CATCHING UP WITH THE 'CUDA: DANNY O'REGANAug 1, 2017
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 Rookie in 2016-17, Danny O’Regan.
What are your plans this summer? I’m just hanging in Boston. I’ve got a good friend who’s getting married, so I’ll be going to his wedding. I’m also going to play in Comm Ave Charity Classic which benefits the Travis Roy Foundation (The Travis Roy Foundation focuses on enhancing the life of individuals with spinal cord injuries and their families. Travis played hockey at BU and suffered a spinal cord injury during a game in 1995. The charity hockey game also benefits Compassionate Care ALS through Pete Frates, a former BC baseball player and graduate). It’s an alumni game between Boston University and Boston College, John McCarthy will be playing in it too. It should be a lot of fun.
Where is your summer home? I got an apartment in the Seaport District of Boston with a few of my old BU teammates.
Where is your favorite summer destination? I go up to Vermont every summer, to a town called Burlington. It’s right on the water. I like going to the race track too, for the Belmont Stakes.
What’s your favorite offseason activity? Golf is number one. I try to get out with my buddies as much as possible, but I also enjoy playing bocce ball.
Would you say you’re a beach, lake, or river type of person? Beach for sure. Being from Boston, I definitely try to go to the beach as much as possible in the summer.
Do you have any plans to meet up with a few of your Barracuda teammates while you’re back home? Yeah, Colin Blackwell doesn’t live too far, so I’ll probably see him. Patrick McNally too, and I’ll see McCarthy at the charity game. Our girlfriends like to hang out, so we’ll meet up with them during the summer.
How are you prepping for next season? I’ve been working out at BU, with some old teammates. Just trying to get in the gym and gain more strength.
Is it important to get away from the game for a bit in the summer? This is a huge time of the year to get away and recharge. I was a bit banged up last year, so I’m trying to heal up. That way when I get to camp, I am ready to go.
What’s your favorite memory from last season? I’d have to say the 14-game winning streak. Everyone was so bought in, and it was really fun to be a part of that.
What is the biggest thing you want to improve about your game going into your sophomore season? I’m trying to improve in all areas of my game. I want to gain more speed and improve my shot. I’m also trying to build up my strength so I can protect the puck better.