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Ask A Player - Todd Bertuzzi

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
Q: Did you always aspire to playing hockey growing up? (Alex - Pit Meadows, BC)

 Yes for sure, I think with Sudbury being a hockey city, playing hockey is in your blood.

Q: What do you remember about playing in Guelph, Ontario and what did you take away from that experience? (Megan Bennett - Guelph, Ontario)

 Playing in Guelph was probably the best experience of my life. Hockey was hockey, it was enjoyable and it didn't come with any distractions that have come with playing up here. I met a lot of great guys and had a lot of fun. It was a great organization in Guelph!

Q: Was it hard playing on the same team with guys like Sakic and Iginla during the Olympics, when your used to playing against them in the NHL? (Erin McLeod - Duncan, BC)

 Not really, I've played with them in a couple all-star games and I know them through different people. If anything, it was an honor to play with them. It was a lot of fun, we had a group that got along and respected one another, so it's unfortunate that we couldn't get the job done in Turin.

Q: Did you get a chance to enter a nice Italian restaurant in Turin? If so, what was your favorite meal? (David McGregor - Langley, BC)

 I went out for dinner a couple times. In Turin, I don't think they have ever heard of tomato sauce because every dish was creamy. It wasn't the kind of sauce I like, but overall it was a great time and Torino is a beautiful place.

Q: In light of all the injuries that have been caused by the Olympics, do you feel NHL players should participate in the Olympic Games?

 When you look at the Olympics it is an amateur event, and to take that opportunity away from a lot of the amateur guys, is tough. On the other hand, it was my one chance to play in the Olympics and I wouldn't change it for the world.

Q: What do you think this team needs to focus on to get back to form, and make a run for post-season play? (Erin - Lake Stevens, WA)

 We need to work together; we have a new group here with some additions that I think are great additions. They're going to help bring us what we need defensively and allow us to win those one nothing games. I think it's all about concentrating on those one nothing games in the play-offs where goals are hard to come by.

Q: Before all your games, do you have any pre-game rituals or listen to a certain type of music?


Q: What is your favorite tv show or video game? (Rahul - Delta, BC)

 I don't watch tv that much, I watch the golf channel probably the most out of anything. As far as video games go, I like X-Box...I play a little bit of Halo.

Q: What is your favorite thing about living in Vancouver? (Katelin)

 I think Vancouver overall is great. I especially like the restaurants, and the fact that there's always a lot to do here. In many of the other cities that we play in, there's not much to do when we have days off. We're fortunate in Vancouver to have so many different things to do up in Whistler and on the Island.

Q: I have played golf with Murph and he mentioned how avid and talented a golfer you are, so what is your favorite local course? (Mark Markowicz)

 There's a handful. I played over at Northview a bit which is lots of fun. Also, I really enjoyed Point Grey, the people there are really great and we were fortunate that they let us come up there quite a bit. Also, Trevor's place, on Marine Drive is always a fun course!


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