Kyle Okposo is down in Arlington, Virginia attending USA Hockey’s Olympic orientation camp at Kettler Iceplex, vying for a spot of the 2014 Olympic roster. This is Okposo’s second Olympic camp invite, he was invited in 2010 as well.
NHL Network’s E.J. Hradek caught up with Okposo during the first day of the two day camp to talk with him. Below are some of the highlights from that interview:
On being at orientation camp four years ago: “It was a good camp. It was a lot of fun meeting a lot of the guys. That experience was very valuable to me and just kind of learning the way. You saw what the team did in 2010 and I still remember getting that phone call that I didn’t make the team by David Poile. He said I was kind of on the fence and it was tough, but they fielded a really good team in 2010 and that’s what they’re hoping to do this year.”
On what it would mean to wear a USA jersey at the Olympics: “It’s special. I’ve watched the Olympics my whole life and every time you see that USA sweater go on it’s special. I have represented my country, I’ve been fortunate to do it a number of times in different events, but I think it would be another step up for the Olympics for sure.”
On breakout year with the Islanders: “I think it’s the experience and I think you just have to find ways that you’re going to be successful and figure that out. You have to try and find ways to get to the next level and I thought that I tried to do that throughout the year last year, and this summer also. I think as a team we took some good steps last year. We really played well in that series against Pittsburgh and it could have gone either way. We needed a couple of bounces, but that was a big step for our team. One that had been five years in the making and it was good to finally move forward with that.”
For the full interview click here.