One on one

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:52 AM ET

HOW THE DEVIL ARE YOU? I am absolutely great. It is Minor Hockey Week in Calgary and I get to watch my son Grant play. And Canada is on top of the world in our great game of hockey.

IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT AND YOU DON'T HAVE A GAME TO WATCH. WHATCHA GONNA DO?

Get my son and some of our best friends and go out and play 3-on-3 in the backyard arena. It is the greatest way to play the game.

PICK FIVE WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF.

I'm kinda of a laid-back, easy-going person with the ticking time bomb and edge to be successful.

WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AT SCHOOL?

I always wanted to be surrounded by my friends and making sure that I was always involved in all the activities at the school. I certainly was a practical joker with teachers and students.

WHAT'S YOUR MOST TREASURED MATERIAL POSSESSION?

My big-screen TV.

WHAT'S YOUR POISON?

A nice glass of red wine with a Cuban cigar.

WHO'S THE MOST FAMOUS PERSON IN YOUR CELLPHONE?

To tell you the truth, my cellphone isn't that big and I don't have people inside it but the most famous people in my cellphone are Grant, MaryJean and Mandi Nicholson. Both my wife Lorna and myself feel our prize possessions are our kids.

HOW DO YOU CHOOSE THE LUCKY LOONIES?

The lucky loonies are chosen by the people that do all the work with the hockey team and that is the trainers. It is always their job to find that very special spot to put the loonie to help us bring back our gold medals.

YOUR PROGRAM IS HOGGING ALL THE GOLDS. WHY DON'T YOU LET SOMEBODY ELSE WIN FOR A CHANGE?

I never thought being greedy was a trait that I should teach my kids till I got the job of president of Hockey Canada. Now I am trying to tell them being greedy and keeping gold medals is very important to everyone in Canada. If I had my choice, I know all Canadians would want hockey to continue to be greedy in international play.

WHAT'S YOUR MOST UNPLEASANT CHARACTERISTIC?

I really don't think I have one but certainly my wife feels that I am cranky sometimes.

WHAT'S THE MOST RIDICULOUS THING YOU'VE EVER BOUGHT?

I thought I got a great deal when I bought a sealer at the store to preserve food at $19.95. I was boasting about it to my friends and wife till I found out that was for the plastic. I paid $129.95 for the machine that I am still not sure how to work.

WHAT'S THE BEST ADVICE YOU RECEIVED?

Never make a decision until you have to because quite often that decision falls right in front of you and it is the best decision you could have made.

WHAT REPAIRS COULD YOU PERFORM ON YOUR CAR?

I might be able to change my tire on my car but I think I would wreck something else, so I would just stay to the traditional putting gas in my car without losing the gas cap.

WHAT'S YOUR CULINARY SPECIALTY?

I love being in the kitchen and I love cooking a variety of foods. But there is no question my ribs are my favourite.

WHAT TV SERIES DO YOU WANT ON DVD?

There is no question Friends would be the best series to put on my DVD, so then I would give it to all my kids and I would be able to watch TV without watching Friends.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE UNHEALTHY FOOD?

I certainly should be eating healthier but I love my fries.

WHERE DO YOU WANNA HOLIDAY?

I would love to take my family to a holiday spot where cellphones don't work.

WHAT'S THE BEST CONCERT YOU'VE SEEN?

I have seen some great concerts but Elton John just playing the piano is one of my favourites.

IF YOU WEREN'T DOING YOUR JOB, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING?

I would be arena manager in Osoyoos, B.C., and playing golf every other day.

WHAT TRAIT DO YOU MOST ADMIRE IN PEOPLE?

I really admire people who have great listening skills and speak only after they have heard all of the information.

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

Sometimes bobbleheads don't resemble the person they are supposed to but they are controllable and they can have them nod yes to everything you say.

DO YOU HAVE A PET?

I have a pet. A golden retriever, Snowball.

WHAT WAS THE BEST YEAR OF YOUR LIFE?

I have two great years: 1989, the year I got married, and 2002, when we won double gold in Salt Lake City.

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

Definitely a book. The three books my wife has published, including two kids books, Roughing and Interference and See Fox Run. If I didn't say that, she would kill me.

WHAT'S YOUR WORST HABIT?

Taking on too many things at one time.

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?

Watching my wife running around in circles trying to figure out her schedule and where the kids are all going.

WHAT MOVIE MADE YOU TEARY-EYED?

Remember the Titans.

FUNNIEST THING YOU'VE SEEN DURING THE GAME?

When Owen Nolan went missing from the bench in the final game in Salt Lake City and then appeared with his own camera taking videos of the bench, the crowd and the game.

ANY SUPERSTITIONS?

Once we start winning a championship, I never change my tie and coat and jacket.

UGLIEST THING IN YOUR WARDROBE?

Red shorts both of my daughters MaryJean and Mandi always try to throw out.

COULD YOU BE CONVINCED TO KARAOKE?

It would be very difficult to convince me to do karaoke and, if I was to sing a song, it doesn't matter what song I sang. No one would be left to listen.


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