TJ: I guess I need to update my social media, but my wife and I moved to Vegas a year and a half ago. We both prefer the beach life of California but Vegas really just made the most sense. Fortunately, it’s a quick drive if we need a break from the desert. The only times I really go to the strip are to play poker or if friends are visiting. There’s life off the strip in Vegas.
TJ: Well before I made it on to campus I’d stop in to Pat’s for pizza, zingers, and a milkshake. That was my favorite post-game spot. Then I’d go say hello to the Alfond.
TJ: For the most part, positive. I was given an amazing opportunity that few get to experience. I never made it to the NHL, and that inherently feels negative, but I now realize the NHL shouldn’t be the metric for what’s considered a successful career. How far you make it is arbitrary. It’s all about what you do with what you have, and I don’t have a lot of regrets with that. It was a hell of a ride.
FTS: On that ride, what’s the best road story you have from your time as a pro hockey player?
TJ: What happens on the road, stays on the road.
TJ: I made around $10,000 in one day playing $50/$100 limit online. Unfortunately, I lost about the same five days later. This was a few years ago and I no longer play at those stakes.
FTS: Given the uncertainty you mentioned with online poker, as well as the general uncertainty that comes with being a poker player, do you plan on playing poker professionally for the rest of your life or is there another endeavor you’d like to pursue?