|Final Rank:||2||Midterm Rank:||3|
|Born:||July 15, 1990|
|Born in:||Massena, NY, USA|
|Drafted:||2008: ATL (1st Round / 3rd Overall)|
On his style of play: I think my strengths are skating and my (physical) strength. I like to play defense, but I do like to play offense, too. So I like to throw a little all-round in there. I'm not afraid to get a little nasty and play physical. So it's all about having fun, too, and I think I do have a lot of fun playing for
On patterning his game after Chris Chelios: He's just a warrior, and he'll do anything it takes to win. And he likes to compete and so do I.
On getting his start in hockey: I was 3 years old. My dad was a football player, and all my uncles were football players. My dad's best friend is Mark Morris, and he's the AHL coach for the Manchester Monarchs. He told my dad if he got me started in hockey, he thought I'd do all right. My dad taught me how to compete, and Mr. Morris taught me the skills. They are two key guys that really helped me out a lot.
On his dad, a former
On his motivation as a young player: When I was younger, I just hated losing. I wasn't on the best team, and we didn't win that much. But I kept going back and back to the rink. I played a lot outdoors hockey with my brothers and my cousins. They helped me out a lot, just pushing me around. Making me a little bit stronger and tougher. It was pretty fun just growing up in
On his competitiveness: I don't accept losing very well. I'm not a poor sport, but I definitely take things to heart and I hate losing. You know, if it's a one-on-one battle, I try to win all my battles. If I lose one, I try to get right back out there and do it again and hopefully I'll come out on top. So I really don't like to lose anything.
On Scott Stevens winning the
On playing for Ray Bourque at
On his superstitions: I usually work on my sticks. I'm pretty serious about my sticks. If someone touches them, I have to untape them and put them back. I usually freak out if anyone touches them, but that's pretty much my only thing.
On his most embarrassing hockey moment: I think it wouldn't be my most embarrassing, but probably my team's. We lost 10-0 this year against
On his motivation to shut down the opponent’s top players: I think my competitiveness comes into effect again. I think just wanting to play against guys like Stamkos. And just showing guys around the league that I can play with the top guys. And hopefully I do pretty well against them. But playing against Tavares and Maclean, the one-two punch (in
On having four Zachs in
On his favorite video game: My favorite video game is NHL '08.
On his most embarrassing song on his iPod: My most embarrassing song on my iPod is Bye Bye Bye by N'Sync.
On the one movie he would like to be in: If I could be in one movie I would be in "Gladiator."
On his favorite food to cook: My favorite food to cook is pasta, because it's not that hard. You just put it in water, and let it go.
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There's not much to say. We played like [garbage]. I think every guy in the room should be completely embarrassed about how they played tonight. Every single person. To start a road trip, one of the biggest road trips and have a division rival chasing you down and have a ton on the line, it's ridiculous how we played tonight.