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Offside with Rob Davison

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
Rob Davison signed with the Vancouver Canucks over the summer as a free agent to help bolster an already deep blueline. In his sixth year as an NHL player, Davison brings experience to the team and while everyone now knows about his infamous goal, what else do you know about him? Go Offside with Rob Davison and find out.

What is a food you would never try?

I think I would try everything once. But I’ve tried liver and I won’t try it again. When I was young – I remember it was so bad that I won’t ever try it again. The taste has never left me.

What is the best concert you’ve been to?

Barenaked Ladies, when I was 15 or 16 at Ontario Place in Toronto.

What is your favourite offseason activity?

Just hanging out with my family, my son and my wife and not really doing anything. My son will be two in November and he’s at that stage, where he’s walking and running and terrorizing his mother. I pretty much get off the hook as far as the terrorizing.

Who on the team would you choose to be your partner on the Amazing Race?

I think I would pick Steve Bernier because I’ve known him the longest and he speaks French so we’d have two languages – I think that would be a benefit to us. I’m the directions person for sure, I’ve got a good sense of direction so I think I would be in charge of that.

I don’t know if we’d do too well because of the organizational stuff but we’d get around fine.

What former player would you like to see back in the NHL?

Pat Lafontaine. I liked watching him when he was Buffalo. I think his career was cut short – I mean he wasn’t my favourite player but I enjoyed watching him.

Who was your favourite player growing up?

Scott Stevens

If you were NHL commissioner for a day, what is the first thing you would do?

I’d move more teams to Canada or expand to Canada. I think Canada deserves more hockey teams and there are few markets here that would do well like Winnipeg and Quebec City.

And I also think that Toronto could do for another franchise – New York has three in that area, so I think two would do fine in Toronto.

What do you miss most about your hometown?

Friends and family mostly, just being on the West coast – it’s tough with the time zone changes to time your calls and that sort of thing.

What was your best subject in school?

Phys ed and geography.

What was your worst subject in school?

Probably history...

What is your favourite vacation spot?

Bermuda, it’s where my wife and I went to for our honeymoon and the next year we went back just because we loved it so much. We’ve been married four years now.

What is the most memorable thing a coach has ever said to you?

We were playing in the Western Conference finals against Calgary when I was with San Jose in 2003-04, my coach at the time told me I would be playing that night.

It was my first playoff game and it was the Western Conference finals and I ended up getting an assist that night.

What is the best thing to happen to you on skates?

Playing in my first NHL hockey game in 2002-03. I remember getting the call and at the time we didn’t have cable internet, we were still on the dial-up using the phone line, my minor league coach was trying to call me all night and my wife was on the Internet the whole night until about 1:00 in the morning.

Finally he got through and told me I was flying out 6:00 in the morning and playing that night and that was exciting... and memorable.

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