December 30, 2012

Hangin' Out With ... Worcester captain John McCarthy

By Jesse Connolly

John McCarthy is in his first season as captain of the Worcester Sharks. (Photo: Worcester Sharks)

If hockey ceased to exist, what line of work would you get into?

“I think I would start some sort of business so that I could work my own hours.”

If you could hang out with any celebrity, who would it be?

“I would hang out with Bill Belichick because I would like to see how he prepares for games.”

What’s the worst aspect of traveling during the season?

“The worst part of traveling is the fact that I need a lot of sleep. One night of little to no sleep for me carries over for days.”

What kind of car do you drive?

“I drive a 2007 BMW 328xi.”

Do you have any hidden talents?

“I can cross one eye.”

Which teammate has the worst fashion sense?

“Marek Viedensky is from Slovakia, so he has an interesting fashion sense.”

Which teammate would make the best TV analyst?

“Jimmy Bonneau would make a very good analyst on TV. He’s a very good talker.”

What was the worst course you had to take in school?

 “I didn’t enjoy taking poetry in school. I am not very creative or artistic.”

If forced to do karaoke, what song would you pick?

 “I’d sing ‘Sweet Caroline’ by Neil Diamond because I know all the words from going to Red Sox games.”

If someone made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?

“I like to think Matt Damon would play me because he’s my favorite actor.”


Movie: “Good Will Hunting”

TV show: “The Wire”

Band/Artist: Darius Rucker

Casino game: Blackjack

Road city: St. John’s, Newfoundland

NHL player growing up: Cam Neely

Restaurant: Strega Waterfront in Boston

Hobby/activity: Golf

Store: Lululemon


Home, road or alternate jersey (NHL): Home

“The Office,” “Mad Men” or “The Walking Dead”: “Mad Men”

Letterman, Leno or Conan: “Leno because he’s from my hometown.”

Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks or Tim Horton’s: Dunkin’ Donuts

Day games or night games: Day


Skates: Bauer

Gloves: Reebok

Stick: Reebok

Helmet: CCM

This article originally appeared in the December 2012 issue of New England Hockey Journal.

Jesse Connolly is the Bruins beat writer for New England Hockey Journal and is the editor of

Twitter: @JesseNEHJ