Q: This past weekend at Miami, UND was down 2-0 both games, but came back in both to grab five out of six points. What does that say about the resiliency of this team?
A: It says a lot. It's just kind of the group we have this year. Whenever we're down in a game or whatever, we're never out of it. It's just that group belief that we can do it and I love that about this team.
Q: The team heads to Duluth this weekend for a tough series at AmsOil Arena. The Bulldogs are sitting in second place in the conference, right behind UND. What are you expecting out of them?
A: It's always a tough game going into Duluth. They're a very good team and they're going to come out hungry after last weekend. We know that. So we expect it to be a hard, physical game. Probably our toughest game of the year. It's going to be a fun one though, for sure.
Q: Your uncle, Sandy Smith, played hockey at Minnesota Duluth. Who is your family going to be rooting for?
A: (Laughing) I think they're rooting for me. Sandy has ties there obviously, but I think when it comes down to it, it's family right now.
Q: You come from a very athletic family. Both of your parents played sports in college. Your one sister plays soccer at Bemidji State and your other sister is committed to play hockey at Bemidji State. Was it super competitive in your household growing up?
A: Yes, it was extremely competitive. I have two younger sisters, so I had to be a little hard on them sometimes. The whole Smith family has family gatherings and stuff, and it's very competitive. It's kind of fun to watch. If you're not part of the family and you happen to watch it, it's pretty entertaining, I bet.
Q: You played hockey at Brainerd High School under former UND hockey standout Jim Archibald. What was it like having him as a coach?
A: He's a very intense guy, obviously. I think you can tell that by the way he played. But I really respected him and the way he coached. He really taught me a lot of life lessons and how to play the game the right way I think.
Q: Last week, Casey Johnson said that you and Zach Yon aren't big fans of the locker room music. You both like country, so who is your favorite artist?
A: I'd say my favorite artist is Eric Church. Favorite band would be the Turnpike Troubadours.
Q: What's the best concert you've been to?
A: Either Eric Church here three years ago or my first ever concert, Bruce Springsteen.
Q: You live with some of your teammates, but you also have a four-legged roommate. What type of dog do you have?
A: He's a yellow lab. He's more of a golden-red color.
Q: I know you like hunting. Does your dog also like to hunt?
A: He's a hunting dog through and through. We kind of breed dogs. He came out of our third litter and we're going to have a fourth this summer. So we kind of have the family genetics and it's fun to watch.
Q: Getting him a brother soon?
A: My family is not going to be keeping one, I don't think, out of this next one, but maybe some other time we'll breed him or have our other pup have another one. So maybe there will be another one down the line.