WITH CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS GOALTENDER COREY CRAWFORD
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.