Welcome to a new feature on mapleleafs.com where you can ask a question of a member of the Maple Leafs each week and see selected answers posted here. You will also be able to see the answers on FanCam, one of the more popular shows on Leafs TV.
This week you can Wade Belak
anything you like. We will pick the best questions for him and Wade's answers will appear here and also on the FanCam episode Saturday, March 29 at 11:30 am. FanCam also has repeat broadcasts throughout the week so check the Leafs TV schedule.
Recently, we had the chance to do a Q+A with Maple Leafs' blueliner Richard Jackman. Q
: How does it feel to be one of the youngest players on the team? Ric
: "Yeah, it's been fun. You know we got a lot of veteran players here that have been here for a long time so you know they have a lot of leadership in this room and a lot of guys to look up to and help me out as well. So hopefully, one day I can help out the younger players. We have a great coaching staff and the Maple Leaf Organization is a top-notch organization."
| Ric loves to play in front of the ACC crowd. |
Graig Abel Photography.
: What are the added pressures of hockey the general public doesn't see? Ric
: "That's tough, I really can't answer that, I come to the rink everyday with a smile on my face and leave with a smile on my face. I don't look at it like a job. It's so much fun being here and being around the guys. It's not work to me. I definately work hard at practice and in games, but it's such an enjoyment to be here that I don't really dislike anything about it" Q
: Do you still consider hockey a game or is it a job now that you play in the NHL? Ric
: "I still love it... it's not a job for me. I get paid to do something I love which I think anyone would like to do. I still enjoy coming to the rink every day and have a lot of fun doing it." Q
: How did it feel to be an instant role model once you became a NHL player? Ric
: "It's great, I have fun with it, I try to help out as many kids or do as many charity (events) as I can in the community. Any time any kids ask for an autograph, the guys are great. We always stop and sign them and we can help out any way we can with charities or whatever it may be." Q
: What goes through your mind when thousands of Leaf fans are cheering for you during a home game? Ric
: "Oh it's great, it's the best feeling in the world when everybody is standing up and clapping and cheering for you when things are going good, hopefully. This is the best city. This is the hockey world right here in Toronto, so it's great. It makes you tingle all over. It's unbelievable." Check back in upcoming weeks for the next installment of ASK A LEAF.