During the last week of November, the Blues gave fans a chance to submit a question to defenseman Bryce Salvador. With hundreds of submitted questions, we narrowed them down and presented Salvador with 11 questions that summed up what most of you were asking. His answers are below.
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1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a hockey player? – Katie Tipton, St. Louis, MO
Bryce Salvador: Since I was about 4 or 5 years old. 2. Have you enjoyed being able to play your entire career with the Blues? – Jen Koewn, Maryland Heights, MO
BS: I’ve been pretty fortunate to be able to play with the Blues organization. I played in the minors with them for three years in Worcester. It’s been a great time and it’s been a great organization to be a part of.
3. When you go out to other cities, do you get to go out to enjoy the city or is it all business? – Rick Dobson, Desoto, MO
BS: Most of the time it’s pretty much business. We usually get in the night before the game or late afternoon. So really, you only have time to go grab a bite to eat and then go to bed, get ready for the game the next day. Then it’s practice the next morning, pregame meal and stuff, so not very often do we get to actually spend some time in the city.
4. Up to this point, who has been the most influential person in your hockey career? – Andrew O’Donnell, Quincy, IL
BS: It’s not just one person. There’s been so many people. To go down the list, I think there’s my parents, the coaches, the guys I played with to families I lived with. A lot of people helped me along my way.
5. I was a player at one of your defense camps this summer and liked it a lot. Do you like teaching kids like myself how to play defense? – Tyler Fechte, Troy, IL
BS: I really enjoy it. Until you’ve actually done it, you don’t realize how much kids appreciate and look up to you. It’s a great feeling to be out there and teaching kids different aspects about how to play defense. It’s such a tough position to play, and you don’t really realize it until you see little kids trying to play the position. It kind of puts you back in your shoes when you were growing up, and it reminds you ‘wow, it is a tough position to learn.’ The best thing is the kids improve. They’re sponges at that age, they just soak everything in.
6. You have the second longest tenure here with the Blues behind Jamal Mayers. What is it like being with a team this long and what makes you want to be with the St. Louis Blues? - Randall Ritchey, Gray Summit, MO
BS: There’s a lot of character with the Bluenote. The city’s great, the fans are great and they’ve been really great to me my whole career. It’s a professional organization right from when I signed with them. First class all the way. When you’re working with professionals, it’s easy to come to work everyday and that’s one of the main reasons why I enjoy playing here.
7. What gets you pumped up for a game? When you’re a few hours away from playing Detroit or Nashville, do you rock out to Rage Against the Machine or do you just like to take it easy and get mentally prepared? – Bradley Darby, St. Louis, MO
BS: I do a little bit of both. I’m a big hip hop guy, so it’s hip hop on the way down to the rink and stuff like that. Then I get a little relaxation in there, too, just keep it loose, joke around and have some fun. It doesn’t take much to get us up, we’re pretty fortunate to be playing at this level. 8. If you could have any defense partner in the NHL, who would it be? – Brett Lockhart, Anaheim, CA
BS: It’d be the guy I’m playing with, Eric Brewer.
9. What is a good food to eat before the game that isn’t too heavy and will stay with you throughout the entire game? – Rich Norman, Waterloo, IL
BS: I’m big into pasta. I eat lots of pasta, big, whole plate with meat sauce and throw a little sausage in there. 10. What is the biggest change Coach Murray brought to the defensive side of the game? – Matthew Eriks, St. Louis, MO
BS: It was just the way he was able to get everybody to buy into his system. I think what makes him a great coach is that the system that he has, everyone believes it. You could have the best players, but if not everyone wants to buy in to the system, it doesn’t matter what you do out there. I think he’s done a good job of getting everyone to buy in. 11. If given the chance, how would you spend your day with the Stanley Cup? – Shane Melbourne, St. Louis, MO
BS: “I don’t jinx myself like that. That’s something that when the times comes, I’ll think about it.”