The Hockey News - - Buzz - – WITH MATT LARKIN

Your fa­vorite player grow­ing up?

Steve Yz­er­man was my fa­vorite player. I liked the way he han­dled him­self off the ice as well. He be­came a true leader.

Why do you wear No. 91?

It just felt right.

What was your “wel­come to the NHL” mo­ment?

It was a prac­tice in my first year. I was bat­tling in a 3-on-3 drill with Zdeno Chara, and I shoved him. He wasn’t look­ing at me, and I shoved his leg out from be­hind be­cause I was pissed. He turned around and whacked me. And I whacked him back. He just bee­lined right to my face. I lost all man­hood that day. That was my wel­come to the NHL.

What’s your strangest fan in­ter­ac­tion?

PG or not PG? The weird­est thing…I’ll say sign­ing fore­heads. The weird places we get asked to sign.

What’s the best thing about be­ing an NHLer?

Best thing? I get to talk to you guys (re­porters).

What’s the worst thing about be­ing an NHLer?

Worst thing? I have to talk to you guys.

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