One on one

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:46 AM ET

HOW THE DEVIL ARE YA? I'm great.

IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT AND YOU'RE NOT SKATING OR PLAYING HOCKEY. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?

Watching a movie or playing pool.

EIGHT-BALL OR SNOOKER?

I like to play snooker but living in the States, it's nine-ball that we usually play and that's what I prefer.

PICK FIVE WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF.

No, no. That's OK.

YOU WERE KNOWN AS THE RAT DURING YOUR PLAYING DAYS. WERE YOU A FAN OF YOUR NICKNAME?

No. I think when I got the nickname from Bobby Clarke, I wasn't smart enough to back off it. I didn't do anything about it. I even posed with a rat on my shoulder once for The Sporting News, so you live and learn. It's just not a positive thing.

WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AT SCHOOL?

I showed up sometimes. I didn't enjoy school and I think school's probably more fun now. But I had a hard time learning from somebody, I think. I had to visualize or go one-on-one, so I didn't get too much out of school at the time.

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

I don't know. I'm pretty frugal. I don't know if I'd ever buy anything that I thought was ridiculous, not in my mind anyway.

WHAT REPAIRS CAN YOU DO ON YOUR CAR?

Change a tire.

WHAT TV SERIES DO YOU WANT TO OWN ON DVD?

None. I don't watch any series.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE UNHEALTHY FOOD?

Caramilk chocolate bars.

WHAT'S YOUR CULINARY SPECIALTY?

Steak on the barbecue.

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO HOLIDAY?

Anywhere there's good surf. I go all over the world surfing.

WHERE'S THE BEST PLACE YOU'VE SURFED?

Hawaii, Chile, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Fiji. They're all good, actually.

WHAT ABOUT THE BIGGEST WAVES, NORTH SHORE?

I haven't surfed the North Shore. That would be like you playing hockey with me.

WHO'S THE MOST FAMOUS PERSON IN YOUR CELLPHONE ADDRESS BOOK?

Mark Messier.

DO YOU HAVE A FUNKY CELLPHONE RING?

I keep breaking the phones, so whatever's on there when I get it.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE BAND?

Hmmm. I'd have to say Ben Harper right now.

EVER SEEN BEN HARPER IN CONCERT?

Oh yeah. A bunch of times. That's all I've ever done is go to shows all my life. In fact, I just saw Jethro Tull a couple of months ago and that was a great show.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE ALBUM OF ALL TIME?

Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon.

WHAT TRAIT DO YOU ADMIRE MOST IN PEOPLE?

Just being good. Being a good person.

DO YOU HAVE A PET?

I do. A Siberian Husky, Beau.

WHAT WAS THE BEST YEAR OF YOUR LIFE?

Every year is the best year.

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

I've never played a video game in my entire life, so I guess it would be a book.

OR A SURFING MAGAZINE?

Yeah. Surfer's Journal.

WHAT'S YOUR WORST HABIT?

Waking up in the middle of the night and eating.

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?

Crude practical jokes.

WHAT MOVIE MADE YOU CRY?

Lots of movies, I guess, but I couldn't tell you one. Nothing lately.

EVER ORDER PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING ON PAY PER VIEW?

Nope and I never would. I took my son (Kyle) to a wrestling match and he never watched it again.

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

(Laughs). It was a piece from somebody telling me a sexual thing and at the end it was signed by a guy.

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

Bobby Hull losing his hairpiece in a WHA game in Winnipeg in my first year.

IN THE NHL, WHAT'S YOUR ALL-TIME, DREAM STARTING LINEUP?

Gretz, Lemieux, Jari Kurri, Denis Potvin and Bobby Orr.

WHAT ABOUT A GOALIE?

Grant Fuhr is one of my favourites. Billy Smith could be in there and Billy Ranford.

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

I couldn't do it.


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