One on one with Bryan Trottier

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

HOW THE DEVIL ARE YOU?

I'm doing really good. Right now I'm on Long Island for the 25-year celebration of the Stanley Cup and all of us are back.

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

We have a four-year-old, so as soon as he crashes, we crash right behind him. I think my wife and I have had a few dates but we barely make it through.

PICK FIVE WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF.

Family, children, sports, music and trustworthy.

WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AT SCHOOL?

Pretty quiet. I was a B-plus student unless you're talking sciences -- that I'd squeeze through with a C. I loved math and loved social studies and had a good group of friends. I enjoyed school. I enjoyed doing essays. I still carry a dictionary with me and try to teach myself every day.

WHAT'S YOUR MOST TREASURED MATERIAL POSSESSION?

All my children's school projects I've kept over the years. They've handed me stuff, and said, "Hold on to it," and I can't throw it out.

I'M BUYING, WHAT'S YOUR POISON?

A nice glass of cabernet-merlot blend.

WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU PUNCHED AND WHY?

That would have to go back to my playing days. Geoff Courtnall and it was by accident. It was on the faceoff and we were fighting for the puck and my right hand came over the side of his helmet. He went down and I got a five-minute major. I couldn't believe it.

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

As much as I enjoyed it, my boat. I had a 31-foot Tiara. It was an expensive toy that ended up getting ground up in a hurricane on Long Island. They brought it up and the guy said, "I think it's totalled."

WHAT'S THE BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED?

From my dad: Have a firm handshake and look 'em in the eye.

WHAT'S THE FIRST CAR YOU OWNED?

A 1961 Rambler American. I bought it for $50 and it cost me four-new retreads, that was $60 and a new battery, which was $38. I got the whole thing for under $150. I bought it in 1973 and I gave it to my sister in 1975 and then she spent $300 for a paint job.

WHAT REPAIRS COULD YOU PERFORM ON YOUR CAR?

Basic stuff like changing the oil. I can't do things like timing or overhaul the transmission or something like that. If it has a grease nipple on it, I'll find it.

WHAT'S YOUR CULINARY SPECIALITY?

I have many. I enjoy cooking. I would say it's spaghetti and meat sauce, although I really enjoy cooking steaks and using the barbecue.

WHAT'S YOUR CELLPHONE RING?

It's called the jumping tone. I haven't heard anyone with it.

WHO'S THE MOST FAMOUS PERSON IN YOUR CELLPHONE?

Mike Bossy.

WHAT TV SERIES DO YOU WANT ON DVD?

The Beverly Hillbillies.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE UNHEALTHY FOOD?

French fries with gravy, loaded up. I look at it and put on 10 pounds.

WHERE DO YOU WANNA HOLIDAY?

Any lake out west, in or near the mountains. Very quiet and with fresh water and good scenery.

IF YOU DIDN'T PLAY HOCKEY, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE?

I probably would have been some kind of teacher, maybe math.

DO YOU COLLECT YOUR OWN MEMORABILIA?

I've started to. My oldest son collects a lot of stuff and I'm jealous. I played almost 20 years in the NHL and coached 10 and don't have as much. I've started to grab a lot of my stuff.

WHAT TRAIT DO YOU ADMIRE MOST IN PEOPLE?

Honesty.

DO YOU HAVE A PET?

I do not but my son has a goldfish.

WHAT WAS THE BEST YEAR OF YOUR LIFE?

The date was April 13, 1996. I met my wife and I haven't had a bad day since. I'm not even trying to work on brownie points with that.

WHAT'S YOUR GREATEST FEAR?

Besides heights, I'm claustrophobic. I'm afraid of being restrained somehow, like with a straitjacket.

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?

I laugh at just about everything. People who are witty make me laugh. I really enjoy quick wit.

WHAT MOVIE MADE YOU TEARY-EYED?

Just the other day, Miracle. The 1980 Miracle on Ice.

EVER ORDER PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING ON PAY-PER-VIEW?

No.

STRANGEST PIECE OF FAN MAIL?

A photo I received from someone who wanted to have my baby. She was standing next to a tree and she was bigger than the tree.

FUNNIEST THING DURING THE GAME?

Clark Gillies had his jersey stuck in the boards in Winnipeg and couldn't get free. The play was outside the zone and we're telling him to get out of the zone. We must have regrouped six times before they blew the whistle. On a tie with that, Bobby Nystrom had a skate blade break. He was trying to get to the bench but couldn't push with the boot so he had to crawl 140 feet. He was smiling and laughing the whole way. On the bench, we were holding our sides.

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

Any Merle Haggard song. Probably Mama Tried. It reminds me of Tiger Williams. I sang it one night a bunch of us were together and I said, "This is for Tiger because we know his Mama tried." The boys were high-fiving me when I got off the stage.


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