With the new rule changes, are the days of the stay-at-home defenseman numbered?
Charlton Carscallen, Hawkestone, Ont.
Â“No, I think every team needs some defensive defensemenÂ…you need a good mix. With the game being called the way it is now you need some good penalty killers, so there is always room for the stay-at-home guy.”
At the beginning of the year, the refs were calling everything. Do you think they will loosen the reins as the season goes on, and how hard has it been to adjust to the new rules?
Mike O’Toole, from Toronto, Ont.
Â“It’s been tough to adjust, for sure! But I think we’ve got the hang of it now. I just hope they stay consistent through the year. As long as they’re consistent, no one is going to complain about it.Â”
I am a defenseman playing minor bantam. Can you give me some advice on how to get to your level in hockey?
Ryan O’Connor, from Hamilton, Ont.
Â“Just work hard and enjoy yourself. That’s the main thing. I still love to come to the rink every day. It’s not really a job to me. I just love it, being around the boys and playing hockey, so just enjoy it, work hard, and everything will work out.Â”
What defensemen did you idolize growing up?
Melissa Gyssels, from Chatham, Ont.
Â“Chris Chelios, Scott Stevens, Ray BourqueÂ…I looked up to them growing up as a kid. They are all great players, in their own way. And they’ll be Hall of Famers. All of themÂ”
Why do you change your hairstyle so much, and can you give me a hairstyle tip?
Matthew Hayashida, from Abbotsford, B.C.
Â“My wife gives me my hairstyle ideas. But now I’m going bald so there won’t be too many more new ones.Â”
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