Q: Is there ever a day that you don’t want to be an enforcer?
Matthew Macdonald, Winnipeg, Man.
A: Nope, never.
Q: Do you think fighting is an important part of hockey? Why?
Brandon Renaud, Woodslee, Ont.
A: Ya, I mean, it’s always been around, I think it’ll always be around. As they say, over the years the roles change a little bit of what a fighter is; you’ve got to be able to play the game, but I think hopefully fighting will always be a part of the game.
Q: Who’s the hardest player to play against in the league?
Ashley H., Buffalo
A: The hardest player? Every goalie. Laughs…Evgeni Nabokov, I never get a sniff against him.
Q: How would you describe yourself as a player?
Matthew Zaik, Spruce Grove, Alta.
A: I try to be the most complete player I can; get in on the forecheck, get my hits in, obviously protect my teammates when I have to, protect myself and provide energy. But put points up to. This year was a little slow, but I always liked to get points, have always gotten points. I’m not just a one-dimensional kind of guy.
Q: What was your first NHL fight like?
Eric Post, Arnprior, Ont.
A: It was against Danny Richmond in Chicago. We were both warming up and I think it was my third game. We looked at each other and smiled because we’d fought a bunch of times in the minors and we knew what was going on. It was fun. I won. Obviously.
Q: What is the scariest part of fighting in the NHL?
Ryan Wright, New Hazelton, B.C.
A: There is nothing really scary about it. I mean if you know what you’re doing and you’re a good fighter, it doesn’t matter how big the other guy is, really. It obviously puts you at a disadvantage, but I’d rather fight someone big who doesn’t like fighting as opposed to someone who’s small and likes fighting.
Q: What kind of off-season training do you do and do you do anything specific to being an enforcer?
Cam Hackett, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
A: Nope, just regular stuff that everyone else does. There’s no boxing or UFC or any of that stuff, just regular training.
Q: Who do you think is the best fighter in the league?
Philip Bailey, Watertown, Mass.
A: I don’t really like picking anyone else to be honest with you.
Q: Is there anything you think about specifically before a fight or as a fight is beginning?
Nicholas Holliday, Aurora, Ont.
A: No, just trying to go on instinct and the way he’s setting up before the fight and if he’s going to come in fast or slow. I mean, it’s mostly adrenaline and instinct takes over.
Q: What did it feel like to play for Wayne Gretzky?
Stephen Haring, Torbay, Nfld.
A: People always ask me that and he is Wayne Gretzky, but he’s the boss and, like anybody else, you’ve got to please your boss and make him happy. And that’s what I tried and do.
Q: How old were you when you started skating?
Roberto Bergonzi Martinez, Alicante, Spain
A: I was three years old.
Q: Who’s your favorite team to play against?
Bradley Sylvestre, Okotoks, Alta.
A: The New York Rangers.
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