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Haligonia Sports Athlete Profile: Taylor Burke

by Armaan Ahluwalia

Gatineau Olympiques first round pick in the 2010 Q draft, Taylor Burke is going into this first season in the Q league. A highly placed prospect, he looks to make some splashes in the league. So far he has 2 points in 10 games. In the Stands caught up with Taylor and asked him some questions. Here’s what he had to say.

Current Team: Gatineau Olympiques
Height: 6’0 1/4
Weight: 193
Date of Birth: June 22/94
Where you played Minor Hockey: Halifax Hawks
Where you are from: Halifax
Favourite Player: Jonathan Toews
Favourite Team: Colorado Avalanche
Player you model your game after: Ryan Getzlaf
How old were you when you started playing: 5 years old
Why Hockey: Hockey has just always been around me. My brothers played it and I would always go to the rink to watch them. I started to play and it has been my passion ever since.
Pre Game Rituals: I always put all my gear on on the left side first.
Whats the most listened song on your IPod: It is a mix techno song created by one of the guys
Best Player in the World: Joe Sakic
Dream Lineup, with you in it:
Forwards: Joe Sakic, Sidney Crosby, and myself
Defense: Duncan Keith and Drew Doughty
Goalie: Ryan Miller
Hobbies: X Box
Best Skill: Puck protection down low
Area of your game that needs work: Quick Feet and hands
Favourite Coach and why: My favorite coach is Benoit Groulx because he knows how to bring the best out of you. Since having him as a coach I have really been able to grow as a hockey player
What are your goals: My goals are to be a good student, get better as a hockey player and become a better person.
Short and Long term: My short term goals are to get better every time that I go in the ice and gain more and more confidence. My long term goals are to have a quicker and more explosive first few strides, improve my hands and gain a quicker shot release.
Favourite Movie: Transformers
Role Model: My grandfather
Goals for the year: To become a better hockey player and do well in school.
Most famous person in your cell phone: Jody Shelley
One Crazy thing about you: I am 16 and can grow a beard
Favourite Food: Steak
Dream Vacation Destination: Australia
In your free time you are: Playing X Box or on my laptop
IPhone or Blackberry: Blackberry

Armaan Ahluwalia lives in Halifax and is a student at Dalhousie University. Follow Armaan on twitter @theRealBrindian

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