An Interview With Ashley And Jeremy
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Since it became clear that the deserving Jeremy Williams signed for VIK has many supporters out in cottages and apartments thought about what kind of guy to be VIK Hockey spearhead forward. And who is Jeremy's wife, actress Ashley Leggat, as many are talking about, really? During a dark afternoon in late October, met VIKFanCentral.se very sympathetic and humble couple in a cafe in Vasteras.
It was last spring that VIK.se with sporting director Niklas Johansson spearheaded featured recruitment of Williams. "He's a pure sniper who has an incredibly fast and accurate shot," said Johansson VLT then ... and now that the family Leggat / Williams acclimatized both on and off the ice in Vasteras, we checked state.
A few minutes after the set time they pop Jeremy and Ashley up and I barely have time to introduce myself until it feels like it as my English gets stuck in my throat . But , I pretended like nothing ... and Ashley and Jeremy are kind enough not to laugh at my grammar gaffes .
First of all, we obviously know a bit about how your first time in Sweden has been. How would you describe Sweden ?
- Wonderful ... I'm actually surprised at how similar it is compared to Canada. I've never been in a country that has been so "like " how it is at home . In addition, all both friendly and helpful, so it feels like home says Ashley.
- I can only agree , Jeremy fills in. Everything feels a lot easier than it has done in other countries in Europe, and a big reason is probably that here speaks any English, which really makes things easier.
Canada 's surfaced seen , the world's second largest country and you are born in cities which is 25 hours drive from each other. How is it that you met ?
- I was born in Saskatchewan and played hockey for the Toronto while playing Swede Alexander Steen there. Each year he organizes a golf tournament for charity , and it was there he introduced us to each other.
It's obviously a long way from Canada to Delhi, which is in the middle of nowhere . How is it that you ended up here ?
- I have a friend , Evan McGrath, who actually played in Vasteras before.
Jaaa ... we miss McGrath , you can not try to get him back here?
- Yes, I think he knows about it, because I think he is still in contact with some of the association. But all the players want to play as high up in the league system as possible, but we'll see what happens, says Williams.
But VIK contacted you last spring?
Do you prefer to do TV shows or movies?
- If I had to choose , I would probably have chosen television shows. Mainly because I really think it is great fun to develop a character for a long time . And it works to run a scenario for three days, but then changed everything before you start working with a new episode and a new scenario . During a film shoot is done virtually the same thing for 3 months, which can get a bit boring in the long run.
All stars have the breakthrough , and in your case it must well be about " Pepsi Dreams " available on Youtube right?
- Ooh ..... neeeeeeej ... that I will always hear , says Ashley and looks almost a little embarrassed . I had to help a friend of my brother. Mate would find a " dream girl " and my brother forced me to set up. Comical is that it where the clip has received more "hits" than anything I 've ever done. However , it was the last time I raced in bikini, says Ashley.
Jeremy , how is it that you started with hockey ?
- I grew up on a farm in a small town in Saskatchewan. The city has no more than 500 inhabitants and there was nothing to do. No movie theater or anything like that, but it could do was play hockey. I was three years old when I stood on skates for the first time and I 'm always with my cousins and my brother. My parents have always been very supportive taken much of "their" time to drive me around half of Saskatchewan in order to play , and then it just continued .
In Canada , it seems the whole country crawling with hockey players. Did you have any role model when you were growing up ?
- Yes, I 've had a bit of luck , because I get to hang with my role model every summer - Doug Gilmour . This is because my buddy Evan ( McGrath ) married his daughter. But there are plenty of skilled players that I also looked up to . Pavel Bure and Sergei Fedorov for example. Another player I really looked up to Mats Sundin, who is undoubtedly one of the absolute best " all around player " in the world , and it was really fun to play with him.
Sure you played and Mats played in the same chain for a while?
- Yes, he assisted me to some of my first goals when I was in Toronto and in many ways he was like a father figure . His ability to lead the team was unbelievable.
Do you still have any contact with Mats ?
- No, sorry. For a while we had some phone contact , but he has probably lost my number somewhere said Jeremy.
When did you first know you could become a professional hockey player?
- I had enough self-confidence not to it until the time when I was drafted by Toronto (2003 Round 7 , 220th overall player , editor's note . ) And although I was not convinced , but pretty skeptical that I could do it . My confidence was not large enough. But on my first training camp I felt it went better , and I managed to start believing in myself again. Suddenly it was not a dream anymore , but something that actually was within reach , says Jeremy .
Looking at your nine NHL goal sees that there is no easy target , but fine effort from outside. How have you managed to get such a good shot ?
- Me and my brother have talked about it a few times. I think it goes back to when Dad shoveled and swept by one place in the yard where we could play . But there was no rim , so if you missed the goal had to always go out in the snow and look for pucks. So we always did what we could to meet targets and thus avoid looking pucks .
- When I got to the AHL , I stopped and some other left and stood and shot and shot after the training sessions , remember Jeremy, who made eight seasons and some 400 games in the AHL . If you do not train at a constant one might not be good at it , says Jeremy .
Have you tried to learn VIK players to shoot better ?
- Yes, I have tried to show how I'm doing. It's always the younger guys who asks. But that's difficult to " teach an old dog new tricks" . But " Messy " and Bjorklund have asked, so I have tried to show how I'm doing. Both have good shots, but I have really no hard shot , but it 's more about getting off the shot quickly and accurately.
Ashley, have you been doing any sports ?
- I was in the girls ' Touch Football team " ( American Football for girls, but with the difference that it is forbidden to tackle. Reds . Note. ) But not otherwise ... I have asked Jeremy to bring my and skating during five years. But it has never happened. But this year , I hope that it will actually happen . I have been doing competition dance from when I was little and it has really helped me to get into the industry I'm in now.
In winter it is always plowed a path on the ice in Vasteras extending several kilometers , so it is something you must try.
- What fun. Then I can finally get to skate. But , I think I need all the protection I can find says Ashley and laughs .
Jeremy , what are you most proud of in your career so far ?
- I would say .. hmm ... there is never anyone who asked that! But making my first goal in the NHL and that I even took me to the NHL 's a big deal . It is an incredibly long way to get there , and it's not something you think of the passage of time , without sudden you're there. But when you take a step back and look at it so are a lot of people have been there and helped me on the way up . It's great to be able to say that I achieved my dreams, which is unfortunately not everyone can say.
You've played hockey in several countries before coming to Sweden . Tell us about your experience playing in Austria and Salzburg, your first season in Europe after the East in goals in the AHL .
- It was a really tough in many different ways . I got a severe concussion and it made matters worse . I have never in my career had to take a step back and ever since then I've always tried to get back to the form I had before the concussion .
- The good thing though was that I was eligible to represent Canada at the Spengler Cup then. I think from all the bad things will be a good thing and so it was for me that year. I would say that it all made me stronger .
- I played it for Red Bull Salzburg from several points of view were very professional . But while you can not compare eg Sweden and Austria. Differences in hockey is huge. It's like comparing Canada and Austria. There are very many good players there, but somehow it seems that people turn off their brains sometimes . People playing hockey with your legs and not with the brain. Sometimes you can see it here too ... but to be successful you have to play smart too , believes liraren Jeremy .
After that there was gambling in Germany in Crimmitschau where you did a lot of goals. Tell us about that experience.
- It was great fun. First we were in Switzerland for a ride and it did not work at all. So to get to Germany felt like a big relief. I was fortunate to play in a chain where my two kedjekompisar always went straight to the goal, so we tore a lot and I was rewarded with getting to do a lot of goals, says Jeremy .
What are your main tasks ?
- I am something of a shooter but I've really tried to adapt my game to the European hockey. I try to keep the puck more. I've been trying to work more with my skating but as gunner , I need someone who can hold the puck and find those surfaces . In Germany we had the basics of it would work with my kedjekamrater Aaron Lee and Brandon Dietrich .
- But it is not easy to find such centers every service that can keep the puck and find spaces . They are expensive to get, for all want them, said Jeremy and believes that such as Aaron Lee is really good but lack the credentials to such as Niklas Johansson would dare to enlist .
How would you describe the team's work so far ? ( This interview was conducted the day after the leaves at home)
- All the time it's a learning process ... So far we have actually gained some . But we also play better. After the match against Almtuna (0-6 ) got all see themselves in the mirror and after the loss at home against Bjorkloven I thought played really well , but that's how hockey is sometimes .
- It's better that it does not go smoothly at the beginning of the season, so we can correct the problems that exist . Sometimes you have to kick yourself in the ass and realize that it is not something superteams without you constantly have to work to win.
- Finally , I hope that it will go the way. When all the players are working for the same thing and everyone understands what the other will do so will be better for every game. So this will be good!
How would you describe your season start ?
- After 4-5 games , it felt like I was slow, I did not get as much out of my game but I talked with Jocke ( Fagervall ) to get tips on how I could work out extra.
- When I was in Germany I had to play up to 28 minutes each evening and therefore I did not work out extra to keep me in shape. Here I do not play as much and then I have to train extra to maintain my form . Now I feel that I am in better shape again, says Jeremy .
How do you think folded powerplay can be improved ?
- I think we made progress against Bjorkloven in the way how we move. Since there are nine players on such a small part of the ice , we have to spread out properly. Then you have of course no shoot and someone who has to stand in front of the cage. That's my job to try to shoot as much as possible and it's something we practice it every day . Everyone is very keen for us to get better.
You and Thomas Mitell 've run up some from the blue line together.
- Thomas and I are sitting next to each other in the locker room and talk to each other all the time about how we can help each other get better. So we have started to understand more and more how we play , says Jeremy and interjects that Mitell have not managed to get with Jeremy in the poker playing which Jeremy is happy then he probably would easily get stuck.
Spectators generally may not realize what it takes to perform at its peak as an elite athlete. How do you like the elite players to prepare in the best way ?
- All players have their ritual and make their own way. Sometimes it takes a jog and if you feel for it so you can take some massage and stretch a little. Any other time will be 20 minutes on the exercise bike to kick start the body. So it depends very much on each player how they feel at the moment. But the important thing is to keep the focus on the right thing , and also where do all different.
- The goalkeepers are often a little laid-back and gearing up with silence. Other players are a little more relaxed and talking as usual.
How would you describe a good coach ? Is there a risk of being overinstruerad ?
- I personally have always believed that the coach is there to bring order and frameworks to help players understand the system . But then it's up to the players to execute all commitments , and that actually we ourselves talking through things so that it is done properly.
- The coach will be a plan and if the players do not implement the plan , it is not their coach , but the players' fault. That is how I think things should work. Then all the different coaches , some coaches are replacing the system constant , others stick to their plan continues until everyone does everything right . And without going deeper into it , I think that coach's system comes into its own only when everyone does what is expected of them .
You had a few different coaches when you were in the NHL?
- I had Paul Maurice, but he is now in the KHL . He was mighty good with younger players and showed and told me in a good way what they could do better. Then I've had ( notorious estate porn reds . Note.) John Tortorella when I was in the Rangers during a match . I thought he was funny ... but I was not with him so much. Sometimes it's good to hear the truth!
- Since it was funny when I did my first and last game in the Rangers. I which is 178 cm enjoyed playing in the chain now so tragically late Derek Boogaard at 202 cm and Brian Boyle at 201 cm. I felt like the inexperienced youth player next to them! (laughs)
- Then we got a picture of me and Sidney Crosby where it looks like Crosby point mark me , haha, it was an honor to Crosby saw me get dangerous ... (laughs)
What are the best players you played with and against?
- The best I played with Mats Sundin , and against , I must say Sidney Crosby . I did get that picture out of no where it looks as if Crosby actually watching me Hahaha ... Malkin is not so bad either ... and the best goalkeeper is probably Martin Broudeur .
What would you say is the hardest and best thing about being a hockey player today?
- The hardest thing is probably being judged all the time and it means that you are under constant pressure . All watches what you do, and that is always a constant pressure that "you have to perform ." Each evening you will feel that , now I have to be better than I was yesterday.
- The best thing is probably to always see the happy faces in the audience, to see happy teammates , hear the crowd scream it creates a connectedness among both communities and people. We meet so many nice people and families in addition to getting paid for doing something you love. It's not everyone who gets the opportunity.
Socialize you only with the other North American families , Ashley ?
- I hang out a lot with the Kenndal McArdles wife , sometimes I hang out some other player 's wives , who Frisk's wife . Because everyone speaks such good English , it is really easy to meet people here. And it's the first time I feel that all spending time with everyone. Previously, the language barrier made to the North American wives have associated with each other. The feeling is that there is a great atmosphere in the team and all have fun together .
There is a Swedish singer named Jerry Williams ...
- ( Jeremy begins to laugh loudly ) That's my best song now. We have listened to " I Can Jive " several times. Kinisjarvi calls me actually Jerry and I do not know if he's doing it because . by Jerry Williams, or if he actually thinks I 'm Jerry , says Jeremy and is backed by Ashley.
- Jaa .. I think his moves are impeccably cool ... he really is a real rocker that does not seem to care about anything at all but just run its thing , says Ashley.
Why does not play " I Can Jive " when Jeremy scores ?
- I do not know , but I think they should play the song. Who should I talk to to fix it ? I might have to start by doing a little more targets first said Jeremy and laughs even more.
Ashley , you tend to see every game when Jeremy plays ?
- Yeah ... Sometimes it is not because I'm on stage , but I try to keep track via my phone. All directors know that I am married to Jeremy , so they know that I tend to go off and check what it says in the matches. All my friends usually tweet to me when Jeremy scores so I have constant eye on what's happening.
Ashley, in other words , you are not afraid to see the game from standing room along with all the fans screaming ?
- No, not at all. To stand and scream in the stands suits me much better than to sit and be quiet. I 've even bought a VIK - cap that I must have on me at the time , laughs Ashley.
The afternoon has become night, and our little chat has been over an hour and a half . Something that struck us during the time we talked , the open heart and humility we met with . Additionally there is a genuine curiosity about the customs, culture and other things that feel "normal" here in Sweden .
I also think , and we hope that this kind of open and relaxed dialogues for the players and the fans closer together. Jeremy got this face on three hockey maniacs who follow the team that seemed to mean a lot to the feel of the club . Maybe the players to feel a little more connected and that they give that last few percent extra for the salvation of the fans.
Once again , welcome to Vasteras Ashley and Jeremy !