Road Warrior: Johnny Boychuk

Who is your road roommate and what is a typical night like?
Vladimir Sobotka and he’s a great roommate. We usually go back to the room and watch a movie and hang out.

What is your favorite road arena?
I actually like playing in Toronto.

Who has the best road dressing room?
Minnesota. I didn’t actually play there, I sat out. But the dressing room is big, it’s nice and comfy and it’s a brand new arena. They even have a training room for the guys who are sitting out.

What’s your favorite road city to visit?
Edmonton, cause I’m from there. It’s nice to see the family.

What’s your favorite place on the road to eat?
Any steakhouse really.

So Alberta’s probably pretty good for that?
Yeah, but when I’m there I go home and my mom makes cabbage rolls.

What’s the best heckle you’ve ever heard?
There was one in the minors. I think our tough guy was puckhandling and somebody said, “That’s the first time I’ve ever seen a puck cry.” Everybody on the bench was laughing.

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What’s the best thing about travel?
Just being with the guys and getting to know the guys as well. It’s my first year and you get to know a lot of the guys you grew up watching play.

And the worst thing?
Not being in your own bed.

On the road are you a card player, book reader, video game guy?
If I don’t play cards, I read a book.

What was the last book you read and how was it?
I’m on the Last Symbol right now. It’s actually pretty good. It’s kind of like The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, same author (Dan Brown).

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