One on one

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:23 PM ET

HOW THE DEVIL ARE YOU?

I'm doing very well, thanks.

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

During the day, I'd take the kids to the horses to go riding and, in the evening, my wife and I will probably go to a movie.

PICK FIVE WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF.

Easy-going -- that's two -- happy, blessed and thankful.

WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AT SCHOOL?

It's hard to explain. I wasn't a clown, more easy-going. If something had a competition involved, though, I like it. I did make the Reach for the Top team a couple of years in a row and was pretty proud.

SO YOU WERE AN ATHLETIC GEEK?

Yeah, I was an athletic geek. I was full of useless information. If a test had useless stuff I didn't need to know, I would have done well. The stuff I did need to know wasn't always there.

WHAT'S YOUR MOST TREASURED MATERIAL POSSESSION?

Obviously, the World Cup ring but, if I say that, I have to say my wedding ring, too.

WHAT'S YOUR POISON?

Ice cream.

WHO'S THE MOST FAMOUS PERSON IN YOUR CELLPHONE?

Jarome Iginla.

NOT WAYNE GRETZKY?

I can't put him in my cellphone but I have his number memorized.

WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU PUNCHED AND WHY?

Probably my younger brother because he deserved it.

WHAT'S YOUR MOST UNPLEASANT CHARACTERISTIC?

Oh, I'm always late.

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

I've got a 8.1-litre, three-quarter Suburban that's had the gears changed so I could pull stuff. I get something like 8.5 miles per gallon but haven't pulled anything with it.

WHAT'S THE BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED?

Unless in rare life-and-death situations, nothing is as good as you think it is or as bad as you think it is.

WHAT REPAIRS COULD YOU PERFORM ON YOUR CAR?

I can change a tire, put some gas in it, adjust the radio. One time in high school, I fixed the throttle on my buddy's truck -- we were stuck in this town and had to get home -- using a coat hanger. It was running, so you could pull on the hanger to give it gas but had to push it to stop the throttle. It was pretty interesting.

WHAT'S YOUR CULINARY SPECIALTY?

My wife's a great cook but I'm really good at making eggs and toast. And I'm not bad at waffles, with whipped cream and syrup. My kids love those, especially if I throw on some chocolate chips.

WHAT TV SERIES DO YOU WANT ON DVD?

Seinfeld or Everybody Loves Raymond.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE UNHEALTHY FOOD?

I'll get abused by my teammates because I'm always getting teased about not eating well. Probably mozzarella sticks.

WHERE DO YOU WANNA HOLIDAY?

I love the Shuswap in B.C.

WHAT'S THE BEST CONCERT YOU'VE SEEN?

U2. Bono is the coolest man on Earth.

IF YOU WEREN'T A HOCKEY PLAYER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING?

I'd want to be a cowboy but I don't know if I'm tough enough. Then I want to be a pilot but I'm not sure if I'm conscientious enough. So I'd probably end up being a carpenter.

WHAT TRAIT DO YOU ADMIRE MOST IN PEOPLE?

Honesty.

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

Yeah, I've never had one so I'm not into them. They usually don't like the person, except for the one of Brad May.

DO YOU HAVE A PET?

Lots. We have Sunny, Salsa and Strawberry, our horses. Then I've got a dog named Trixie, whose name used to be Paris. And we have a fish named J.J. the Josh fish -- because my son's name is Josh. And then I've got about 35 horses back home.

WHAT WAS THE BEST YEAR OF YOUR LIFE?

Last year would rank up there, getting a chance to play in the World Cup, my daughter was born, my wife had her 30th birthday and I got to spend a whole lot of time with my kids.

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

Video game. I do read quite a bit but mainly because if I don't I get grief from my wife. If I had my choice, it'd be video game.

WHAT'S YOUR GREATEST FEAR?

Anything happening to my family.

WHAT'S YOUR WORST HABIT?

Cracking my knuckles.

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?

Pretty much everything. I love a good one-liner and any type of impression. Brian Boucher can imitate Daymond Langkow really well and Lanks hates it.

WHAT MOVIE MADE YOU TEARY-EYED?

I Am Sam. I didn't like it because the sole purpose was to make you cry. I didn't cry but it was close.

STRANGEST PIECE OF FAN MAIL?

I got abused by this one guy for costing the team the playoffs. He had really good points on why it was my fault and he wanted me to pay for his season tickets. There's somebody in Dallas who sends us pictures with our heads on bodybuilders and other really weird stuff.

FUNNIEST THING DURING THE GAME?

I wasn't in it but when the streaker jumped the glass in Calgary. The funniest part was the expression on this one lady's face when he was climbing the glass naked. What took the cake was him knocking himself out when he landed and fell.

UGLIEST THING IN YOUR WARDROBE?

Lanks gives it to me for this one suit. We were undefeated when I was wearing it so I needed us to lose. It's these mustard-yellow pants with a plaid jacket.

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

No way. My wife has confirmed to me I'm a bad singer and should refrain if at all possible. If I had to sing a song, it would be a Garth Brooks song: Friends in Low Places or Shameless.


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