We talked to Liam Foudy after each day of Blue Jackets development camp, and so we were able to learn a little bit about the first round draft selection. Here, we share that information with you.
The weekend he was drafted was "really rushed."
He was able to celebrate, though. He had dinner with family Friday after he was taken 18th by the Blue Jackets, and it was his agent who paid for the meal, because Foudy explained, "I don't have any money."
He admits he grew up a Leafs fan, but he's also been a fan of former Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash.
Both Nash and Foudy played for the London Knights.
"He's got his jersey in the dressing room," Foudy said, "There's been a lot of great players there, but he definitely stands up as one of the top ones there."
He's already been in contact with a few of the players from the Blue Jackets roster.
Blue Jackets first round draft pick Liam Foudy says he has already received texts from #CBJ players like Boone Jenner, Nick Foligno, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Seth Jones, and Zach Werenski. pic.twitter.com/1YVF7iNkPH— 105.7 The Zone (@1057TheZone) June 26, 2018
It should be noted that Seth Jones' text came on top of a greeting they shared after Jones announced Foudy as the Blue Jackets draft pick in Dallas.
Foudy says that's "the biggest part of my game," and Chris Clark, who led the development camp agrees.
"One or two strides and he seems like he's at full speed, it seems like," said Clark. "He's just got a lot of bounce in his step, and it's fun to watch right now."
There's a reason he's fast.
You have probably heard that Foudy's parents are athletes. His father, Sean, competed in track and field and played in the Canadian Football League. His mother, France Gareau, was a sprinter who won a silver medal in the 1984 Olympics with the 4x100 Canadian relay team. She was the team's anchor.
They are also two of his coaches.
Foudy told 105.7 The Zone that he has a personal trainer, but it's mom and dad who handle his speed work.
"Sometimes you don't really want to listen to them because they're you're parents, right? But obviously there's an ultimate goal of playing in the NHL one day, so you've got to trust them and do the work."
Meanwhile, what did Foudy take away from camp?
"Being here, getting to see all the staff the coaches, things that opened up my eyes, and get me ready for main camp," said Foudy. "Just the work ethic, and how much the coaches expect of me. You've got to go out there, every drill is 100 percent, and you can't take anything off."