One on one with Ricci

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:31 AM ET

HOW THE DEVIL ARE YOU?

Good.

IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT AND YOU'RE NOT PLAYING. WHATCHA GONNA DO?

Depends where we are. At home, there's my wife, kids, dog, lots to do. It's different than on the road.

PICK FIVE WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF.

I don't know. It depends who you ask. Weird is the only one I can come up with. That's a tough one.

WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AT SCHOOL?

When I was there, I think I was pretty good.

WHAT'S YOUR MOST TREASURED MATERIAL POSSESSION?

There's two. My gun safe and my fishing rods.

I'M BUYING, WHAT'S YOUR POISON?

Canadian Club on the rocks. I don't like it with water, it dehydrates me.

WHO'S THE MOST FAMOUS PERSON IN YOUR CELLPHONE?

I've got a lot of famous people in my cellphone but they're hockey players, all of them.

WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU PUNCHED AND WHY?

I don't know. I've been in a few fights but never landed any punches. Usually on myself.

WHAT'S YOUR UNPLEASANT CHARACTERISTIC?

Some people say I'm agitating and get on people's nerves.

WHAT'S THE BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED?

What doesn't kill you will make you stronger. And keep working and good things will happen.

WHAT CAR REPAIRS COULD YOU PERFORM?

I can kick it.

WHAT'S YOUR CULINARY SPECIALTY?

I can cook. I'm barbecue wizard. Or my penne a la vodka is really good.

WHAT TV SERIES DO YOU WANT ON DVD?

The Sopranos.

WAS IT TOUGH TO CUT YOUR HAIR?

No. It was painless.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE 'RICCI'S UGLY' CHANTS?

It doesn't bug me much. They pay good money, they can say whatever they want.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE UNHEALTHY FOOD?

Cheeseburgers.

WHAT'S THE BEST CONCERT YOU'VE SEEN?

There's been a few. I saw Yes a long time ago and that was good. I also saw Elton John and Billy Joel, that was really good.

IF YOU WEREN'T A HOCKEY PLAYER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING?

A lawyer. No, I'd be doing something with fishing or hunting. I'd be in the bush somewhere.

WHAT TRAIT DO YOU ADMIRE MOST IN PEOPLE?

Hard work because it isn't easy to do.

BOBBLEHEADS -- THEY'RE SILLY, AREN'T THEY?

They're all right but they're a pain in the butt to sign. But they're pretty cool. For a slug, I have one and it looks like me.

DO YOU HAVE A PET?

A dog. A yellow lab.

THOSE ARE LOYAL DOGS.

He is loyal. He doesn't listen but is loyal.

WHAT WAS THE BEST YEAR OF YOUR LIFE?

They're all good. Most have been good at least. I can't pick just one.

YOU HAVE A FEW HOURS TO KILL. BOOK OR VIDEO GAME?

Definitely a video game. I don't have one with me but, if I did, I'd be playing bass fishing.

WHAT'S YOUR GREATEST FEAR?

Heights.

WHAT MOVIE MADE YOU TEARY-EYED?

Rudy.

NOW THAT YOU'RE AN ACTOR (HE PLAYED ELMER LACH IN THE ROCKET RICHARD MOVIE) DO YOU HAVE THE BUG?

No, not really. Unless they can get me on a soap opera. I want to be on a soap opera.

STRANGEST PIECE OF FAN MAIL?

I got one book I don't understand -- it had weird pictures in it. I don't like going to L.A.

FUNNIEST THING DURING THE GAME?

When I'm playing, I'm usually bent over catching my breath, so I don't see much.

COULD YOU BE CONVINCED TO KARAOKE AND, IF SO, WHAT'S YOUR SONG?

Oh yeah. Usually by the end of the night it's American Pie. I can sing George Thorogood, too. You're not going to hear me try and blurt out Whitney Houston.


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