Taylor Pyatt is the kind of guy who asks for Future Shop gift certificates at Christmas and goes to London Drugs to get toothpaste so he can wander over to the computer department. If it's shiny, has an lcd display, or its name begins with a lower-case "i", Taylor is on it like a magpie on tinfoil. iPOD
"I have a 30 gig iPod video," he says. "That always comes along."
So what does a 6'4", 220-pound hockey player from Thunder Bay load into his iPod?
"I've got all different kinds of music - some movies, some TV shows too. I've got a little bit of everything on there."
Pyatt just finished season five of 24. For music, it's The Killers, U2, and "a lot of different stuff." PSP
"I always bring my PSP," he says.
He's not alone there. There are usually enough PSP's and iPods on Canucks team charters to fill a bathtub.
"Some of the guys have been playing poker on the PSP, but I haven't gotten into the poker yet. I like Need For Speed - I play that quite a bit. That's the latest game I've got."
Other favourites include Hot Shots Golf, and an old classic he can't put down.
"It's called Gun. It's a country western shooting game. It's pretty fun and I play that quite a bit."
Set in the untamed West of the late-1800s, Gun is a free-roaming action-adventure game. Players control Colton White, a vengeful gunslinger who stares down corrupt lawmen, a murderous preachers, and renegade army psychopaths in an epic story of betrayal, greed, and revenge.
It's good for developing iron nerves and a quick release. APPLE MACBOOK (black)
"I usually bring my computer, along. I got that a couple months ago so I've been using that quite a bit."
"I usually just update my music, sometimes I play chess on there and some other games."
Pyatt only made the switch from using a PC a little over a month ago. He bought Apple after talking to a few other guys on the team - obviously not Sami Salo
who's pro-PC right to his bones.
"I'm still trying to get a handle on it," says Pyatt. "It's the first time I've had a Mac, so I'm still getting used to it, but I really enjoy it. It's a nice computer."
The new MacBooks boast 1.83 or 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processors and crazy-bright 13-inch screens - and of course the best of all, a sweet, sweet OS. ROAD SUIT
Pyatt's not a superstitious man, so there's not one specific suit that always makes the trip, but he always packs a dark one for the road.
"It depends," he explains. "I have quite a few different ones, but Hugo Boss is the designer I wear quite a bit."
"Three button black suit is the best bet to bring on the road, especially when you're on a long road trip. And black's always the way to go."
It's all about the camouflage.
Pyatt's been in Vancouver for just over four months, so most of his duds are from Buffalo or Toronto.
"I get them all over the place, but the last one I think I got here in town. Harry Rosen I think."
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS: BY THE WAY
By his own admission, Pyatt won't likely apply for a librarian's job when the hockey career winds down, but that doesn't mean books are banned from the travel bag.
"I was reading the Red Hot Chilli Pepper's book, but I only got through a few chapters of that one. I'm just not much of reader I guess. Usually get into my iPod or PSP and the book is just kind of there. I don't get into it that much."
Maybe audio books on the iPod?!? The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, or Lovely Bones come highly recommended.