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Spotlight on Guillaume Latendresse: Pt. 2

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

With his rookie season under his belt, Guillaume Latendresse took the time to answer some questions to give fans the chance to know a little more about him.

How did you feel after scoring your first NHL goal and what did you do with the puck? It was sort of a split feeling because at first we didn't know if the goal was going to be awarded to Saku or me.  I gave the puck to the trainer but haven't seen it yet.

What was your first impression when you stepped on to the ice for your first NHL game?  It was really incredible.  To see the crowd, all those fans at the start of the game.  It was pretty unbelievable.

How did you adapt to the NHL after playing in the QMJHL?  There was plenty of adapting.  Traveling on planes instead of buses.  Being recognized everywhere you go.  There were as many adjustments on-ice as there were off it, but they're the kind of adaptations that you enjoy.

Of all the cities you visited this season, which arena impressed you the most? I'd have to say TD Banknorth Garden in Boston.  With the rivalry between the Canadiens and Bruins, it always makes for a good game.  Both their fans and ours know their hockey, so that always makes for a good atmosphere.

What do you eat most often before a game? Good ol'spaghetti.  We're told from a young age that we should have pasta before a game.

Even though you've been playing hockey since you were very young, what surprised you in your first year in the NHL?  I was more or less prepared for everything that happened this year.  Having grown up in Montreal and followed the Canadiens as a kid, nothing really surprised me.

What was the first number you ever wore? I used to wear No. 5 when I played MAGH 2.  I didn't want to wear again because now that I look back on it, it wasn't a great number.

Which NHL goalie would you be most proud to score against?  Like many Quebec hockey players, I'd have to say Martin Brodeur.  It hasn't happened yet but it would really be something if it happened in the near future.

What's your favorite music group?  I don't really have a favorite group but I really like Quebec music.

Do you have a pre-game ritual? No, not really.  I'm not superstitious like that.  I just go with the flow.

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