SUN Hockey Pool

One on one with Mike Rogers

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:16 AM ET

IT'S A SATURDAY NIGHT AND YOU DON'T HAVE A GAME TO WORK, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING?

Probably taking my wife out for dinner. I'm gone all the time, she doesn't get out much, so we enjoy each other.

PICK FIVE WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF?

Family oriented ... is that one word? This is really tough. Considerate, I hope I am. I think I'm outgoing, competitive. I'd say conscientious.

WHAT'S YOUR MOST TREASURED MATERIAL POSSESSION?

I would say a picture of Gordie Howe and myself together, just the two of us. Not a hockey picture, just buddies.

WHAT'S YOUR POSION?

I guess the hockey player comes out in me -- beer.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE UNHEALTHY FOOD?

I don't eat ice cream or chocolate or anything like that. Probably banana cream pie.

WHAT'S YOUR CULINARY SPECIALTY?

I'm just a barbecue guy. Just the basic steaks, nothing really fancy. Probably salmon is my extreme.

WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU PUNCHED AND WHY?

I think I had about five pro fights and I don't think I threw a punch -- except one -- that actually hit a guy. His name was Timo Blomqvist and he played for Washington. There was a scrum around the net, he kind of gave one of our players a shot and I dropped my glove and threw a punch. Cut my hand a little bit when I threw it. First and only one, I think.

DID YOU EVER COLLECT YOUR OWN MEMORABILIA?

I've got all my sweaters from when I played and that's about the extent of it. And some of the trophies I've won, they're downstairs. Surprisingly, I have nothing showing in my house.

DIDN'T I HEAR A STORY ABOUT YOU MISSING ONE KEY JERSEY?

The only one I don't have is my first year Edmonton Oilers sweater. Someone has it, though ... bugger.

WHAT'S YOUR CELLPHONE RING?

Normal, cause I can't figure out how to do anything else.

WHO'S THE MOST FAMOUS PERSON IN YOUR CELLPHONE?

You know what? I don't even know how to figure out speed-dial on it so I don't have anybody on there.

WHAT TV SERIES DO YOU WANT TO OWN ON DVD?

Definitely Seinfeld, which I do have. 24 also. 24 is my passion right now.

WHAT'S THE BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED?

Harry Neale's got a great line about going into the corners. He always told me, "Go in first or go in last, just don't go in at the same time. 'Cause you're going to get hit." (I learned) so much from my dad ... just treat people the way you want to be treated. That's the way my dad was, too.

WHAT'S THE FUNNIEST THING YOU'VE EVER SEEN HAPPEN DURING A GAME?

There's been a couple in Hartford. I think one of the funniest that I've seen is when we retired Johnny McKenzie's sweater in Hartford. As one of his gifts, they gave him a Rabbit, a Volkswagen Rabbit car. So they open the zamboni door and here's a kid driving it. He brings it out on the ice and, I don't know what this kid is thinking about, but he decides he's going to boot it. Actually gets some traction going. He loses control and runs into the boards, takes a piece of the boards out and scrapes the whole side of this rabbit that we're giving Johnny McKenzie. So they have to delay the game while they fix the boards, have to go get the Volkswagen repaired before they can give it to him. Only in Hartford.

WHAT'S THE STRANGEST PIECE OF FAN MAIL YOU EVER RECEIVED?

I never had women ... you always hear the guys saying about pictures of women. I think the best one I had was a guy wanted me to sign some cards and put in $5 and said to go buy a beer with the $5. So I guess he knew what I was about. I sent the money back and said thank you very much. He knew my reputation.

COULD YOU BE CONVINCED TO KARAOKE? IF SO, WHAT WOULD BE YOUR SONG?

Oh, I could ... Cats in the Cradle by Harry Chapin.


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