24 seconds with Richard Park

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

Vancouver Canucks' forward Richard Park is the NHL's second Korean-born player. He's on the mend from a right knee injury and hopes to resume playing next week.

24 hours: How is rehab coming?

#18 Richard Park: "Anytime you're injured it's a different kind of obstacle you have to overcome. Mentally you have to stay really positive and you can't lose your focus and your drive."

24: During the lockout you played in Switzerland and Sweden. How was that experience?

#18: "The way they live their lives over in Europe is very different. It makes me understand what it's like for a European to come to North America to play."

24: You debuted in 1994-1995 with the Pittsburgh Penguins and had some interesting teammates.

#18: "I was 18-19 years old, everything was an eye opener for me. Markus (Naslund) was there. He was a young guy, too. Just to get a chance to be around Mario (Lemieux) and (Jaromir) Jagr, they're a great group of guys who will one day be hall of famers."

24: What's your favourite restaurant in Vancouver? Have you found a good spot for Korean barbeque?

#18: "I've tried quite a bit of them, but not more than once. My favourite restaurant is Il Giardino, I go there quite a bit."


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