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Who did you model your game af­ter grow­ing up?

Pa­trick Roy and Martin Brodeur. I was a Cana­di­ens fan when I was younger, and Roy was “the man” back in the day, so I was a big fan of him.

What did you splurge on with your first big con­tract?

I bought some cars, but a bit later on I started buy­ing mus­cle cars, so that was a big splurge. I have a ’69 Chev­elle and a ’69 Ca­maro.

Why do you wear No. 50?

I was given 50 at my first train­ing camp by Troy Parch­man, the trainer. I just stuck with it. No one re­ally had it. It was some­thing dif­fer­ent.

What was your “wel­come to the NHL” mo­ment?

The first year I made it, we were in Madi­son Square Gar­den for a game. I didn’t play. I was sit­ting on the bench and just look­ing around, think­ing, “This is cool.”

What’s your fa­vorite kind of save to make?

Any! Any save. (laughs)

What’s the best thing about be­ing an NHLer?

Get­ting to play hockey for a liv­ing. Hav­ing full build­ings ev­ery night. That’s a pretty good life.

What’s the hard­est thing about be­ing an NHLer?

I don’t know. Can we com­plain about any­thing? Are we al­lowed? I don’t know…get­ting hit in the nuts? (laughs) That doesn’t feel good. Get­ting hit in the nuts with pucks.

What ad­vice would you give to your 13-year-old self?

Don’t swear at pa­rades.

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