This afternoon Ryan Getzlaf took part in a Google+ Hangout set up by Sportsnet in Canada, in which he was streamed live via webcam from his offseason home in Kelowna, BC and answered questions submitted from fans throughout North America. Here are some highlights (you can watch a replay of it here):
On his first career goal: That was a pretty special day, especially scoring it in Joe Louis Arena in that. I tend to score a lot of goals against Detroit for some reason. I was at the point for some reason, probably shouldn't have been there. I took a slap shot from the point and it went in over the shoulder. It was just one of those pucks that found a way in.
On people saying he should shoot more: I always answer, "What would Corey Perry do if I was shooting all the time?”
On his brother Chris, a wide receiver for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League: Rider Nation is pretty strong, so when I go back home, people know my brother more than me. We had competition growing up, but he helped push me when I was young. I always wanted to be involved in what he was doing. My brother is like my best friend, and he took a back seat to a lot when I got attention at a younger age. He developed into a football player at like 22 or 23. By that time, I was already in the NHL for a little while. When he went through it, I got to sit back and support him, and show up at his games and help him through the process I already went through.”
On playing baseball as a kid (when host Jeff Marek said he heard he was a great catcher with a gun behind the plate, Getzlaf said, "That must have come from my mom."): Growing up, I always believed in playing different sports, and so did my family. We didn't want to focus on one thing. I played baseball, volleyball, football and all that stuff. As you get older, you kind of have to pick a route and that's when I leaned toward hockey.
I was very involved and I loved baseball. I loved being outside. I was a catcher, so I got to be in control a little bit, which is a good thing for me. I loved football, but I think I was better at baseball.
On making those sketches with Bobby Ryan for the NHL Awards: I'm sure it was a lot more fun for me than Bobby. We had a good time with it. We were skeptical about it, and I was worried about it because I didn't want to put out a thing where we think we're better than the States. We had a lot of fun with it, and it's something you don't experience a lot as a player as far as all that goes into it.
On seeing the game grow in Southern California: It has a lot. When the Samuelis came in, they took a lot of interest in the team and building it to where it is now. They've bought and refurbished a lot of rinks in the area and built things up that way as well. It's been very encouraging.
On wearing shorts to the rink: It's unbelievable. It's a different feeling, that’s for sure. I drove a convertible to the rink every day for the first couple of years. It's a little easier to get up and go to the car when you don't have to remote start it from the house first.
On pregame rituals: I'm not superstitious at all. I try not to worry about things I can't control. The problem with superstitions is when they don't go your way, suddenly you have a problem. Anyone who's played with me will tell you I'm pretty relaxed before the games.
On tinkering with equipment: I'm more of an old-fashioned guy when it comes to the equipment. When I find something I like, I don't change it. That's tough in our league because people want you to use the newest equipment. There are guys who struggle with that. But as Teemu Selanne says, "You're either a stick guy or a skate guy, and if you're both, you're in trouble."
On Selanne retiring: I have five hockey sticks in my garage signed by him saying it's his last year, and "Thanks for everything.” This year I was convinced he was retiring and he gave me another stick. It's now in that pile.
On Selanne playing at this level at his age: It doesn't amaze me because I know him and see him every day and see what kind of shape he's in. I'm surprised he hasn't stepped away, but at no time has he shown he can't play anymore. He's still young at heart and wants to be around the guys and keep playing. Other guys step away when it's time for them to leave, but he just hasn't reached that level.
On his summer plans: I like to relax as much as possible. We try not to travel too much. We live in Kelowna, BC in the offseason, and we love being on the water. I have a gym at my house that I work out in until August, and then I go into town and skate with the guys.
On next season: We're looking forward to going into camp and having our coach set and we're expecting good things. We're excited about going into camp with this group. I know Bob [Murray] has some work to do, but we're excited and ready to go.