boards to myself before every game.

Favourite Hockey Memory: This year winning the Bronze medal at Western’s. Playing on a team where we’re all so close and going far together was special.

Favourite Movie: The first Mighty Ducks Movie.

Favourite TV Show: Burn Notice.

Go Anywhere In The World: Greece. I had one friend who went there and seen pictures from there and it looks amazing.

Have Dinner With Anyone: LeBron James – He’s one of the greatest athletes ever.

Pre-Game Meal: Any kind of pasta.

Favourite Food: Rice with any sauce. We have a Thai restaurant by our house and they have the greatest rice with peanut sauce.

Favourite Pump-Up Song: Any song by Eminem always gets me pumped up.

Play-Style: I’m an offesenive defenceman that likes to contribute on the powerplay and make good first passes out of the zone. I like to jump up in the rush whenever I can.

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