What was your favorite team and player growing up?
“I grew up a Canucks fan as I grew up in Vancouver. I became a friend of Brendan Morrison. I got to know him pretty well.”
Who did you model your game after?
I always watched ‘Stevie Y’ (Steve Yzerman) while growing up. He and Joe Sakic were two of my favorites. I liked that they were very good two-way players, great leaders. They win.”
Who was your mentor growing up?
My parents. My Dad, Bruce, played a big role in developing me into the player I am today.”
Best piece advice you got as a young player?
“Work as best as you can and make sure you have fun doing it. You’re not having fun if you don’t want to work hard.”
First major purchase after signing an NHL contract?
I bought an Escalade EXT truck. That was the first vehicle I owned myself. I was excited about it. I sold it a couple of years ago.
What was your welcome to the NHL moment?
“I had a faceoff with ‘Mikey Mo’ (Mike Modano) at the end of my first period ever. Dallas was close to making the playoffs and we (Coyotes) were out of it. He said, “Welcome to the League.” Coming from him, it really meant a lot.”
What’s the best thing about being an NHLer?
Getting to live your dream. Having it fulfilled. Just seeing kids’ faces at games through the glass and throwing them a puck, little things like that.
The travel is tough, especially with two little ones at home. It puts a lot on my wife (Julie). There is a lot of stress being out on the road.
What’s been your craziest fan interaction?
There was a sign when I was in junior that someone made for me that read, “Chicken Legs.” That was pretty funny.
What’s your favorite spot on the ice?
“Playing center, you go everywhere, try to use your speed to get things moving in the right direction. The middle of the ice is most comfortable.”
What would you tell your 13-year-old self?
“Stick with things. It’s a process, not a sprint.”
– with Murray Pam