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Tweetmail: Alex Nedeljkovic Edition

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / Hurricanes.com

TAMPA - Hello and welcome to a special edition of Tweetmail presented by Segra. This week, I take your Twitter questions straight to Calder Trophy finalist Alex Nedeljkovic.

Let's get to it.

What's a normal gameday routine like for you? - @Flame_minty

Nedeljkovic: Wake up. Have a coffee. Have some breakfast. Go to the rink. If we skate, warm-up and skate and whatnot. Do some stretching. Go home. Have pregame. After that, it's take a nap maybe and watch TV. I'm not too picky about that stuff, honestly. I get to the rink early, mostly just to waste time and do the crossword of the day. That's it.

Favorite thing to eat? - @BaileyPriester1

Nedeljkovic: I don't know if it's my favorite, but I eat it I feel like every other day now: chicken parmesan. I have it pregame and then the night before the game, I feel like. Usually when I get chicken parm, I get a nice piece of tiramisu afterward.

What is your favorite moment from the season thus far? - @LivBornkessel

Nedeljkovic: Up to this point, it would be that Game 6 winner from Fishy in Nashville. Everybody is just excited. Playoff hockey, there's nothing like it. Overtime in the playoffs, there's nothing like it, whether it's Game 1 or the series clincher. That was special. I think everyone was ready for that series being done. We had a lot to prove. There was a lot of excitement and a lot of emotion involved in that.

What is the most memorable goalie moment you've had from your childhood until now? - @SGybat

Nedeljkovic: In my childhood, I had a lot of great moments. I was fortunate enough to go on a lot of different trips and go to a lot of places nationally and internationally. I have a lot of memories from traveling like that. Hockey-wise, there's still so many. Getting drafted was an awesome experience. My first win in Vancouver was great. Going in in relief in Columbus was awesome. Scoring two goals. Winning the Calder Cup. There are too many to choose. A lot of good ones.

Is it on your mind to try to get a goal at the NHL level? - @B_Low_ & @hlsmith_2

Nedeljkovic: Absolutely. Probably more so than it needs to be. It doesn't matter if we score in the first minute of a game or what time it is, I'll think about it. If we score first, I'm like, 'All right, I can go for it. We still have another 58 minutes to go in the game.'

What inspired your goalie mask art? - @clancymagic

Nedeljkovic: The two I'm wearing now are both toques. I like wearing a toque on the bench. It's different. I know sometimes guys will do it when they play those outdoor games. I think Ryan Miller actually wore one on his helmet during the game. Somebody had it painted on their helmet for the Heritage Classic. I couldn't think of anything else, so I just thought, why not paint a toque on there?

Who was your idol growing up in hockey? - @pdowney88

Nedeljkovic: I watched a lot of Marty Brodeur. He liked to play the puck a lot and was really good at it. He's talked about as one of the best goalies ever. I liked watching him and the Devils. They were one of my favorite teams growing up. He's obviously a big reason why I play the puck so much.

Would love to know how you feel when you hear the crowd chant your name during player intros or when you make a big save? - @AMYLU1

Nedeljkovic: It's exciting. It's really cool and unique. It gives you a little adrenaline boost when you hear that. It's nice, and you appreciate that people recognize what you've done, that people support you that much and care that much. It's something you try to treasure and take in in the moment.

How do you get your hair to flow so good? - @NickColella / What's the secret to that beautiful hair? - @LundriganRiley / I'll ask this for all the ladies out there. What is your hair care routine? - @HakanPOW

Nedeljkovic: I don't have a routine, honestly. If anybody has some good tips, I'd be more than interested in hearing them because I think it's going to stick around for a while - until we win. Once we win, Marty and I have a little something-something planned for when we win.

Were you in on the "You can't out pizza the hut" quote from Geekie? - @HHandorf

Nedeljkovic: I had heard it. He had said it before. I wasn't aware he was going to say it in the interview. It's always fun to see that little emotion and personality come out in guys.

Tweet from @MSmithCanes: Words of wisdom from Morgan Geekie pic.twitter.com/CWsG42J4ax

Will you be streaming on Twitch again in the off-season? - @HockeyNC & @AddieCSmith

Nedeljkovic: I don't know if I'm going to be doing that. I've kind of laid off Xbox a bit lately, so I don't know if I'm going to or not.

Favorite part about Raleigh? - @Clownin026

Nedeljkovic: I think it's an undercover good food spot. There are a lot of good hole-in-the-wall places that you can go. It's a nice step away from the chain restaurants and things like that. It's a quiet scene, too. Around the entire city - you go out into Cary or the surrounding areas, and it's kind of quiet and laid back. It's kind of peaceful. It feels like there's no real rush to go anywhere. You can just kind of enjoy the moment.

Do you like pineapple on pizza? - @necasbff

Nedeljkovic: Yeah, absolutely.

(Editor's note: This is 100 percent the correct answer to this question.)


Join me again soon for more questions and more answers!

If you have a question you'd like answered or you also agree with the correct opinion of pineapple on pizza, you can find me on Twitter at @MSmithCanes, or you can drop me an email.

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