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Question and Answer: Mike Angelidis

by Turner Batten / Tampa Bay Lightning

What is your first hockey memory?

Winning the Wasaga Beach Tournament. It was a lot of fun as a kid. It was one of the first big hockey events that we won, and of course everyone has fun winning, so that still to this day is a pretty concrete hockey memory of my childhood.

Who was your hockey idol growing up?

I enjoyed watching the Maple Leafs play so Wendel Clark and Doug Gilmour were my favorite players for the Leafs, but I loved watching Steve Yzerman play as a kid. He was such a great player.

What is one thing you cannot live without?

My car. I am always on the go especially back in Toronto. I definitely could not live without my car.

If you had a super power, what would you want it to be?

I would want to be able to fly. I would love to be able to just fly everywhere because like I said, I am always on the go.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

People being late. I hate people showing up 10 or 15 minutes after they said they would be somewhere. I guess I am kind of getting used to it though.

Do you have a dream vacation destination?

Back packing through Europe would be awesome. I have always wanted to do that. Hiking through Switzerland and the mountains over there is something I have also wanted to do as well.

What is your favorite sport outside of hockey?

Soccer. I grew up playing soccer in the summer when I wasn’t playing hockey. Plus, I love how into the game the fans get, so it would definitely be awesome to play for a professional soccer team.

What is your favorite TV show?

I have been watching a lot of Sons of Anarchy recently so I’d say that. It’s entertaining.

What is your favorite pregame meal?

A box of chicken. Sometimes I’ll switch it up and enjoy some breakfast foods, but I usually go with the chicken.

Do you have any pregame superstitions?

It is more of a routine, but I always tape my stick the same way and stretch in the same spot. I try to just keep the same routine for every game.

Who is the comedian in the Crunch locker room?

Pierre-Cedric Labrie gets the most laughs from the guys. Even when he isn’t trying to be funny, it is still funny just because of the way he talks.

Who is your favorite teammate to watch play?

I like watching the smaller guys get in there and mix it up in the tough areas. I also like watching Brett Connolly in front of the net, especially when he takes a hit to the face. I love his reactions to that.

If you were on the reality television show The Amazing Race, which teammate would you want to be your partner?

Probably J.T. Wyman. He is a smart guy from Dartmouth and he is into politics and history, so I think he would be the best choice.

What is your favorite genre of music?

I like a lot of music, but rock and hip-hop are probably my favorite. Definitely not a pop fan though.

Do you have any nicknames?

I have a lot of nicknames but the two most-used ones are probably Angie and Skip. Since I am the captain of the team the boys like to call me Skip.

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