February 4, 2006
One on one with Goyette
CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun
Danielle Goyette, of Saint-Nazaire, Que., a member of the women's hockey team and a two-time Olympian smiles after she was named flag bearer for Team Canada at the Turino Olympics, in Calgary, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006.(CP PHOTO/Jeff McIntosh)

HOW THE DEVIL ARE YA?

I'm doing fine. I've never been so proud to be Canadian.

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

Probably just take it easy, take the night off and relax.

PICK FIVE WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF.

I think I'd say dedicated to my sport, hard worker, passionate, honest and loyal.

WHAT WERE YOU LIKE IN HIGH SCHOOL?

I was pretty much a good student. I never missed class and always sat in the front row to make sure I understood everything. I tried to be the best I could be at school.

WHAT'S YOUR MOST TREASURED MATERIAL POSSESSION?

I would say it's a necklace from my mom who passed away in 1996.

WHAT'S YOUR POISON?

I don't know. I don't have a lot.

NOT EVEN BEER?

No, I don't really drink. I'm not a person who drinks alcohol at any time. I would say maybe pop -- that's what I drink.

WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU PUNCHED AND WHY?

I think it was a teammate a long time ago in Montreal because I'd just come back from shoulder surgery, which she knew, and she did something to me and I wanted to send her a message that she couldn't do that.

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

I think it was a hand massager that you plug into the wall. It was supposed to be really good but I never used it.

WHAT'S THE BEST ADVICE YOU'VE RECEIVED?

Make sure you have no regrets. That was from Sylvie Daigle, the short track speed skater. She was my trainer and when she told me that, it stuck with me my whole career.

WHAT WAS THE FIRST CAR YOU EVER OWNED?

It was a Mazda 626, 1986. I was old when I got it (laughs).

WHAT REPAIRS CAN YOU DO ON YOUR CAR?

I do a lot of repairs on my car. I worked for Mr. Lube and I was doing tuneups, oil changes and transmission fluid changes. I can pretty much do a lot.

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

I think I would be Sylvie Daigle because she was a role model for me and I learned a lot from her. She was a mentor for me.

WHAT'S YOUR CULINARY SPECIALTY?

It's pate chinois -- a shepherd's pie from Quebec.

DO YOU EVER MAKE IT FOR THE TEAM?

Not for the team but I do it at home once in a while.

DO YOU HAVE A FUNKY CELLPHONE RING?

No, not at all. I'm not updated with all those gadgets. I just use the ring that came with the phone.

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

Oh my God. Before it was Adrienne Clarkson, the former governor general of Canada.

ARE YOU EASILY EMBARRASSED?

Not anymore but I used to be when I was younger.

WHAT TV SERIES DO YOU WANT TO OWN ON DVD?

24 -- it's a great show.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE UNHEALTHY FOOD?

Poutine -- from Quebec.

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO HOLIDAY?

Hawaii. I've been there twice. The first time was after the 2002 Olympics when Air Canada gave us all a trip.

WHAT WAS THE BEST CONCERT YOU'VE EVER SEEN?

Celine Dion.

IN CANADA?

Yeah, in Montreal. It was fun because her parents were in the stands, so she went a little bit longer with the music.

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

You know, I'd love to coach hockey full time.

SO NOW WE KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO DO WHEN YOU RETIRE.

Yeah, hopefully I'm going to stay in the game.

DO YOU COLLECT YOUR OWN MEMORABILIA?

Not really. One of my nephews does and it's kind of funny to see what he has from a long time ago.

DO YOU HAVE A PET?

I have a dog, Yoda. He's a Shih Tzu cross.

DO YOU LIKE TO SIGN AUTOGRAPHS?

For me, it's an honour. If people take time to come and ask me, I have the respect to do that for them.

WHAT TRAIT DO YOU ADMIRE MOST?

Honesty.

WHAT WOULD WE ALWAYS FIND IN YOUR FRIDGE?

Water.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER WE DIE?

Hmmm. You know, hopefully people can have a really big party after I die because I lived a really good life.

WHAT WAS THE BEST YEAR OF YOUR LIFE?

I think it's going to be this year.

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

Book. I don't like video games at all. They just make me angry.

WHAT'S YOUR GREATEST FEAR?

Before it was my parents passing away before me but I've been through that but now I don't think I have one anymore.

WHAT'S YOUR WORST HABIT?

Biting my nails.

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?

Funny people, a good sense of humour.

WHAT MOVIE MADE YOU TEARY-EYED?

Tuesdays with Morrie. You should watch it. It's a good lesson in life.

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

One of my teammates tried to jump the boards and fell on the ice -- head-first.

WHAT'S THE UGLIEST THING IN YOUR WARDROBE?

My old clothes because I don't like to throw them away.

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

I wouldn't do it, ever.