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Ask a Player: Alex Steen

by Staff Writer / St. Louis Blues
In early February, gave fans a chance to submit questions for Blues forward Alex Steen. After receiving hundreds of questions, we selected eight that summed up what most fans were asking and gave them to Alex to answer.

His responses are below. If your question was not answered, kepp an eye on in the future for more Ask A Player features.

1. With Carlo Colaiacovo coming with you in the trade to St. Louis, did that make the transition any easier on you? – Nathan Browne, St. Louis, MO
A: It is always nice knowing a familiar face when coming to a new place, so knowing that I wasn’t alone was a good feeling. I have to give my new teammates alot of credit as well. They made the transition easy. The team really took me in and made me feel welcome right from the start. Guys like Danny Hinote (who I played with during the lockout), (Keith Tkachuk), Barret Jackman and Eric Brewer, just to name a few, were really great to both Carlo and I. The organization was also really supportive in helping me with all the off ice issues that I needed help with. They were truly first class and I am very happy and to be a part of this organization.

2. How big of an adjustment is it from coming from a media crazy city like Toronto to a more media-quiet city like St. Louis? Do you feel less pressure playing for a team that’s not in the same bright spotlight? – Chris Baker, London, Ontario
A: This is a great question. Sure the media attention in Toronto is like no other hockey market in the world, but from a fan stand point, Toronto and St. Louis are very much alike. The fans in both places are very passionate about their team. However, the pressure that I feel doesn’t really come from either of those places, it comes mostly from myself. I try to push myself all the time to keep getting better and to keep my development moving forward. I also set goals for myself before every season and I try to make sure I reach them.

3. As most hockey fans know, your father, Thomas, was a star player and captain for the Winnipeg Jets. How did your father influence you into becoming a hockey player? – Joshua Shapiro, Toronto, Ontario
A: Both of my parents were always very supportive of what I and my other siblings wanted to do. When I was growing up, there was never really anything other than hockey on my mind. I grew up around the Winnipeg Jets locker room with guys like Teemu Selanne, Alexei Zhamnov and yes, Keith Tkachuk, as well. All of those guys in the Jets locker room, together with my father, both motivated and inspired me to become an NHL hockey player. It is really amazing to have had the chance to play with and against a lot of those guys.

4. What was the biggest difference between your first game as a Blue and your first game as a Leaf? – Stu Whitehead, Little Rock, AR
A: Well my first game with the Leafs will always be special because it was my first game in the NHL. It was also my first battle of Ontario and it was the first NHL game since the lockout so the fans of Toronto were really pumped that the game was back on the ice. The atmosphere in the Air Canada Centre was incredible. My first game as a Blue was also special. It was a new start for me after having struggled with my confidence in Toronto. I was very excited to come to St. Louis and be a part of this young and very talented hockey team. We ended up losing the game in Colorado, but having the chance to play on the same line as Keith, a player I grew up watching in Winnipeg, was very special.

5.What’s your favorite team to play against and why? – Emily Davis, Edwardsville, IL
A: My favorite team to play against is probably the Detroit Red Wings. They are arguably the best team in hockey over the last decade and the games against them are always high-paced and intense. Plus, the building in Detroit just has that hockey feeling when you walk into it and now playing in St. Louis, I get a taste of the rivalry.

6. What was it like having Candice Olsen from HGTV’s Divine Design decorate your basement? It looked awesome when it was finished. How did that come about, and do you still have the place? – Kathy Plasick, Troy, MO & Tim McHugh, Fenton, MO
A: Well the house that she designed was actually my house in Toronto, so it is currently on the market. She did an outstanding job and after she was done with it, we pretty much spent all our time there. It actually started when I was doing some work for my charity that runs from Winnipeg. The charity is called the Amadeus Steen Foundation and the plan was to help rebuild the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital. We contacted Candice to see if it would be possible to have her come in and help us with this. Unfortunately, it wasn't possible. We kept in contact and after a while came up with the idea to do my basement. I explained to her that I had an unfinished basement and she could really do what she wanted with the space.

7. Who has the coolest car on the Blues roster? – Matt Rost, St. Louis, MO
A: I would have to say that Jay McKee has the coolest car. He owns a red ferrari.

8. With plenty of games left, can the Blues make a push for the playoffs? – David Mead, St. Paul, MN
A: Absolutely we can! There is still a lot of hockey left to played but we know the situation that we’re in and the importance of every game. We are playing a lot better as of late and are definitely hungry for some playoff action. This is the best time of year...spring is around the corner and so are the playoffs.

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