By Ron Knabenbauer & Alyssa Romeo
The 1998 third overall draft pick, defenseman Brad Stuart joined the Avalanche this past summer in a trade with the San Jose Sharks on July 1. The Rocky Mountain House, Alberta native has a reputation of being a solid defenseman and has 14 years of NHL experience, which includes a Stanley Cup championship with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008. Just 15 games shy of playing in 1,000 career NHL contests, Stuart’s defensive record will make him a solid addition to Colorado’s blue line. The experienced veteran sat down with ColoradoAvalanche.com during training camp.
How have you liked Colorado so far?
“It's been good. I’ve been here for about a month. It’s a beautiful part of the country. So far it’s been good for us.”
How difficult is it to be traded to a new team and get to know new teammates and a new organization?
“It's always a little bit of a process. You got to find a place to live, and now that I have kids you’ve got to get them in school and make sure you’re in a good area for that. You need to meet your team and just figure out where you’re going to be going every day with practice and all that. So it takes a little bit of time to figure that kind of stuff out. I’ve done it a couple times so it’s not as big of a deal anymore for me.”
Do you have any kind of special pregame routine?
“Nothing crazy. Just the pregame skate which everybody does, and then your lunch, your nap and then basically from there I keep it pretty simple. I do my sticks, and then once that’s over I warm up a little bit and that’s about it. Nothing too crazy.”
Do you have a special pregame meal that you enjoy?
“Basically just chicken and pasta for the most part. That’s pretty much the staple for most players. That’s kind of what I stick with.”
If you weren’t playing hockey, what sport would you play?
“Either golf or soccer, not that I’m that good at either of them. I like golf, it’s a good way to get out and enjoy yourself. I think as a professional it would probably be a little different, but it’s a good way to spend time. I like soccer. Especially in this country, it’s a very overlooked sport. I’ve always liked it, but those would be my two picks.”
What do you like to do when you’re away from the rink?
“My hobbies are my kids, but aside from that, I like music, playing the occasional video game when the kids go to bed, watch TV. That’s pretty much it. That explains my day.”
What is your favorite TV show or movie?
“My favorite recent show has got to be Breaking Bad. I don’t know about a movie. I haven’t seen many movies lately.”