LIA: When did you realize that you were pretty good at
Jms: I don’t know, that’s a good question. I think when
I got drafted to the WHL, maybe that was the first time
I thought that this could go somewhere, but at the
same time I don’t like to take things for granted. I don’t
like to look too far ahead so whenever I get those
thoughts I try to stuff them back down. I just work hard
and do what I can in the moment.
LIA: Talk about your very first game playing for the
Jms: It was exciting. That was definitely the most nervous I’ve been for any game in my career. It felt like a
long road, playing in the ECHL for a year and then the
AHL for a year and a half. When I got that game, I was
told a day before and immediately I started to feel the
butterflies in my stomach. I remember not being able
to sleep the night before so a pregame nap was pretty
much out of the question, let alone a meal. I like to eat,
so not being able to says a lot about how nervous I was.
I was also praying a lot and asking God to be with me.
But when the skates touched the ice, all the nervous-
ness, all the fear and doubts just kind of slipped away.
I was focused and confident out there and we won.
The team played great.
LIA: What is your favourite part about playing in a
professional hockey league?
Jms: Getting to live your dream. Obviously, there are
some tough times and sometimes it’s work but when it
comes down to it, you are playing the game you love. I
feel incredibly blessed to be able to do that. Everyone
has their dreams – their childhood dreams. I remember
my grade one yearbook said, “What do you want to be
when you grown up?” and I said, “I want to be a professional hockey player.” That’s my favourite part: just
being able to play the game I love every day.
LIA: You mentioned Hockey Ministries International
and when you were a camper you were a goalie. Did
you receive some good instruction at the camp?
Jms: Yeah, my first camp at HMI was the first time I
received any real goalie instruction. The guy who was
heading it that year, and still is, is Karl Friesen. He’s
pretty much a hockey legend in Germany. He taught
me the fundamentals of being a goalie so I guess it all
started with him.