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Canes Corner: Aho Shining for Canes

Finnish forward talks playoff hockey, tennis, coffee and more

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - After assembling a career-long 14-game point streak, Sebastian Aho headed to Backyard Bistro for an appearance on Canes Corner, where he answered a string of more than 14 questions.

Here are some highlights from Aho's conversation with TV's Mike Maniscalco.

On his competitiveness: "I think I'm always going to have that in me. ... I was pretty young when I first played in a pro league. I have a big brother and a dad who were always pretty hard on me. I had to learn ways to beat them somehow. I've never been the biggest guy or even the toughest, but I try my best."

On what he likes about this year's team: "First of all, we have good people on our team. I really like our teammates, and we have a good time together. That's really important. At the same time, we have great talent on our team. We've got depth, a really solid D corps, two good goalies - actually four now. We have all the tools. We just have to make the final push to get into the playoffs. You never know what happens in playoffs."

On playoff hockey: "It was awesome. A lot of emotions. It was intense. It was still hockey, the same game, but there's always a little extra intensity and a lot of emotion. It was a really, really great time. For sure, we want to get back there this year and go even further."

On the hardest part of taking faceoffs in the NHL: "There are guys who have been doing it for 20 years. This is my second year, so I think it's a matter of time to learn those tricks. I feel like lately I've been better."

On his pregame ritual: "I always play two-touch soccer before the game. I nap. I eat pretty much the same meal, not the exact same meal but pretty much the same every time. I always tape my sticks. There are a couple others, but if I do it in the wrong order or whatever, I don't have to re-do it. I'm not that superstitious."

On Dave Ayres: "I've never been or even seen anything like that. That was crazy. Obviously it's too bad to have both goalies hurt, but he played great. I really like how we played. It was crazy. A fun memory, and a great story."

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On his tennis game: "I'm all offense. I just go all out there. I've got no defense in tennis."

On talking to family: "My dad, after every game. Sometimes it's not even hockey related. It's just catching up on what's going on. I try to call back home as much as I can."

On if his dad, in his prime, could defend Sebastian: "He was a pretty solid stay at home D, so maybe. You never know."

On his coffee order, which Jordan Martinook knew: "Grande Pike from Starbucks. One of the guys at the card table gets the coffee for everyone, so we have to know what other guys are getting."

On his favorite Storm Surge: "The one where Marty got knocked out by Evander Holyfield. That was really cool."

On what he likes about Raleigh and the team: "In Raleigh, the people are super nice. I love my teammates. I have a lot of fun just going to the rink every day and playing with the guys. I think we have a good thing going on here. It's been awesome."

On his choice of guacamole or queso: "Guacamole."

Don't miss the full Canes Corner episode with Aho, which features all of this plus much more.

Canes Corner is a live radio show broadcast from Backyard Bistro. Hosted by Mike Maniscalco, the one-hour show features a Hurricanes guest and can be heard on 99.9 The Fan.

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