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Joe Corvo

The Hockey News

The Hockey News

Status: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman

HT: 6-foot WT: 205 pounds

June 20, 1977 In: Oak Park, Ill.

Hockey Inspiration:
"As far as teams go – the Blackhawks, being from Chicago. Getting to go to some games to see those guys play was an inspiration for me. Doug Wilson, Chris Chelios, watching Savard do The Spin-o-rama…Jeremy Roenick - I had a chance to play with him."

Hobbies/Leisure Activities:
"I'm big on downloading music and movies. Other than that I have two young boys, so a lot of time's spent playing with them."

"Jose, Jose Cuervo, Crazy Legs."

Favorite Movie:
"Batman right now. The Dark Knight."

Musical Tastes:
"It’s a mixed bag, but a lot of dance; a lot of deejays - Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, Ferry Corsten. I like the alternative songs that come out...Buck Cherry."

Last Book Read:
"Double Cross, by James Patterson."

Favorite TV Show:
"In terms of serious, Rescue Me. For funny stuff, I like Family Guy."

First Hockey Memory:
"I guess scoring my first goal when I was like five or six. I was playing on a team with people a year older, I think. And I just remember my dad (Rob) was the coach, so I remember skating over to the bench and giving my dad a hug, right in the middle of the game."

First Job:
"What did I do? I was a runner on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Actually, let's go back...I hung chandeliers and moved furniture when I was in college."

b"My dad owned a body shop so he got me a Mustang LX (white). He wouldn't give me a (Mustang) 5.0 because he thought I might kill myself with it, and he was probably right."

Current Car:
"Range Rover (silver)."

Pre-Game Feeling:
"I try not to think too much about hockey and just relax. I don't really start thinking about the game until I start getting dressed, really. And that's not anything specific, just getting in the mind state. If I take it too seriously, I become too tense; that's not how I want to be. I just try to think about being focused and enjoying it."

Favorite Meal:
"Let's go with chicken parmesan and angel hair."

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:

Greatest Sports Moment
: "Playing in the (2007) Stanley Cup final (with Ottawa) probably, against Anaheim. We didn't win, but all eyes are on that. That's a pretty high achievement."

Most Painful Moment:
"Losing to Anaheim in the finals. It's pretty painful because it's tough to get there. That was my first time in the playoffs and I was fortunate enough to get there, but it was painful to lose that one."

Most Memorable Goal:
"Probably in the same year; we were away playing Buffalo in Game 2. We had already won Game 1 and everybody picked them to beat us. I think I scored in double or triple overtime to win Game 2 and put us up 2-0 and we didn't look back after that. So that was one of the biggest goals I've scored."

Closest NHL Friends:
"Erik Cole and Derek Armstrong. I hope I'm not forgetting anybody. Basically, I think you're the closest with the team you're playing for at the time. But you keep some friends that get moved or when you get moved."

Funniest Players Encountered:
"Ray Whitney's got to be up there. Jeremy Roenick, he was up there; he was pretty comical. (What is it about Whitney?) I think he read a book on one-liners and memorized them all. So he's got them all at his disposal. Brian McGrattan was pretty funny, too."

Toughest Competitors:
"Hmmm, I think an underrated one is probably (Vyacheslav) Kozlov in Atlanta. He's a smaller guy, but he competes hard. As far as all-around tough, probably (Alex) Ovechkin. He plays really hard, bangs you pretty good when he gets the chance and he can make plays. Other than that, you can probably pick a guy off every team's third line. I think that (Milan) Lucic in Boston is tough to play against because, for a big guy, he can skate and he's always looking for a big hit."

Embarrassing Hockey Memory:
"Hmm, I guess any glaring mistake is embarrassing. If you think everybody knows you made it. I don't know, nothing too crazy. I never put the puck in my own net or anything like that."

Funny Hockey Memory:
"Pre-season in L.A., we were playing in Vegas. J.R., during the break, J.R. decided he was going to do a little dance number. That was the funniest thing I've ever seen on the ice."

Last Vacation:
"We went to Cabo (San Lucas) last summer."

Favorite Players To Watch:
"Lately, in general, I've been watching Boston a lot; they're exciting. They've got (Phil) Kessel, they've got (Blake) Wheeler and they've got (Marc) Savard. They've got guys who are either dangling or shooting or making plays and they're pretty fun to watch. In terms of players, I like to watch guys I've played with before. I like to watch Ottawa play, Heatley, Alfredsson, Spezza play, that's about it."

People Qualities Most Admired:
"I guess honesty. I like people, teammates and coaches in particular, who are honest and up-front with you. And supportive, I’m just not a big fan of guys who talk behind other player's backs - things like that can destroy a team. I just like people like that - honest and supportive teammates are probably the two most important qualities."

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