Taking Liberties With… Dylan Strome
Position: Forward, Arizona Coyotes
Hometown: Mississauga, Ont., Canada
NHL Draft: Selected by Arizona in the first round (third overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft
Last Amateur Team: Erie Otters (Ontario Hockey League)
Arizona Rubber: What’s your favorite hockey memory growing up?
Dylan Strome: I would say winning the OHL championship in 2016-17.
AZR: What’s your favorite memory in the game since leaving junior hockey?
DS: That would be my first NHL goal. That was a big one. Yeah, the goalie was Keith Kinkaid (with the New Jersey Devils) and I’ll never forget that one. That was here in Arizona (on Dec. 2, 2017).
AZR: Who have been the biggest influences on you, on and off the ice?
DS: I would say my brother (Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan) and my dad. Really, I think it’s my whole family in general. My two brothers (Ryan and Matthew, a Philadelphia Flyers prospect), my mom and my dad are very supportive, on and off the ice. I played against Ryan a couple of times and it’s a little bit weird, but we respect each other a lot. I really value his opinion and what he says.
AZR: What’s the best piece of advice you have for young hockey players?
DS: Wait, I am a young player (laughter). Just be confident. Make the simple plays and simple is good in this league. That gets the job done. Most important, be confident and be simple.
AZR: Other than hockey, do you have a favorite sport to play?
DS: Golf. No, I’m not ready for the tour and I’m not very good, but I like to play. For me, it’s a lot of fun.
AZR: Do you have any superstitions?
DS: Not too crazy. I try and eat the same thing on a game day and that’s similar to many of the guys. I tape my stick on the bench before the game or somewhere near the bench.
AZR: What does your game-day routine look like?
DS: Again, nothing too crazy. It’s pretty typical. Just eat what everyone else eats and get a good nap for about two hours. Then focus up, have a shower and get ready to go. I’m not a big pasta guy, because we eat so much, but I’ll have some rice and some veggies and chicken.
AZR: Do you have a favorite meal or restaurant here in the Phoenix area?
DS: I like Koi Poke (Japanese restaurant in Scottsdale). I think that’s my favorite place to eat in the entire world.
AZR: What are some essential items you take on a road trip?
DS: Toiletries bag, mainly. A toothbrush and stuff like that. I usually take a couple pairs of shoes, some suits and nothing too fancy. Yeah, my phone charger. I literally lost three phone chargers this past season.
AZR: Did you have a favorite hockey player growing up?
DS: Yes, Mats Sundin, for sure. He was the captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
— Compiled by Mark Brown
(Sept. 7, 2018)