Once the 2016-17 season concluded, each Barracuda player returned to his hometown or offseason hang out. As players come back to San Jose for the upcoming season our Catching Up With ‘Cuda series concludes with our final featured player, Colby McAuley.
When are you planning on getting back to San Jose? Well, I’m actually planning on getting back to San Jose today, and then we’ll be starting up and getting this thing going. Hopefully, I can make a name for myself.
What was something you wanted to work on this offseason? I’ve continued to work on my strength and my speed. There are some big boys in this league, so it’s important to build up some more strength.
What was your offseason training schedule? I tried to do some off-ice training every day, and then I’d get on the ice three times a week. I have a trainer, so I followed the regime that he gave me.
Where’s your offseason home? I go back home with my parents in Sherwood Park, Alberta, but I also went to Salmon Arm, Alberta, my brother owns a place there, and I went to Kelowna for a bit. I got to do some boating, so that was a good time. I’m big into wake surfing,
Now that you’ve spent some time in California, would you say you’re a lake, river, or ocean type of person? Lake, 100%. That’s an easy one.
What was your fondest memory from your short stint with the Barracuda last year? Going on the playoff run was pretty crazy, I hadn’t been part of something like that before. Also, coming into the team and not know anyone, just getting accepted was a pretty awesome experience. It was just a great team, and a ton of fun to be a part of.
You’ll be in the Prospect Showcase this upcoming weekend/week, what are you trying to accomplish? I just want to play my role. That means being physical, trying to stick up for teammates, putting the puck in the back of the net. That also includes listening to coaches and applying what they’re trying to teach me.