Mahopac senior Chris Bednar is a center and team captain on the varsity ice hockey team.
How old were you when you started playing ice hockey and how did you get started?
I personally started playing ice hockey when I was 13 years old. I’ve played roller hockey my whole life and grew up watching my dad and his friends play on the lake in my backyard all the time and this inspired me to start playing.
What kind of expectations does the Mahopac ice hockey team have for the rest of this season?
We actually have very high expecations. We have a very dedicated team full of players that are experienced and have been playing year round for travel teams. This year our goal is to win our league and become Section 1 champions.
As a senior captain, how do you see your role on the team, and how much do you value being a team leader?
I make sure that each member of the team is thinking positively and make sure they have the same expectations. But being only one of the four leaders we have on the team, we all take different perspectives. Some of us step up and show it on the ice while the others motivate and hype up the team before and during the game.
What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?
In the locker room before every game we actually wait on coach to come in and give us a quick motivational speech before we go out that gets everyone ready to play in the game.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
Tommy Kirincic has been my biggest role model. I am sure I can say he is some other players role model as well. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to play with Tommy you always learn things. I’ve learned how to become a good captain and also a great team player on and off the ice.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
Not a lot of people know that I strongly dislike snakes.
Do you plan on continuing to play ice hockey in college? If yes, have you committed yet, where are you going and why did you select that school?
I do plan on continuing to play hockey in college, but unfortunately I have not committed yet.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?
I have set my mind towards sports management. I chose this major because as an athlete I enjoy watching all sports and I always want to be part of an athletic program even if I’m not personally playing for the program.
Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?
My favorite player is Torey Krug and my favorite pro team is the Boston Bruins.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?
I like to listen to rap.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
The ability to fly because I am an impatient person and I just want to be able to transport to places quicker.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
Alaska because I would be able to play pond hockey and ice fish every day.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
After a game my favorite food has to be any kind of sandwich that has a chicken cutlet in it.
Best place to eat in Mahopac and why?
Goodfellas Deli & Pizza is the best place to eat in Mahopac because they have great service, and a variety of excellent food to choose from.
Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?
Twitter, because there are always funny tweets that can keep you occupied when you have nothing to do.
For a young athlete growing up in Mahopac, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the ice hockey program and why should they go out for the team?
The hockey program is a great place to spend time and compete to win games. The parents and teammates are very social and it’s a great way to meet lots of new people. Being the new kid on the team may be intimidating, but as soon as you get to know your teammates there are many memories to come in the future.