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STALL MATES: Andy Greene

Devils Captain Andy Greene reflects on his previous locker room stall mates in our on-going series

by Amanda Stein amandacstein /

Devils captain Andy Greene is a pretty low maintenance, easy-going guy. 

But he does have one rule: "Respect the lines."

He says this, pointing to the breaks in the stall seating that separate each one. 

Greene picked up the 'respect the lines' moto from former teammate Mike Mottau, who was one of his early stall mates. 

"He was the one where he began the 'respect the lines'", he said pointing to the lines of separation.

"This is my stall. We don't want this kind of stuff going on," Greene said putting his shirt half a centimeter across the stall line. 

Little did Mottau know, it was the perfect rule, right from the get-go and one that still lives on.

"I was like 'I love it!' I like that kind of thing!" Greene recalls saying. "Respect the stall, you know. Don't be putting your stuff on my side."

The last four seasons, Greene has been in the same stall in the Devils locker room, but it hasn't always been that way. 

When Greene first broke into the league there was a rotation. The practice day locker room was different from the game-day locker room, his first season wasn't even at Prudential Center. The Devils still were at Continental. 

"The problem was that we had two separate locker rooms [at Prudential Center]," he said. "We had this one and a game locker room. There were different stall mates in both, different configurations. That's why I can't remember which one was which."

So, he really has to search the memory bank when figuring out who sat where.

His first year in the league, he played 23 games moving back and forth between the NHL and the AHL. 

"We were at the old rink, at Continental," he said. 

"My first full season was here," he said from his Prudential Center stall. 

"Right here," Greene said pointing to his current stall. "And then I got moved over there."

'There' being where Will Butcher now sits. 

"I was there until four years ago," Greene remembered.

Looking down the line to where Subban now sits, Greene remembered who once occupied that stall. 

It was Colin White.

"Every day I had to make sure he had his tape," Greene recalled. 

"He would use a certain amount of tape, so I had to make sure he had it. He literally sat there [right next to the tape], and he'd be like, obviously I'm a fast learning in this type of scenario, he would be like "Andy! Where's my tape!" and I'd be like "What do you need?"

Getting White his tape, wasn't as easy as just grab and go.

"We couldn't use clear tape back then. So, depending on the color of our socks, I had to match the socks. I had to check to see what socks he was using and I had to get him a red plastic, a thick white, and a thick black or whatever, every day."

"I would just think that he wouldn't go all three rolls the same day, so I would think the next day that 'oh, he'll be good for a day or two,' you don't use three rolls of tape for practice. And so, the next day I'd come in not thinking nothing and he'd be like 'hey! Where's my tape!' I would be like 'wait, what do you mean? I just gave it to you yesterday!" Greene remembered.

So why every day? Where would all that tape go? 

"Who knows! To this day, I have no idea what he did with it all!"

And so began a new routine for the now 37-year-old. "So I quickly learned every day: as soon as I got into the rink I'd set out Whitey's tape at his stall. 

"I literally did it until he left. I basically did it every day for five years."

As Greene began to recall certain stall mates, I asked who had the strangest quirks. 

"Big Sal," Greene was quick to interject.

That, being Bryce Salvador. 

"He's a little quirky guy, he has all different sorts of ideas of how and what to do. It was good though, you would learn some things. Like, you would learn how other guys think the game, how they prepare, what they think works for them. You take bits and pieces of it, for sure."

From Salvador, there were less rules and more learning by watching his routine.

"Different training aids he would try, stuff like that. I'd ask him about it. He got me into these 'skins', this under-stuff - he actually got me on those. I saw him wearing them and I asked him what that was." 

It was a type of compression garment that Greene continues to use to this day.

So, I wondered is there anything Greene makes his fellow stall mates do?

Knowing Andy, I felt like I already knew the answer. He's a pretty self-sufficient guy. 

There's just that one rule: 'respect the lines.'

"Now people are just taking three stalls across," he joked. "So, I use that one a lot now. "Respect the Stall Lines"

At the moment, there's an empty stall between he and P.K. Subban in the room.

So how does 'respect the lines' work?

"Bah, Subby pretty much takes it over!" he quickly said with a laugh.

"I get a little [extra] sliver here and there." 

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