New Ducks defenseman Sheldon Souray could hardly have been more gracious, personable and -- no other way to put it -- chatty during his live chat with fans we held this afternoon. He made it clear early on that no question was off limits, and he talked plentifully about how much he was looking forward to the Ducks and what he could bring with the team. Meanwhile, he delved into his off-the-ice side when he talked about what he's been doing this summer, his favorite TV shows and movies, and even his year-and-a-half-long relationship with WWE superstar Kelly Kelly.
A few highlights:
On why he chose Anaheim
One of the reasons was that they are really close to being back to a playoff team. They're closer than people give them credit for. Another reason was that I know a couple guys on the team, Saku being one of them, and I know his commitment to winning a Stanley Cup. I talked to him before free agency began about the Ducks and what went wrong last year. I felt that I could probably come in and help out, be a piece of the puzzle moving forward and get this team over the hump. Third reason, is I'm close to my family over here. My young daughters are here and I can be a part of their lives on a more consistent basis. All of that is important to me.
On who he's looking forward to playing with
I'm excited to get back and play with Saku. I played with him for 7 years in Montreal, and I'm a huge fan of his. His story is pretty well-documented and he's been an inspiration to so many people. I'm looking forward to getting back and playing with him. I'm also looking forward to getting on the other side and not having to defend Perry and Getzlaf. That will be a nice change. My arms were getting tired of cross-checking Perry every game.
On how he met Kelly Kelly
I met her through a mutual friend and we kind of kept in contact and that was it. We've been together about a year and a half. One thing we've been lucky to do as athletes is meet a lot of people -- other athletes, celebrities, actors. You get to meet so many different people from so many walks of life. Some you like, some you don't. I like her a lot more than other people.
On whether he felt this morning's earthquake
I actually didn't. I must have been training too hard. I thought it was just me putting the weights back on the floor.
You can check out the entire transcript here.
Sheldon seemed to have so much to say about a number of topics, but we had to wrap up the chat eventually. Definitely looking forward to talking with him more this season.