On getting his start in hockey: I started playing in the backyard rink when I was five or six years-old and from there it just kind of progressed when my parents kind of noticed I had a little bit of skill.
On what he enjoyed about playing outdoors: Well, the best part about the backyard rink was the freedom I felt and the ability I had to do whatever I wanted without anyone telling me what I could or couldn't do.
On watching the Avalanche: The first time I watched the NHL was the 1996 Final with the Avalanche. That's why they're my favorite team and Joe Sakic is my favorite player. If there was a team I was looking up to, it was the Avalanche.
On his grandpa: My grandpa's a very special person to me and all of my family. He's been through a lot, and he has a lot of experience in a lot of areas. He's just a really fun guy to be around, and he's still got a great sense of humor even though he's 80-years-old. So he's just a neat person.
On his superstitions: Well, it kind of depends on what is working for me. But I have a lot and pretty much too many to tell you at one time. But I usually start with the right leg, the right side of my body first when I'm getting dressed.
On the biggest influences in his career: Definitely my mom and my dad -- they were always supportive of me â€“ driving me to the rinks at 6:00 a.m. for practices. And they knew they had a special boy, so they pushed me.
On his most memorable gift: My favorite gift was the composite stick I got when I was about eight years-old, it was a really big deal back then.
On his most embarrassing hockey moment: My most embarrassing hockey moment is in the Vancouver Giants' training camp, I fell on a shootout.