One on one with Grimson

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:33 PM ET

HOW THE HELL ARE YA?

Well I'm pretty good. I'm out of law school now and I'm studying to write the Tennessee State Bar and a nice diversion from my studies will be coming up to Calgary to see some of my old hockey friends and get away from it for a while.

IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT AND YOU'RE NOT STUDYING, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?

Probably taking it easy, kicking back and taking in a movie with my family or something like that. Nothing too terribly exciting, pretty tame stuff.

PICK FIVE WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF.

Oh man, we're talking about my least favourite topic right now. A pretty conservative neat freak.

WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AT SCHOOL?

A bit of a clown, really. Whatever I could do to get myself the most attention, that was kind of the way I operated back then.

WHAT'S YOUR POISON?

Diet Coke is my poison.

WHAT'S YOUR MOST TREASURED MATERIAL POSSESSION?

If I can't say family, it would be my new, international version of the Holy Bible.

WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU PUNCHED AND WHY?

(Chuckles) Sandy McCarthy because it felt like the right thing to do (laughing).

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

Probably the second-to-last vehicle I purchased. I just replaced it recently, actually. I bought a truck on the Internet, sight unseen and the thing had been in an accident. But I knew that going in. It was probably one of the most outrageous things I've purchased.

WHAT'S THE BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED?

In Chicago, don't buy a house.

WHY'S THAT?

My agent told be not to buy a house because the expansion draft was right around the corner. I thought I was going to stay there but he told me to hold off on the house. As it turns out, I went to Anaheim, so that was pretty good advice.

WHAT WAS THE FIRST CAR YOU EVER OWNED?

It would have been a 1981 or '82 Toyota Corolla.

WHAT REPAIRS CAN YOU DO ON YOUR CAR?

I can top up the wiper fluid and I can swap out the sparkplugs if I'm really in a pinch.

IF YOU COULD BE ANY ATHLETE, WHO WOULD YOU BE AND WHY?

I'd want to be like a Michael Jordan or a Gretzky or Lemieux. I would love to experience what all that raw, natural ability feels like. I'm a guy that begged, scratched and clawed for everything that came to him.

WHAT IS YOUR CULINARY SPECIALTY?

Probably manicotti. I make a pretty mean manicotti but I haven't made it in a while.

DO YOU HAVE A FUNKY CELLPHONE RING-TONE?

Kashmir by Led Zeppelin.

GOOD ONE. IS THAT SOMETHING YOU WENT AND DOWNLOADED RIGHT AWAY?

Actually this is the second phone I've had it on and I had to get it on here as soon as a I got it. I'm a pretty big Led Zeppelin fan.

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

Scott Walker but let's see, can I beat Scott Walker? Steve Yzerman's in there and he'd definitely beat Scott Walker.

HOW ABOUT PERRY BEREZAN?

Perry's in there now but I don't know, it's a coin toss -- Yzerman or Perry Berezan (laughs).

WHAT TV SERIES DO YOU WANT TO OWN ON DVD?

Seinfeld. If I never got to watch anything else in my life, I could live on Seinfeld.

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO HOLIDAY?

Lake of the Woods, Kenora, Ontario.

WHAT'S THE BEST CONCERT YOU'VE EVER SEEN?

Good question. I'd have to say Bruce Springsteen in Chicago on the Lucky Town tour in the early '90s. It was solo, without the E-Street Band.

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

Book, no question.

HOW ABOUT A NICE BIG LAW TEXTBOOK?

Not unless I absolutely have to but I'll take a good legal thriller.

WHAT MOVIE MADE YOU TEARY EYED?

The one that did and still does is Field of Dreams.

HAVE YOU EVER ORDERED PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING ON PAY PER VIEW?

(Laughing) I never have. Never. Good question though.

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

Darren McCarty has somewhat of a thinking disorder, I'd call it. He can sense when his belly button's dry. So he'll lick his finger and moisten his belly button when he feels like it's dry and you'll catch him doing that periodically when he's on the bench. It's one of the strangest things I've ever seen in professional hockey.

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

Easily and it'd be Johnny Cash's The Man in Black.


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