Jason Chimera is always smiling. It could be because the forward is often flying by the opposition, using his speed on to break away to the net. Then again, it could be because he’s goofy. Many of his teammates have dubbed “Chimmer” as the funniest Blue Jacket, known for his “zany antics” as Anson Carter said or his “singing in the weight room” according to Pascal Leclaire. Whatever Chimera’s contribution over his two years in Columbus, it’s been a big one. The Edmonton, Alberta, native reveals his interest in being a gym teacher and other thoughts in this week’s “Q&A with the CBJ.”
(CBJ.com) – Q: What is it about hockey that you love the most?
(Chimmer) - A: Just being around the guys. It’s like a big family here. We’re all tight like brothers, and we joke around a lot. You don’t go to many jobs where you have this much fun. Everyday coming in, it’s a new challenge. Being a hockey player is a great job.
(CBJ.com) - Q: Where does this team stack up among the others you’ve played for?
(Chimmer) - A: As a team, when we put it all together, we’re a great hockey club. It’s just a matter of putting it all together. We’ve got all the aspects. We’ve got scorers. We’ve got checkers. We’ve got guys who play all the other roles.
(CBJ.com) - Q: Making the playoffs is obviously the big team goal this year, but do you have any other goals, perhaps some individual goals?
(Chimmer) - A: I think [playoffs] is the only goal right now. When you win, any personal success comes with it. When you win the Stanley Cup, nobody looks at how many goals you scored. It’s one of those things that you have to just keep plugging away at and hope you make the playoffs.
(CBJ.com) - Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your family and growing up in Edmonton?
(Chimmer) - A: Yeah, obviously we were up by the Oilers in Edmonton, so [hockey] is one of those things you follow growing up. Hockey’s a religion there. You eat, breathe and sleep it. I know all my friends from high school are still hockey fans. They don’t play anymore, but they’re still guys from hockey, so you build up a lot of your friendships from hockey. I know our dads still play hockey and our brothers still play hockey, [recreational] hockey, just for the fun of the game.
(CBJ.com) - Q: Do you ever play or go back and watch some of those rec. games?
(Chimmer) - A: In the summertime I do. I play with my buddies in summer hockey, and I go skate with them, usually once a week. It’s pretty fun.
(CBJ.com) - Q: Who were some of your heroes growing up?
(Chimmer) - A: It’s a corny thing, but I think my dad is one of the guys I looked up to most. I see how hard he works day in and day out. He’s 68 and he’s still working his butt off. He’s been a pipe-fitter his whole life, and he’s the epitome of hard work. I model myself after him; he’s the best role model you could have.
(CBJ.com) - Q: What has been highlight of your hockey career so far?
(Chimmer) – A: Obviously, your first goal always sticks out. I think the biggest thing for me has been coming to Columbus and getting to play a lot, actually be a regular contributor and play every game. That’s probably been the best thing about my career so far.
(CBJ.com) – Q: What’s your favorite food?
(Chimmer) – A: I’m from Alberta, so steak is it! (chuckling)
(CBJ.com) – Q: What kind of music gets you pumped up?
(Chimmer) – A: Any kind of music gets me going. I’ll listen to whatever they’ve got going here in the dressing room…let [my teammates] dictate that. I kind of get myself ready to play without music.
(CBJ.com) – Q: If you weren’t playing pro hockey, what would you be doing?
(Chimmer) – A: I always wanted to be a Phys. Ed. teacher. (After playing hockey) I’d like to go back to school and hopefully, get a teaching degree, work with kids or maybe coach hockey–something to do with kids.
(CBJ.com) – Q: A lot of guys have said you have the best sense of humor on the team. Who is your funniest teammate?
(Chimmer) – A: Well, ‘Veebs’ (David Vyborny) is the biggest practical joker around here. ‘Johnny’ (Aaron Johnson) is pretty funny. ‘Footer’ (Adam Foote) has that kind of dry sense of humor, one-liners here and there that catch people off guard. There are all kinds of different types of humor. I’m more of a hyper kind of funny.
(CBJ.com) – Q: Last question…how would you describe Jason Chimera in one word?
(Chimmer) – A: Hard-working.