Chuck Kobasew might be one of the quieter players in the Bruins locker room, but his work on the ice speaks volumes. A former Boston College Eagle, he helped BC to their second NCAA Championship (and first since 1949) in 2001 and was named tournament MVP. As a Lowell Lock Monster, the tenacious Kobasew held the franchise's single season goal mark with 38, and served as captain during the 2004-05 season. With Boston, the now veteran NHL forward has been a welcome addition to the B's offense and has challenged for the team lead in goal throughout the 2007-08 campaign. Before Chuck scored his 20th goal of the year on Thursday night, he sat down with BostonBruins.com. Here is that Q & A: CC: For some of the players Boston is a new city, especially when they first get into town. But you had spent some time here when you attended Boston College, along with Bruins defenseman Bobby Allen. How was that experience?
CK: It was good, I was only there for one year but it was kind of my first taste of Boston. We had a good team (NCAA Champions, 2001) and I was glad to be a part of that. CC: How is it playing with a former college teammate in the NHL? Do you reminisce about college hockey?
CK: Bobby and I we joke around a lot, just like we used to. And he hasn’t changed much and that’s usually a good thing [laughs]. We talk about BC once in a while and we go see the hockey team and talk to them whenever we get an opportunity.
CC: I hear you and Andrew Ference are good friends and you are also neighbors during the off-season [in British Columbia].
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CK: Yeah, we’re next door neighbors in the off-season and we played together in Calgary for, I think, three or four years. We’re pretty close and we got traded together from Calgary to here so it worked out good that way. CC: During the off-season what type of thing s do you enjoy doing?
CK: I like to golf. I like going boating [and] just relaxing in the nice weather. [Western Canada] is a relaxing place. Besides working out, I just enjoy getting away from hockey and doing other things…Once you’ve work out you try to enjoy your day and do things that you don’t do during the season like seeing family and friends and [also] a lot of charity events. CC: The Bruins do a lot of charity events as a team during the season and off-season as well. Do you do any individual charity work?
CK: Well, we’ve got a lot here in Boston that we do as a team, but there's some individual stuff I do back home. I have a golf tournament [and] I help out other players at their golf tournaments, hockey schools and stuff like that.