Q & A with Terriers’ captain Brakel

As captain of one of the MJHL’s most storied franchises, Portage Terriers, Chase Brakel has established himself as one of the exciting stars to watch in the MJHL. The native of Winnipeg also recently committed to prestigious Cornell University.


Q: Biggest influence in your hockey career?
A: My dad and my mom

Q: Favourite NHL team?
A: Edmonton Oilers

Q: Favourite NHL player?
A: Brendan Gallagher

Q: If you weren’t playing hockey, what would you be doing?
A: Fishing

Q: Any superstitions?
A: Drinking ‘Michael’s secret stuff ‘ before a game.

Q: Best dressed Terrier?
A: Ty Barnstable

Q: Favourite music?
A: Country

Q: Tell us one thing no one would know about you?
A: Can play guitar pretty well

Q: Most memorable moment as a Terrier?
A: Winning the Turnbull Cup last year

Q: Can you name one or two “famous” Cornell alumni?
A: Bill Nye

Q: Favourite meal?
A: Perogies and Sausage

Q: Your grandfather, Hank, who has since passed, was the long-time GM of the St. Boniface Saints? What would he say to you today?
A: He would be very proud, he was always a big supporter of both my brother and me.

Q: Who would play Chase Brakel in the TV movie?
A: KJ Apa

Q: If there’s a villain in your movie, who would play the villain role?
A: Christoph Waltz

Q: How special is it to play for the Terriers?
A: It’s very special to play in Portage. We have the best arena, fans and staff in the league. I wouldn’t want to play anywhere else.

Q: Apparently no one is allowed to wear street shoes in the Terrier dressing room? Any other dressing room rules?
A: Don’t step on the logo!

Q: Other than Portage, where are the wildest fans in the MJHL?

Q: Who would win a fight between Kanye West and Flo-Rida?
A: Kanye

Q: Favourite non-hockey athlete?
A: Paul Pogba

Q: Favourite actress?
A: Kiera Knightley

Q: You a back of the bus guy? Or front?
A: Back

Q: How do you pass the time on a long bus trip?
A: Playing cards with Ryan Sokoloski

Q: Without using profanity, best chirp you’ve heard on the ice about you?
A: Anything involving my hair color.