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Getting To Know: Alex Tanguay

by Ron Knabenbauer / Colorado Avalanche

After seven seasons away from the organization, the Colorado Avalanche re-acquired forward Alex Tanguay in a June 27 trade with the Calgary Flames. Tanguay, who was selected No. 12 overall in the 1998 draft by Colorado, spent six seasons with the Avalanche and still ranks ninth all-time in franchise scoring. He picked up 400 points (137g/263a) with Colorado and scored two big goals in Game 7 of the 2001 Stanley Cup Finals to help lift the franchise to its second championship in six years. In the seven seasons since he last donned an Avs sweater, Tanguay, 33, has scored 362 points (112g/250a) and has averaged 0.83 points per game since 2006. He recently talked with prior to training camp.

Q: What were your thoughts when you heard Colorado had traded for you?

A: I was excited. There are always mixed emotions that you go through when you get traded, but certainly I was excited. Denver was kind of where I grew up and I love the city. I have great memories, tons of friends in the community still and I am looking forward to the challenge. As far as hockey is concerned, this is a great young team with loads of talent and I hope that I can help them as much as they will help me.

Q: What is your favorite pre-game meal?

A: Steak, rice and vegetables.

Q: What is the most interesting nickname that you have had in your career?

A: I don't know. I haven't had too many. Tangs is fairly common.

Q: Who was your favorite player growing up?

A: Joe Sakic.

Q: Was it cool that you got to play with Joe Sakic during your first couple of years in Colorado?

A: It was exciting. It was a little nerve racking at first but after a while you realize that this is your job. It is nice that I got to watch him over a consistent basis over my first few years.

Q: How do you think you can continue your recent success here in Colorado?

A: I feel good, and honestly I want to prove myself. I still feel that I haven't had my best year yet and the time is now. I'm hoping that I can play well and help the team win some games.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do when you have free time?

A: During the season, not a whole lot. Just be around the kids. In the offseason I love golfing.

Q: How do you stay in shape during the offseason?

A: Just the training. For me, lots of running, lots of sprints, lots of plyometric works. That's basically my routine.

Q: What was the key to your success the last few years in Calgary?

A: Honestly, I felt good. I like competing and love playing hockey. You want to be able to perform at the highest level. As the team was concerned, it was a struggle. We hadn't made the playoffs the last three years in Calgary so I'm looking forward to working hard and helping this team get into the playoffs right away.

Q: What are your goals with the Avalanche for this season and for years to come?

A: Playoffs and then see this team really take off. I think there is a lot of great young talent in this dressing room and certainly its time for these young guys and the rest of the team to move this club forward. I've got some years left and I want to see it come to fruition as soon as possible.

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