How's your season going? "It's going pretty good. The team has been up and down. We have to find our groove. But we have a good team and we could make a run at it."
Did you hurt your knee? "I dislocated my knee in the Eastern Junior Hockey showcase playing for my uncle Andrew in July. I'm not 100 percent but I'm close. I have another knee injury, too."
The Heinze family is legendary in local hockey. Give us the background. "My father is Peter, he played for North Andover and UMass Lowell and was drafted in the supplemental draft (1986 Edmonton Oilers). My uncle Andrew played at Merrimack and is one of the all-time points leaders (77-89—166). He played pro in England. My uncle Steve played at BC (Hall of Famer) and in the 1992 Olympics and then with the Bruins (9 years), Blue Jackets, Sabres and Kings.
"My grandfather (Norm Heinze) played AAA baseball and did a great job raising the three who played hockey. He cheers all the grandkids on. My uncle Andrew has three kids who play hockey. One is a freshman girl, (Leah of North Andover) at Pingree. She's the oldest. My great uncle is Beep Foster. My uncle Tim Foster played at Merrimack."
Do you feel pressure being a Heinze? "It's tough to live up to. It's a double-edged sword. It's good and it's bad. People know who I am. I feel the pressure to live up to my father and my two uncles. It's getting easier. I'm older and can handle it better. I still feel some pressure. I just try to go out and have a good time. I love the game as much as they do."
Some kids play juniors instead of for their high school team. Did you consider that? "I decided to come back and try to win a state championship with Coach Dugan. Me and best friend, Nolan Dow, were named captains. That made the decision easier."
What's your favorite personal athletic achievement? "Freshman year winning states. I didn't do much. It gave me the drive to get back. The day after the state championship, my uncle Steve called and said, 'We got shellacked (at North Andover in the title game).' He said he never got a ring like I did. He said I have him beat."
What's been the lowest point of your career? "One year trying out for a team before high school. I was on Junior Elites before that. I got cut. I was so bummed out. It drove me to work harder."
What's your favorite Coach (Ryan) Dugan story? "Today, Coach was all fired up. He kicked the barrel across the room and trash went everywhere. He likes to kick the trash barrel."
Do you like having your father as an assistant? "Wow, he knows so much about hockey. It helps the whole team. It's good and bad. That double-edged sword. He tries to make an example out of me. But I love it. It's a positive for everyone. He's a great coach."
Who's going to win the Stanley Cup? "I love watching the NHL Network. It's hard not to pick the Bruins."
How are you doing academically? "I do pretty well. I'm in National Honor Society."
Are you looking at any schools? "I'm not sure what I'll do next year. I'm just worrying about finishing up this year strong."
What's something people don't know about you? "Me and my dad go fishing a lot and hunt."
Are you in any other sports or clubs? "I play baseball, too. I'm a first baseman. I started last year."
What's your dream job? "I'd like to broadcast and I'd love to coach."
Who's your dream date? "Jessica Alba."
What is your pet peeve? "I have a lot! When people say the word 'like' a lot."
Do you have a nickname? "Bug or Grrrr. When I was a baby I had a bug in my ear. My buddies call me Grrr because I get mad all the time and go grrrrrr."
What is the most embarrassing song you have in your iPod? "Johnny Cash 'A Boy Named Sue.'"
If you were named principal, what's the first thing you'd do? "Get the dances back."
Group or singer: Drake
Radio station: 98.5 Sports Hub
Book: "Travis Roy's 'Eleven Seconds.'"
Website: NHL.com or NHIAA.com
Actor/actress: Adam Sandler
Movie: "Friday Night Lights"
TV show: "NHL on the Fly"
Athlete: Sidney Crosby
Food: My grandmother Martha "Beam" Heinze's chicken Parmesan
Car: Lamborghini with the wing tip doors
Restaurant: The 99s
Course in school: History