|Blues forward Brad Boyes took time to answer questions from Blues fans this week. Check back for more "Ask A Player" features in the future.
During the first week of November, the Blues gave fans a chance to submit a question to forward Brad Boyes. With hundreds of submitted questions, we narrowed them down and presented Boyes with 10 questions that summed up what most of you were asking. Boyes' answers are below.
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Q: A lot of players say that St. Louis is the best city they have ever played in. How do you feel about playing in St. Louis so far?
– Spencer Hillman, St. Louis, MO
Brad Boyes: So far it’s been great. I didn’t know much coming in here, and hearing guys talk about it, so far it’s been great. It’s got its great restaurants. It’s a good sports town, and they support their teams well. I’m very surprised and very pleased by it.
Q: Why did you switch from No. 38 to No. 22?
– Marcus Pettersson, Boras, Sweden
BB: 38 was just given to me last year, and I was going to change it but right off the bat, things were going well for me, so I decided to keep it. But then it kind of toned down a bit, so this year, there weren’t a lot of numbers (available). But (22) is easier to (autograph), too. (laughing).
Q: You are off to a phenomenal start this year…do you attribute that to your great linemates (Tkachuk and Kariya) or is it more a “change of scenery” from Boston?
– Scott Bybee, Springfield, IL
BB: It’s definitely a bit of both. In Boston, things were going well playing with Patrice (Bergeron) and Marco (Sturm), those were two of the best players I’ve played with. Coming here, I think it was definitely a change of scenery and a different style of play. My last year in Boston, it was very defensive.
Q: I recently picked you up in my hockey pool. Will you score 50 goals for me this year?
– Brett Doig, Kingston, Ontario
BB: (Laughing) I’ll try.
Q: What do you think of the new RBK EDGE uniforms from a performance standpoint? I’ve read stories from various teams that they wick away moisture too well, thereby soaking the gloves, socks and skates profusely. Have you or any other of your teammates experienced this?
– Brian Goedde, St. Louis, MO
BB: I like the jerseys. They’re pretty light, they’ve got some stretch to them, which is good. I’m sure the guys that fight are having trouble with them ripping and things like that, but with me, my hands don’t sweat, it doesn’t drip down into my gloves too often, so I don’t have a problem with that.
Q: Who was your favorite player when you were growing up?
– Nick Mclever, Melbourne, Australia
BB: Gretzky was always there. Gretzky was a guy who I liked to follow. He was great to watch.
Q: If you weren’t playing hockey, what would you be doing?
– Tony Sindel, Eureka, MO
BB: I don’t know. I would have been in school for something. Both of my parents are teachers, but I don’t know if I would have gone into education or not. A lot of people ask me that. I would definitely go to school for something, I’m sure, and while there, I would have found something I would have liked. But to be honest, I love hockey.
Q: What’s your favorite hockey movie?
– Mike Brown, St. Charles, MO
BB: My favorite one is Slapshot, which is obviously a classic one. A couple of buddies of mine used to watch that literally everyday. We started watching it. The violence and the swearing was kinda cool for us (as kids). But again, for hockey movies, the action and fighting and everything was great.
Q: If you could pick a line of all-time players to play with, who would you pick?
– Corey Madden, Troy, MO
BB: That’s tough. I’d probably put together a line and just watch them. Not have me on it, just watch them play. It’s a tough question. We had so much success with Marco (Sturm) and Patrice (Bergeron), that was fun. But I’m still fairly new to this team here, but Paul (Kariya) has been awesome to play with, and Dougie (Weight) and (Keith Tkachuk). Guys I’ve played with here has been a pleasure.
Q: Preseason predictions gave the Blues credit for the rebuilding process, but gave them little chance of post season play or being a top team in the league. Does that give you extra incentive to prove the critics wrong?
– Kevin Appel, Peoria, IL
BB: I think so. I remember reading some of that, too in the summer. Everybody was talking, giving us credit for rebuilding again, but the playoff thing was a question. I kind of found that strange. I thought it wasn’t a question. We know we’re going to come hard, play well. The playoffs is definitely the first goal on to winning a Cup, and I haven’t had a doubt that we’re not going to be there. Whether it’s motivation or not, I don’t know. We’ve got a good sense of where we’re at and where we fit in the league as well.