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Scott Parker Answers Your Questions

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
In this edition of "Ask an Av", Avalanche forward Scott Parker answers your questions on topics ranging from facial hair to tattoos and barbeques.

Do you enjoy sparking your team’s momentum through the role of an enforcer, or have you ever wanted to be a playmaker like Joe Sakic?
Clifford from Canton, New York

SP: “I think when you get to this level you can’t just be one dimensional. You have to take care of your job all over the ice and can’t be a liability out there. You have to have certain skills to be at this level and be able to do a little bit of everything.”

Who would win in a fight; your goatee or George Parros' mustache?
Weston from Coeur d' Alane, Idaho

SP: “Good one Weston. George has a pretty sick ‘stache going. Watching him, you flash back and wonder if you’re watching a game from the ‘80s. That’s just Parros. It’s awesome that he’s bringing it back. The goatee is pretty thick and mean, but I think it would be a good battle. I give the goat the upper-hand, because there’s more of it. It’s got more friends to bring to the party.”

How did you get the nickname “The Sheriff”?
Tricia from Tempe, Arizona

SP: “It happened during the “Hell in Hershey” brawl in 1998 against Kentucky. I was kind of skating around and decking everyone I could get my hands on. Somebody nicknamed me “The Sheriff” because of that and it went from there. It’s amazing how everyone gets their nicknames throughout the years, but there are always good stories behind them.”

You looked amazing in training camp. Do you feel as though your offensive and defensive skills are overlooked because of your size and ability to wreak havoc on the opposition?
Nathan from Denver, Colorado

SP: “To a degree. Like I said before, you have to be able to do almost everything at this level. You can’t be one-dimensional. Whenever we get out there, we have to do what we can to fill the roles on our team. Everybody has their own jobs and we need that to be successful.”

Noting your size and strength, was there a time when you thought to become a defenseman in the NHL or in your earlier years?
Charlie from Westminster, Colorado

SP: “I actually was a defenseman until my first year going into major juniors. They didn’t have any roles left on D and they thought I was big enough to make into a forward. I played almost every position as a kid, just like most guys in our locker room did, so we can all kind of jump back and forth. The speed of the game has really changed, so moving to defense right now might be a little interesting, but you have to be able to do everything.”

Do you still have your cats, Harley and Davidson? If so, how are they doing?
Sumie from Northglenn, Colorado

SP: “I still have my boys, and they’re good. Harley’s pushing 22 pounds. He’s my big bad boy. I gave them those names because that’s who I am and that’s what defines me; the bikes, wrenching and building. Actually, one of my first tattoos was a Harley Davidson eagle with a bar and shield. I always said if I had any animals I would name them Harley and Davidson.

Hey Scott!  I was wondering if you could tell us a little bit about your tattoos.  Are there any that are especially significant to you? 
Lindsey from Lincoln, Nebraska

SP: “Great question, Lindsey. Almost all of my tattoos are significant. They represent a time in my life that signifies what I was going through at that time. My right arm is devoted to my Dad and the armed forces, with the red, white and blue and the stripes. He was actually a gunner in a helicopter in Vietnam, so I did his first cavalry patch. On my left arm I have my Alaskan theme. That’s where I spent a lot of my childhood, and my left arm is a tribute so I never forget about that. Everything on that arm signifies something that happened to me or something that I was a part of.  My tattoos aren’t something that I get out of a book, or something that everyone has, which is the way I like it.”

What was it like coming back to the Avs with so many new faces? Did you feel like the “new guy” or did you feel comfortable right away?
Sara from Calgary, Alberta

SP: “I felt really comfortable. I skate with a lot of these guys in the summer. My home is in Colorado, so I knew a lot of them. Hockey is unique in that we all kind of know each other through somebody. I knew a lot about the guys before I came back here by just playing against them and with a few of them. I think Hedgie [Milan Hejduk] and Saks [Joe Sakic] were probably the only two back from the 2001 team. It’s good to be back with a great group of guys like the ones we have in this locker room.”

My question is what was it like to be a part of the Stanly Cup Championship in 2001 with guys like Ray Bourque and Rob Blake? Where did you go with cup?  Are there any special memories from that year?
Jordan from Grand Junction, Colorado

SP: “That whole year was a memory. It was awesome. The main thing was having Bourquey. Having old #77 and seeing everyone pull through for him. It was definitely his year, after waiting 22 years for that Cup. Fortunately at that time I had only waited for three years. Waiting 22 years, and with everything he’s done for the game, we were all kind of tickled that we were able to send his career off in that way.

The Stanley Cup had actually never been on a bike ride before, so I had a few of my friends fabricate a bracket to put on the back of my Harley. We strapped the Cup to the back of my bike and took it for a rip down to a bar where I had a little setup and then we had a pig roast at the house where I was at. It was a long day, but it was definitely eventful and is one that I’m looking forward to again, hopefully someday soon. Twist my arm, let’s do it.

G’day from down under. Did you know you have an official Ozzi crew rallying behind you as our favorite Avs player? You are cordially invited to our next BBQ down here on the beautiful Northern Beaches of Sydney the next time you visit us! Seriously though, does it amaze you how far your amazing craft is appreciated around the world?
Ryan from Sydney, Australia

SP: That’s awesome to hear, Ryan. I never really knew I had fans all the way in Australia. I’ve actually always wanted to get down there, so I might have to take you up on that.

Thanks to everyone who sent in their questions this week. It was great to hear from you!

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