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Fan Shootout: Erik Cole

Who is your favorite player of all-time?

Ryan Deacur, New Denver, B.C.

Mario Lemieux.

You’re known as a guy who brings it every night. What does it mean to you to have that kind of reputation?

Geoff Wong, Edmonton

A lot of guys respect a guy that can show up and perform every night at a high competitive level. I think that’s one of the best compliments you can get.

Who is the hardest goalie in the NHL to score on today?

Philip Bailey, Watertown, Mass.

Oh man, I’m going to have to say Nikolai Khabibulin.

What is your favorite pre-game meal?

Katie, Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask.

Omelet with a short stack of pancakes.

How does the atmosphere differ between Edmonton and Carolina?

Trevor Harston, Minto, N.B.

Edmonton fans are a bit more knowledgeable and hold you to a little bit of a different standard when they come to the games. Fans in Carolina come to the game to be excited and have a night out and are cheering away. Before they start cheering, Edmonton fans want to see something happen out there.

How did you get your amazing shot? What do you do specifically to work on it?

Michael Harris, Toronto

For me, everyone’s always tweaking with their sticks, working on what is your lie or your curve, so that’s obviously one thing. But also I purchased a gripper. It’s a plate-loaded machine to help strengthen my hands and my forearms.

Did you feel more pressure playing in Edmonton as opposed to Carolina because it’s in Canada and not the U.S.?

Brant Martin, Pine Lake, Alta.


Who is the player in the league that you dread playing against the most?

Chris Lee, Renfrew, Ont.

I’ll say Dan Boyle. He’s tough to get around offensively, but he’s also tough to deal with on defense because he can skate so well.

Are there any differences you can say about playing in the Eastern and Western Conferences?

Joshua Younker, Irma, Alta.

No, I don’t think there is too much of a difference really. The big difference is in the travel and kind of the lifestyle – you’re on the road more nights. In the east you might get to fly back home because the majority of the flights are two hours or less, whereas in the west two hours is usually about the minimum.

Do you get nervous around trade-deadline time?

Mike Harland, Kitchener, Ont.

(Laughs) No, you don’t get nervous about it. I think that when it comes to that time, it’s that time of year where everybody is playing with a little bit more edge. Or everybody is waiting for something to happen, which in my opinion has the ability to kind of stall some teams if there’s a lot of speculation surrounding them. Sometimes you watch those teams that there’s all that speculation around, then the deadline passes and they start to play a real good brand of hockey because the pressure is off and the attention is off their team and they can go out and play.

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