In Bill Arnold‘s pregame interview on Flames TV, he seemed calm, relaxed, and prepared to make his debut in the NHL. Afterwards, in his post-game interview, he looked excitable and energized as he stood outside the dressing room, answering the reporters questions about his first game.
With the innocence of youth as a backdrop, Arnold’s eyes were wide as he said, “it was an experience I will never forget for sure.” Being paired up with his fellow Boston College Eagles linemate, Johnny Gaudreau, Arnold showed that he is ready and energetic on the ice at any level. When someone mentioned Arnold’s almost-goal that came via a nice pass by captain, Mark Giordano, Arnold shook his head in disappointment and replied, “man, that was a great pass by Gio and I gotta bury those.” He went on to say that he had no excuse to not have potted that goal, which tells me the kind of no-lose attitude this kid has that will be an asset in his career.
Don’t be too hard on yourself, kid, you’ll have plenty more chances in my opinion if that debut gave an indication of what you’re capable of. I have a feeling Bill Arnold will have a long, prosperous career at the NHL level because he can only get bigger and better than he already is.
What surprised Arnold the most during his first experience in the NHL is how much bigger the players are compared to the college level. In reference to Sedin, he said, “he’s a little bigger than I thought,” and he added a small grin for emphasis.
As Bill explained to Roger Millions, “this game has given me motivation for the summer.” Bill Arnold’s debut NHL game, other than not getting his first goal, is one of the more memorable debuts that I’ve been lucky enough to witness.
See you next season, Arnold. I’m looking forward to it!