Drafted in the 2nd Round, 34th overall, Guelph Storm Draft Pick Ben Chiarot recently took the time to answer the following questions:
Q. What went through your head when you were drafted 34th overall by the Storm?
A. I was really surprised, Guelph was the one team I never talked to before the draft. It’s close to my hometown so I was really happy about that, also since Guelph has been turning out such good defensemen like Ryan Parent, Drew Doughty, and Mike Caruso it really gave me an idea of how good the coaching is there.
Q. Are you setting any goals for yourself this season?
A. In my rookie season I just want to help my team win in any way I can. I hope to just play solid defense while adding some offense when I have the opportunity.
Q. What kind of impact would you like to have with the Storm?
A. I hope to play an important role on defense. I feel that with quality coaching and experience in the league I will be able to contribute and have a bigger impact with the Storm.
Q. You’re joining a team with a very rich history of winning. Any nerves at all about joining the 2004 OHL Champions?
A. Not nerves, I’m just excited to play for the Storm. I want to help continue the winning ways that the Storm have had over the past years.
Q. What would you say are your best attributes?
A. My mix of size and skating I feel is what makes me the player I am. I like to skate with the puck and create offense when I can. My physical play is probably my best attribute.
Q. On the other hand, what would you say you need to improve upon?
A. I need to improve on my conditioning during the off-season. Also coach Barr pointed out that I need to work on playing with my head up.
Q. What accomplishments are you most proud of in your young hockey career?
A. Winning the OHL cup is something I’m very proud of. Being drafted in the 2nd round by the Storm would defiantly be my favorite moment of my career so far.
Q. Who has been the most influential person in your hockey career to date?
A. My parents for sure, they’ve given up a lot of their time so I could play hockey. They’ve always been there helping me along the way without them I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Q. When did you start playing hockey?
A. I started skating when I was four and played organized hockey when I was five.
Q. What is your nickname?
A. Well no one really knows how to say my last name so I’ve heard names like cherry-ott or cherry-it.
Q. What has been your most memorable game/hockey moment to date?
A. Scoring the game winning goal in the OHL cup championship has been my most memorable moment in hockey. I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.
Q. What is your most embarrassing hockey moment?
A. In the OHL cup I took a penalty and the score keeper announced my name wrong so I knocked on the glass and corrected him he must not have heard me because he said it wrong about three or four times after that.
Q. What is the greatest lesson you have learned from hockey?
A. I’ve learned that hard work really pays off. I feel that hard work is what makes you the person that you are, anything you accomplish in life comes from hard work.
Q. What type of player would you say you are and who would you compare your game too?
A. I’m a physical defenseman that likes to create offense. I try to play like my favourite player Dion Phaneuf.
Q. What number would you hope to wear as a member of the Storm and is there any significance behind it?
A. I hope to wear number 77 next season I’ve been wearing it since I was 12 years old, I wear it because I liked Paul Coffey as a kid.