The five most in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ters I’ve played with in the NHL

The Hockey News - - BUZZ - BY JONATHAN TOEWS

> He never shuts up. He’s al­ways giv­ing ev­ery­one a hard time. We call him ‘Sher­iff Seabrook.’ He’s polic­ing the locker room and ev­ery­where the team goes. It’s funny, and he’s hu­mor­ous about it, but it’s an in­di­rect way to keep ev­ery­one ac­count­able. He’s just one of those funny per­son­al­i­ties. He’s al­ways go­ing. The sec­ond he gets to the rink, he’s loud and stir­ring things up all the time.


> He’s… I’m try­ing to think of a word for a curve­ball or a vari­able. He’s a wild card. On the ice, he’s got that fire in him. Off the ice, too, he’s al­ways in a good mood. He’s al­ways bring­ing ex­cite­ment to the locker room. He’s got that fiery per­son­al­ity.


> He was the com­mis­sioner of our Masters league and fan­tasy foot­ball. Any­thing to do with fan­tasy leagues. I’d never re­ally done any of those be­fore, but the Masters was the one I re­ally en­joyed. He was just that vet­eran guy who was at the back of the bus telling sto­ries, al­ways laugh­ing. He had that loud laugh. When you heard it, you didn’t even know what he was talk­ing about if you were out of earshot, but his laugh had ev­ery­one erupt­ing in laugh­ter all the time. He was a char­ac­ter and a lot of fun to have in the room. Great team­mate.


He thinks he’s an en­ter­tainer. He thinks he’s a rap­per or a DJ. He per­formed at our 2010 Stan­ley Cup rally. He sang some song by LMFAO, some bru­tal rap. He loved to take over the iPod in the room, play­ing his house mu­sic like he thought he was at a night­club all the time. He was pretty pas­sion­ate about his tunes.


> ‘Big Buff’ is al­ways in­sti­gat­ing, and there’s not much you can do to get un­der his skin. He’s just so laid-back that you’re not ever gonna get on his nerves and up­set him. It’s funny, back in the day, when Buff used to play on a line with me and Kaner, he was just so chill and… not de­tached emo­tion­ally dur­ing games, but he liked to get us fired up. If Kaner was get­ting mad at me for not pass­ing the puck or the other way around, Buff would stir the pot on the bench and just start gig­gling when the two of us got mad at each other when things weren’t go­ing our way in games. He was al­ways just keep­ing things light­hearted while the two of us were dead se­ri­ous about go­ing out there and scor­ing.

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