Chat with Chay Genoway
How did your first season in the BCHL go?
It went real good. I came back to defense, and as the year went along, I became more and more comfortable. By the end of the year, I was out there every other shift.
You have played both forward and defense in your career. How much and when did you play each position?
I played forward both years at Shattuck, and I played forward the year before I went there. I played defense my whole life before that.
Which position do you feel better suits you?
Definitely defense. I made the transition back there this season and I felt comfortable. I really understand the game from back there -- the play is in front of me. I also think I can create more back there. I'm fairly offensively minded, I guess, but come playoff time I matched up with other teams' top lines and sacrificed a lot of the offensive stuff.
Because of your experience at both forward and defense, it has led many people to think that you might play both positions at UND, like Lee Marvin has for the past four seasons.
I'm shooting to play defense, but whatever the coaches ask me to do, I will do it.
The stereotype of UND defensemen is that they are real big, real strong and real physical. You don't fit into that mold.
Every team needs different types of players. I think with the rules changes in the game, it makes more room for smaller defensemen like myself. But I don't want to be seen as just an offensive defenseman. I want to do it all. You have to do it all.
UND has sent a number of defensemen to the pros in recent seasons, and the coaches have done a good job developing blue liners. Did this factor into your decision in choosing UND?
Absolutely. Brad Berry works with the defensemen and he knows a lot about the defensive part of the game. I'm excited to learn from him.
What are your expectations for next season?
I know the jump is going to be a big challenge. I'm excited to play with a bunch of good players and I know that every week in practice it is going to be a battle just to play on the weekend.
You've played against two future teammates, Darcy Zajac and Evan Trupp, in the BCHL this season. What can you tell me about those players?
I hear a lot of people say that Darcy is a grinder. And yeah, he does play with a bit of an edge, but he'll put up some good numbers. He centered (Salmon Arm's) top line all year and he put up big numbers. He's not afraid to stick his nose in, either. Trupp is a heckuva hockey player. He's not gifted with great size, but you can never catch him and he sees the ice so well.
Grand Forks won't be a strange place for you, as you roomed with Jonathan Toews and Ryan Duncan at Shattuck, and you saw games at Engelstad Arena when your brother played.
I was around there a lot. I've watched enough games in that rink to where I understand the history and what it's all about. I'm excited to get there and hang around The Ralph.