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 ask Darcy Tucker anything you like. We will pick the best questions for him and Darcy's answers will appear here and also on the FanCam epsiode Saturday, December 7 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 the Maple Leafs' sniper Alex Mogilny. Q
: How did you get involved with hockey and how old were you? Alex
: How old? I don't know exactly I would say about 6 or 7. I probably got involved because of the long winters where I come from and there is nothing else to do but go outside and play around with the guys. I was always outside in the freezing cold in those days. Q
: Why did you choose #89? Alex
: 89 is a number that Seymour Knox gave me (owner of the Buffalo Sabers at the time). It was the year that I came over to play pro and I was drafted # 89 overall. It has served me well and means a lot to me. Q
: What do you do in the off season to stay in shape? Alex
: A lot of people do different things. Basically, you know when you get older you try to do a little more. Ride the bike, running, a little weights here and there, nothing to crazy. Things have changed a lot since I turned pro. Guys are bigger, stronger, faster, so we pay more attention to off-ice conditioning. Q
: What skill would you say has helped you the most in your career, and what would you recommend as the most important skill for kids to work on? Alex
: I guess you learn the thought process on the ice. Sometimes you need to know where your partners are, where you are on the ice to think the play through. It's really important to read the ice well and the situation. I think that's what has helped me so far. Q
: 5. What was is like winning the Stanley Cup, and what did you do with the cup when it was your turn to have it? Alex
: Winning the Cup was a lot harder than I thought it would be. It was an unbelievable experience. When it was over I couldn't believe that the first thing that went through my mind was that - I'm glad it is over because it is so hard. You have no energy left and lifting the Cup and your shoulders hurt ... everything hurts. You can't imagine it. It was so incredible. Check back in upcoming weeks for the next installment of ASK THE LEAFS.