March 30, 2016
Princeton midfielder Zach Currier has a team-best 42 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers through seven games in 2016. (John Strohsacker)
Princeton midfielder Zach Currier has a team-best 42 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers through seven games in 2016. (John Strohsacker)

Give and Go: Zach Currier

The one-time NHL prospect turned Princeton midfielder never forgets his Canadian roots

by Megan Schneider | | Twitter

What's your favorite song?

"Last Dance With Mary Jane" by Tom Petty. I could probably say any Tom Petty song. He's a boss.

While he starred in ice hockey, Zach Currier was not going to pass up the offer to play at Princeton. (Vinny Carchetta)

Who's your favorite author?

Hunter S. Thompson because he looks at the American Dream through an unconventional lens, and as a Canadian who has spent the past five years in the United States, I appreciate his perspective.

What's the biggest obstacle you've overcome?

Leaving home at 16 to go to Culver (Ind.). It was difficult to say goodbye to all of the friends I grew up with and being away from my family was really tough.

If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

Terry Fox. Many Americans don't know his story, but it's incredibly inspirational and it would be so cool to be able to talk with him about his journey.

What type of animal would best describe your style of play?

Badger, because of its tenacity and grit.

What are your pregame rituals?

None really. I just put on my equipment and get ready to go. I'm not a very superstitious person.

What’s been the proudest moment of your career?

Playing for Team Canada's U19 team in 2012 for the FIL World Games in Finland.

What's your favorite hobby?

Definitely hockey. I learned to skate when I was 4 and played hockey up until I went to Princeton. I still get on the ice every year for our intramural league that our lacrosse team has. We've yet to lose a game in my time here so far.

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?

An NHL hockey player for the Montreal Canadians. I was obsessed with hockey from the time I learned to skate and it was all I had my heart set on.

Why’d you choose lacrosse over hockey?

I chose lacrosse over hockey because I wasn't about to pass up the opportunity to play lacrosse at an incredible place like Princeton.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Chicken Alfredo. By far my favorite meal. 

What's one thing that always puts you in a good mood?

Going home for Christmas every year. It's the only time I'm home other than summer, so it's always awesome to see my family and all of my friends.

Who is your role model?

I have too many role models to be able to single one out in particular, but I've always looked up to members in my family.

What's one thing you can't live without?

Definitely my family. Leaving home at such a young age has definitely made me realize how much I appreciate them and how supportive they really are. Without them, I wouldn't be where I am today, no doubt about it.

What's the most adventurous thing you've ever done?

White water rafting in the Ottawa River with my dad and my brothers. It was a great time and the three of us still talk about the experience to this day.

Portions of this interview originally appear in the March 2016 issue of Lacrosse Magazine. Join US Lacrosse today to begin receiving your copy!

Where did you go on your last vacation?

To Virginia Beach to spend the week with my brother during our fall break. It's always nice to be able to go to his school, Virginia Wesleyan, and be able to hang with him and his friends.

Who's your favorite athlete?

My favorite athlete would have to be my little sister Grace. I really enjoy watching her play. It's fun to watch her get better each and every day.

What’s your favorite sports movie?

 “Warrior.” I’ve watched it upwards of 10 times and it never gets old for me.

Who is your favorite superhero?


What’s on your bucket list?

It would be really cool to go skydiving. It would be an awesome experience.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Being able to surf would be a really cool and fun skill to have.

What is your favorite inspirational quotation? 

“If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.”

It’s 2025 — Where are you and what are you doing?

Hopefully working for some sports-related company and still playing lacrosse.

OVERTIME from Denver defenseman Christian Burgdorf:

Do you have any superstitions that you keep after wins? 

Our team will play the song "Return of the Mack" once we're back in the locker room and I won't shave my beard after wins.

DOUBLE OVERTIME from Zander Johnston (@zander_johnston) and Chloe Wain (@chloewainn):

How did hockey make you a better lacrosse player?

For transferable skills, I notice it most with ground balls. In hockey, the puck is always on the ice, so when I'm playing lacrosse, it's almost like stick handling in order to get the ball going my way.

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