Eat, sleep, breathe hockey.
That’s how it’s been for Hitmen 2019 first-rounder Grayden Siepmann ever since he started playing the game of hockey at seven-years-old.
And, his draft day experience perfectly mirrors that.
“I was packing for a tournament getting ready to jump on a plane and my parents were watching the draft when they started yelling from the other room saying that I was drafted,” he said. “When I saw that it was Calgary, I got really excited and couldn’t stop smiling. I know that I am headed to a great organization and so excited to get things started and looking forward to the future.”
Learn more about the defender in a quick Q&A
Weight: 160 lb.
Birthday: May 26, 2004
Hometown: Abbotsford, BC
2018/19 Stats: 29 GP, 8 G, 21 A, 29 PTS
Question: Who Is Your Favourite NHL Team?
Siepmann: Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks.
Q: Who Is Your Favourite NHL Player?
Sipemann: My favourite forward would be Nathan MacKinnon and Kris Letang is my favourite defenceman.
Q: Who Do You Model Your Game After?
Sipemann: Letang and Erik Karlsson.
Q: What Is Your Pre-Game Ritual?
Siepmann: Our games are usually in the afternoon so I would shower, pack my bag, make two breakfast sandwiches, tape my sticks and head to the rink.
Q: What’s Your Favourite Hockey Memory?
Sipemann: It would be a tie with going 50-4-2 in Pee Wee and then going on to win provincials and winning the championship in the CSSHL this past season.
Q: What’s Your Favourite Movie?
Sipemann: Step Brothers.
Q: What’s Your Favourite TV Show:?
Q: If You Could Have Dinner With Anyone In The World, Who Would It Be?
Siepmann: Will Ferrell or P.K. Subban.
Q: What’s Your Favourite Food?
Siepmann: Chicken Caesar Salad.
Q: What’s Your Pet Peeve?
Siepmann: When people chew with their mouth open.
Q: How Would You Describe Your Play-Style?
Siepmann: I’m an offensive defenceman who likes to make good first passes out of the zone and join the rush. I also like to run plays from up top on the powerplay.
Q: How Was This Past Season For You And Your Team?
Sipemann: We had a slow start and personally I didn’t get the jump I wanted to, but then after Christmas we really stepped things up and only lost one game. We carried the momentum into playoffs to win it all and I gained more confidence with each game chipping in more offensively by making plays.