August 30, 2013

Hangin' Out With: Bruins prospect, Yale d-man Rob O'Gara

By Jesse Connolly


Rob O'Gara, seen here skating at the Bruins' 2013 Development Camp in July, was selected in the fifth round by Boston at the 2011 NHL Draft. (Photo: Dave Arnold/New England Hockey Journal)
 

What did it feel like to win an NCAA championship as a freshman? “It was honestly a dream come true. To have that experience in my first year of college hockey is something I could not be more grateful for, and to have gone through it with the group of guys we had on that team made it truly the greatest night of my life. Still a surreal feeling from that.”

What courses will you be taking this fall as a sophomore? “Jumping the gun a little bit on this one, but I have one more semester of French (to make it an even eight years) and I’ll probably take microeconomics, but anything else is up in the air.”

Outside of hockey, what’s your fondest memory of your time in prep school at Milton? “Another tough one, but I would have to say my senior project during my last month at Milton is my best non-hockey memory.  For my project, three of my buddies and I made a 40-minute-long action movie called ‘Brotherhood II: Retribution’ (a sequel for a project the year before). Lots of fun, and, I might be biased, but I’d call it a classic.”

If you could hang out with any celebrity, who would you choose? “I would chill with Jerry Seinfeld for sure. Seinfeld is my favorite TV show of all time and the guy is hilarious. Being able to hang out with him would be very cool.”

Who’s the toughest goalie you’ve ever faced? “Right now every goalie I’m facing is very tough, but to narrow that down I would have to say Jeff Malcolm from Yale last year. When he was on he was like a brick wall in that net, practices included, and I learned that part very well.”

If someone made the Rob O’Gara movie, which actor would you want to play you? “Leonardo DiCaprio. Guy’s versatile and I think he could use a simpler role. I’m not a very complex guy.  Also, he’s not bad looking.”

Do you have any hidden talents? “I think acting would be my hidden talent. I guess I’m not too bad at it. I would say dancing but the shopping cart is my only move.”

Did you feel like the wily veteran in your third Bruins development camp? “It was a very weird feeling but I definitely did feel like a vet at dev camp this year. I didn’t feel like the ‘deer in the headlights’ I think I was my first couple of years and really had fun putting myself out there, taking myself out of my comfort zone and just enjoying the entire camp experience like I never had before.”

What’s the best nickname anyone’s ever given you?  “‘The Sheriff.’ May have come up with it myself though.”

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? How come? “Otto Rocket from ‘Rocket Power,’ an old Nickelodeon cartoon.  He was my hero as a kid mostly because I always wished I could skateboard.”



Favorites

Movie: “Saving Private Ryan”

TV show: “Seinfeld”

Band/artist: Kid Cudi

Video game: NHL 13

Vacation spot: Disney World

Restaurant: Chipotle

Store: Costco

NHL player growing up: Chris Pronger

Person you follow on Twitter: David Portnoy (@stoolpresidente)

Sports jersey (other than your own): Middlesex Magic No. 9 basketball jersey

Either/or

Street clothes or suit and tie? Street clothes

“The Walking Dead,” “Sons of Anarchy” or “Dexter”? “None of the above. I’m an ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ guy right now.”

Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks or Tim Hortons? Dunks

Yankees or Mets? Yanks

Facebook or Twitter? Twitter

Equipment

Skates: Bauer

Gloves: Warrior

Stick: Bauer

Helmet: Bauer

This article originally appeared in the August 2013 issue of New England Hockey Journal.

Twitter: @JesseNEHJ
Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com