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Questions & Answers with Brad Farynuk

By Erika S. Lewis

Game Program, December 8, 2004

Q: What is your first memory of playing hockey?

BF: Sitting in a locker room before a novice game at about 5:45 am with a neckguard on that was terribly annoying and socks that didn't match our uniforms while my father tied my skates

Q: Who were your sports heroes growing up?

BF: Ray Bourque and Trevor Linden

Q: Who were your real life heroes growing up?

BF: My father and my sister Rhonda

Q: What was your dream job as a kid?

BF: NHL hockey player or engineer

Q: What kinds of things did you enjoy doing outside of school and hockey as a kid?

BF: Hockey, fishing, hunting, baseball, and rugby

Q: What was your favorite movie as a kid?

BF: A Christmas Story

Q: When did you first realize that you were a good hockey player? Describe how it felt.

BF: A scout named Jim Faulkner told me after a game when I was 15 and he said, "Brad, when you play smart, you're the best player on the ice. It's your most important tool, and you do it so well."

Q: In high school, what was a typical day like?

BF: Usually a couple science classes, either chem., bio or physics, followed by physical education, and then home to eat after school before going to hockey practice and then coming home to do homework.

Q: What was the greatest lesson you learned in your life before college?

BF: You get what you put in, and people get what they deserve.

Q: How did you hear about RPI?

BF: Bill Cahill was scouting at one of our Junior hockey games. He introduced himself and the school to me.

Q: What made you decide to attend RPI?

BF: The combination of how comfortable I felt around the players here when I visited, the opportunity to get an engineering degree at one of the top engineering schools in North America, and the great opportunity to play for one of the most highly respected hockey programs in Division I.

Q: Who are some of the guys that you looked up to when you were a freshman? Why?

BF: Ben Barr, because he left everything on the ice and never gave up.

Q: What are some of your favorite memories when you first came to campus?

BF: Seeing a tray dropped in the Commons, hearing the band at our games, and being welcomed as one of an awesome group of guys on our team.

Q: What was your #1 goal starting out in the hockey program?

BF: Prove that I deserved the chance to be in the lineup every night and fill any role needed by our team.

Q: How did you achieve that and what are some other goals you have achieved along the way?

BF: Worked hard and stayed focused every day. No details should be overlooked whether it was hockey or school.

Q: Who are some teammates that you love to play on the ice with? Why?

BF: All of them, because you know if you slip, there is always someone there to pick you up. Kevin Croxton is great to play with though, too, because he is very creative on the ice.

Q: Who are your closest friends off the ice? Why?

BF: Scott Romfo. He's entertaining, honest, eats lots, shares similar goals to me, and works very hard. Roommates Croxton, Hussey, MacDonald, and Romfo always make me laugh no matter how brutal of a day I'm having.

Q: What is the funniest memory you have from the team?

BF: Crying laughing at Scott Romfo at the ropes course with the whole team freshman year ... details excluded!!!

Q: What is your favorite accomplishment/memory of your career here?

BF: Being picked as captain of the team. It's such an honor to be chosen by your teammates

Q: When you look back, who are the guys you are going to miss the most in five years? Why?

BF: My roommates, the laughs and everyday moments that I experience with them are really tough to beat!!

Q: How has Engineer hockey helped you to grow up?

BF: Playing while doing a very heavy courseload will prepare me for a lot in the future. The team dynamic teaches you so much about unity, hard work, leadership and determination.

Q: What is the greatest lesson you have learned during the last three years?

BF: The team is successful when you have all members on the same page, doing every little sacrifice possible for one another.

Q: If you were an RPI hockey fan, how would you describe Brad Farynuk's first 2 1/2 years here?

BF: Brad Farynuk is an honest worker with a desire to be better.

Q: What do you think you will be doing in 10 years?

BF: The ultimate would be to be playing pro hockey but if not, working at an aeronautical or mechanical engineering firm in western Canada.