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Tweetmail No. 220: Dzingelmail

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

And we're back!

It's been far too long. (Has it really been almost four months? Yes, apparently it has.) Welcome back to Tweetmail, (usually) a weekly feature on in which I take your Twitter questions about the Carolina Hurricanes or other assorted topics and answer them in mailbag form. Hopefully the final product is insightful to some degree, and maybe we have some fun along the way.

But wait. There's more! This isn't your typical Tweetmail, either. Answering your Twitter questions this week is Hurricanes forward Ryan Dzingel, who last week made his first visit to his new home in Raleigh.

Take it away, Ryan.

Tweet from @Gmerritt01: To Ryan: What are you looking towards most about Raleigh other than PNC Arena and it���s crowd?

Probably just making this place my home. I haven't really had one place where I called home or bought a house and relaxed and enjoyed it, so I'm looking forward to actually making this my home.

Tweet from @jtschult: How psyched is he to play for RBA based on initial conversations and what he has heard from other players?

I've heard nothing but great things. He's going to let you know where you stand. I like that. You have to keep yourself accountable, but it's good to know what the coaching staff feels about you, too.

Tweet from @freeveasey: Aside from Sebastian Aho, who are you most looking forward to playing with on this Carolina roster and why?

There are a lot of guys. Staal is cool. I watched him a lot when I was younger. Aho is pretty special. Our D corps is awesome. A little bit of everyone, to be honest. I'm sure once I get out there, I'll have a better feel for the guys. There are a lot of great players here.

Tweet from @katie_030305: @MSmithCanes Does he know any of our players personally or has he played on the same team as them before?

No, I don't know anyone, which is kind of weird, but it's going to be cool.

Tweet from @kohlerk08: #dzingelmail what was your favorite storm surge from last season?

I don't know. Duck, duck, goose was pretty funny.

Video: VGK@CAR: Canes play duck duck goose to celebrate win

Tweet from @kehruska: #tweetmail #canescast Hi Ryan! Did you always play forward growing up playing hockey? What is your favorite thing about the position you play now? Do you like to play any other sports for fun?

I always played forward. Scoring goals is definitely the most fun, so I try to do that as much as I can.

Tweet from @Tylerlakecanes: What rating should you be on nhl 20?

I don't even know. I haven't even looked what I'm at. It's probably pretty low. Bump me up a couple of spots. We'll see after this year.

Tweet from @mattyheman: What���s your opinion on pizza with pineapples on it?

My family enjoys it a lot. Is that a Raleigh thing?


I'm not a huge pineapple guy.

Do you have a go-to pizza topping then?

Deep dish with sausage in Chicago is pretty bomb.

Tweet from @goCanes_score: For RD: What is one hockey and one non-hockey thing that #Canes fans might be interested to know about you? #dirtylittlesecrets #Tweetmail

I have a great country voice. I like a ton of country, like Luke Combs.

Tweet from @ScottEnsell: What can you tell us about your charity, the Ryan Dzingel foundation? What type of events could you see the foundation having here in the Triangle?

The last two years we've had a hockey camp for kids 18 and under. We had a lot of inner-city kids who came. We paid for all of them to come and all their gear and stuff, so that was pretty cool. We raised a lot of money for that. I actually want to do a golf tournament. I was going to do one this summer, but getting traded and then trying to find out where I was going, I'm definitely going to do a golf tournament here.

Tweet from @CardiacCane: Ryan, which emoji would you use to describe you. For example, Aho=🐟

That's a tough one. Tongue out one, I guess, I don't know. 😛

Tweet from @rcsherwo: Ryan, do you have any pregame traditions or superstitions? #tweetmail #canescast

No, but I eat chicken parm the night before every game, pretty much.


That was fun, no? Join me (not Dzingel) next week (promise!) for more questions and more answers!

If you have questions you'd like answered or you have some additional quiries for Dzingel we can answer in the coming months, you can find me on Twitter at @MSmithCanes, or you can drop me an email.

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