Shawn Collymore post-season quotes.

Shawn Collymore was brought in to add speed up front and a veteran presence in the room. His season mirrored the rest of the team: Better late than early. Playing heavy minutes, including power-play and occasional penalty-kill situations, the 27-year-old finished with 17 goals (tied for third) and 38 points (tied for second).

After spending all of last season in Denmark, it looks like Collymore is going back to Europe for 2011-12. Here’s what he said Tuesday before leaving Citizens Business Bank Arena for possibly the last time:

How do you evaluate your season?

For me personally, it was just an OK average season. I felt like I got a little bit of a slow start for whatever reason. Actually, the whole team did. We were all in a slow start. I felt like I picked it up at some point during the year, probably around Christmastime. I started to play well, get confident, do the things I wanted to do out there. Unfortunately I had the (sprained ankle) injury at a bad time. I didn’t finish the season the way I wanted to. When I did come back, I just wanted to help out the guys make the playoff run. I wasn’t at my best by any means. I feel the last two games I started to feel good, which is good for me personally, knowing that I was going to be OK. But it was kind of a bummer that the last two games were when i felt probably the best, out of the 10 I played after I came back. It’s disappointing. For a lot of the guys it’s their first time not making the playoffs. I know I’m in that situation this year. I can’t remember not making the playoffs as far back as ever. I made them all through my junior years and all through my pro. It sucks after being with the guys after 6-plus months and traveling with them all around, that you have to leave so quick.

Why do you think you started slow?

It was possibly more of a team thing, but I was also coming back from Europe, just getting re-acclimatized to the North American style. Also just getting to know your linemates, things like that. Of course when you’re struggling, everyone’s searching for the right combination, this and that. Everyone’s looking for their spot where they fit in. That takes a little time to find.

How do you explain the success you guys had late in the season?

It’s hard to say why. One, there was a sense of urgency because we had to catch Victoria and time was running out. Two, especially on our last stretch, we were just playing for each other. Guys liked each other a lot. Even after we found out we were eliminated, that kind of kept us going because it’s more fun to have winning than losing even though we were eliminated. That brought out some of the best in guys, playing more relaxed.

Where do you see yourself next season?

I really don’t know. I’m trying to go to Europe. Hopefully I have an opportunity there. If ever I were to come back and play in the ECHL, this organization is a good one to play for. I’d definitely come back.

You wouldn’t be deterred by the fact that this team has missed the playoffs two straight years now?

Things happened. You have to look at stuff like that. Sometimes you go elsewhere and it would be even worse. I’m confident this team will push forward. All the other pieces are there, when you look to go with a team – the organization. In Europe, you look at (if) they are paying the players on time. Here that’s not an issue. I mean, things like that. This organization stacks up really well. I’m sure the winning will follow.


You’re turning 28 next month. How long is your injury history aside from the ankle?

I’ve had a ton of injuries. I felt pretty healthy (at the start of the season). I’ve had a lot of injuries, but they aren’t injuries that required surgery to be done or anything like that. They were all pretty easy to recover from. I’ve never had surgery before, knock on wood. It’s not 100 percent right now. When I get home (Montreal) I’m going to start my workout routine, work out the ankle routine and make sure that’s dealt with. Ankles aren’t that big of a deal in hockey because you’re wearing your boot for extra support.

This entry was posted in Ontario Reign/ECHL and tagged by J.P. Hoornstra. Bookmark the permalink.

About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.
  • #1reignfan

    I hope Shawn decides to stay with us. He is an excellent player and we really enjoyed having him on the team 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Shawn Collymore has signed for the Smoke Eaters Geleen of the Dutch Eredivise.

  • agile project manager

    I have been exploring for a bit for any high-quality articles or blog posts on this sort of space . Exploring in Yahoo I at last stumbled upon this web site. Studying this information So i’m happy to exhibit that I have an incredibly excellent uncanny feeling I came upon just what I needed. I most for sure will make certain to do not omit this site and provides it a glance on a continuing basis.

  • supplements for memory

    Super story it is actually. I�ve been seeking for this tips.

  • Free VPN

    Undeniably imagine that that you stated. Your favorite reason seemed to be at the internet the simplest factor to understand of. I say to you, I certainly get irked at the same time as people consider worries that they plainly don’t know about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the highest and outlined out the whole thing without having side-effects , other folks can take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

  • games for girls

    Thank you for any other magnificent article. Where else could anybody get that type of info in such a perfect approach of writing? I’ve a presentation next week, and I am at the search for such info.

  • project management training

    Hi there very cool site!! Guy .. Excellent .. Amazing .. I will bookmark your web site and take the feeds additionally?I am satisfied to seek out a lot of useful info here in the submit, we want work out more techniques on this regard, thanks for sharing. . . . . .

  • escorte

    hey there and thank you on your info ? I’ve definitely picked up something new from proper here. I did alternatively experience a few technical issues the use of this site, as I experienced to reload the web site lots of instances prior to I could get it to load correctly. I have been puzzling over if your hosting is OK? Not that I am complaining, however sluggish loading instances times will very frequently impact your placement in google and could harm your high-quality score if advertising and marketing with Adwords. Anyway I’m including this RSS to my email and could glance out for much extra of your respective interesting content. Make sure you update this once more soon..

  • payday loans

    Hi, I do believe this is an excellent web site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I will come back yet
    again since I bookmarked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may
    you be rich and continue to help others. Payday Loans

  • way to lose weight

    It is in reality a nice and useful piece of info. I am satisfied that you just shared this useful info with us. Please stay us up to date like this. Thank you for sharing.

  • water heater

    Hi there, just become alert to your blog through Google, and found that it is truly informative. I am gonna be careful for brussels. I’ll appreciate in the event you continue this in future. Lots of folks will likely be benefited from your writing. Cheers!