Originally created 02/26/03

Five Questions with Ryan Lauzon



Ryan Lauzon

Forward

No. 26

Age: 22

Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Ht./Wt.5-10, 188

Nickname: Lazer

Family: Parents, John and Gail; brother Kyle (16).

Career notes: Scored seven goals and added 12 assists in 58 games for ECHL Mississippi. Also appeared in two games for AHL Springfield. Suffered a broken ankle in Game 2 of the Sea Wolves' first-round series against Jackson last season. ... Was the Phoenix Coyotes' fourth-round draft pick in 1999.

2002-03 notes: Lauzon is fourth on the team in scoring with a career-high 35 points on 17 goals and 18 assists. ... Scored his first career hat trick in a Feb. 15 win over Cincinnati.

Q: You had an outstanding junior career, winning a Memorial Cup with the Hull Olympiques of the Quebec League. Is that the highlight of your career so far?

A: "I loved my four years playing for Hull, and winning the Memorial Cup my first year was incredible. I played with some great players and learned a lot from those guys. Guys like (NHLers) Peter Worrell and Colin White. It was a great experience."

Q: What was it like for you being taken in the NHL draft, and how did your first year in the Coyotes organization go for you?

A: "Getting drafted was a dream of mine, and I got to attend two NHL camps and played in five exhibition games my second year. I played with and against a lot of great players, and you can only learn from those guys. The exhibition games were against Dallas twice, San Jose, Los Angeles and Anaheim. I got lots of ice time and scored two goals, one against (Dallas goalie) Marty Turco and one against (San Jose's) Miikka Kiprusoff."

Q: You're having a career year offensively. Do you think that bodes well for you regarding your future with the Coyotes?

A: "Well, it's the last year of my contract, and I know I needed to put up better numbers this year to have a chance to be re-signed. I've been able to have a pretty good year, and the coaching staff here has given me more of an opportunity to create offensively. I always felt I could be an offensive player if I got my chance."

Q: You're one of the fastest skaters in the league. Were you always blessed with great speed?

A: "I'm pretty lucky. My dad taught me how to skate when I was young and I'm lucky to have kind of a natural stride. Once I hit junior, you work out more and that helps out. I've always been a good skater, but I've worked at it to get even better."

Q: Who are your biggest hockey influences?

A: "Well, as I said, my dad taught me the game, and has always been a big influence on me. I never really had a favorite NHL player growing up to influence me. Right now, my favorite player is (Anaheim's) Paul Kariya. I look at a player like Kariya and he's a smaller guy like myself, and I really enjoy watching him play."

-Rob Mueller