Once the 2016-17 season concluded, each Barracuda player returned to his hometown or offseason hangout. Moving forward, each week sjbarracuda.com will check in with a different Barracuda player and see what he is up to this summer. This week we catch up with the AHL's Most Outstanding Goaltender in 2016-17, Troy Grosenick.
What are your summer plans? I’ve been golfing quite a bit and enjoying some time off. We’ve got a few weddings we’re going to this summer. But we’re mostly just prepping for our first baby which is due in October.
Have you talked to Ryan Carpenter since he had his baby, and has he given you and Maggie any advice? Yeah, I have talked to Carpy. He did give us some things to look out for, but we talked more about how he was doing and what his offseason plans were.
Where is your summer home? We own a home in Minnesota about a half hour from Minneapolis. My wife’s from here, and we just love coming back in the summers. The weather is great, and everything is really green. It’s a great place to be this time of year.
Where is your favorite summer destination? There is so much to do here in Minnesota in the summers with all the lakes, so we like coming back here in the summers. Plus, we’re not too far my hometown Brookfield (Wisconsin), and we’re close to Maggie’s family too.
What’s your favorite summer time activity? We love going to Elkhart Lake which is about an hour and 15 minutes from Brookfield. Being on the water and relaxing is the best. I'm big into fishing too, so it's a ton of fun.
If you could choose one, are you a river, lake, or beach guy? Lake 100%. Nothing is better than sitting on the boat and enjoying the lake.
Any plans to meet up with teammates this summer? I’ll be heading to Kelowna to work out again with the 'goalie guru' Adam Francilia. He helped me with my game last season, and I'm looking forward to going back. I’ll see (Adam) Helewka when I’m out there too. It’s a beautiful place, so it’ll be a little vacation for us too.
How are you prepping for next season? I got back into a routine at the end of June. I’m just trying to rehab little nagging injuries, so I’ll be ready to go for training camp.
You recently signed an extension with the Sharks, was that a relief? Oh yeah, it’s the organization that gave me my first chance, and I’m excited to be back. Last year was so fun, and I’m looking forward to building off that.
What is your favorite off-ice training routine? I don’t’ have a real routine. I just try to do more goalie based plyometric workouts that are geared toward the movements of the position.
What is the biggest thing you want to improve about your game for the upcoming season? I’m trying to work and improve on the little things. I’m continuing to quiet my game and using this time off to stay fresh. I’m always trying to evolve and improve.