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Be like Mike? Camaryn wants to be like Brad

And not the Brad who conducted this interview
Photo courtesy James Egan photography

His family is no stranger to the hockey rink and the Ontario Hockey League.

For Camaryn Baber, he hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps on and off the ice.

Currently playing for the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Soo Thunderbirds, Baber is a draft pick of the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit. Baber’s father Brad, played in the OHL from 1991-95 with the Soo Greyhounds.

In SooToday’s latest Q&A, we spoke with Baber to get his thoughts on a wide variety of subjects, including why becoming a police officer is something he would be interested in.

Q: What is your first sports memory?

A: Definitely my first memory is when I was 9 years old and I got the call that I had made the rep team. The coaches were Frank Porco and Mike MacKay.

Q: What other sports are you interested in that people wouldn’t expect?

A: Definitely volleyball. I play a lot of volleyball at school and I love it. It’s a great sport.

Q: Who are three people, living or dead, that you would like to have dinner with and why?

A: Number one is definitely Sidney Crosby. He’s a role model of mine. Number two is probably Michael Jordan. That would be super cool. And definitely Michael Phelps. He’s just a winner in general and I could learn a lot from him.

Q: What non-sports career are you interested in and why?

A: A police officer. I see my dad do it and as hard as it must be, it seems like something I would be interested in and could see myself doing.

Q: What person, living or dead, that you admire most and why?

A: Probably Sidney Crosby. He’s such a great guy on and off the ice. He works hard no matter what.

Q: If you could be the commissioner for a day, what changes would you make to the sport?

A: There are so many things I would change but definitely the new faceoff rules and slashing rules. I think they’re terrible rules.

Q: What’s the most important life lesson you’ve learned?

A: Keep it humble and kind. Be the best person you can be every day and just be nice to people.

Q: What’s something people would be surprised to learn about you?

A: I’m a big hunter and fisherman. I really love that stuff.

Q: If you could have any super power, what would it be?

A: Definitely flying. I would love to fly around.

Q: If you were stranded on an island, what three things would you bring with you?

A: Water, matches and a hockey stick.