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.
Recently, we had the chance to do a Q+A with training camp sensation Carlo Colaiacovo who shared his thoughts about his performance this preseason: Q: What has training camp been like, playing in your first NHL game and scoring your first NHL goal? Colaiacovo
: It's something I've always dreamed of. My first training camp has really been unbelievable, the way I've been playing and handling myself. I credit that to a lot of hard work over the summer and a lot of hard work over the years. Q: As a kid, who was your favourite player and why?
| Colaiacovo has impressed all observers this preseason. |
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: I've got to say my dad was a big fan of Bobby Orr and I think I followed in those footsteps. Puck-carrying defensemen, rushing defensemen. I think to him I reminded him a bit of Bobby Orr and that's who I looked up to. Q: What is it like to play against your brother? Colaiacovo
: (laughs) Growing up, playing on the same team was something special, but we never thought of playing on different teams. We got to experience a good challenge against each other last year in the finals and good things went my way. It's definitely competitive. I tried the trash talk against him the first ever game I played against him, but it didn't seem to work. He stuck it right back at me. I stay away from that now and concentrate on the game at hand. Q: What kind of training did you do over the summer to prepare for training camp? Colaiacovo
: A lot of speed work, strength work, definitely conditioning because it's such a big part of this game. Obviously you have to be strong to play and these are the things I worked on over the summer. I find the off-season the hardest part of hockey and that's the truth. The way you prepare yourself in the off-season will reflect on how good you do during the regular season. Q: What advice do you give to kids who are 8, 9, 10 years-old and have dreams of playing in the NHL? Colaiacovo
: I've had those same dreams. All I can say is that you keep following your dreams and keep working hard. If you put the work in towards what you want to accomplish, you'll get there. Check back in upcoming weeks for the next installment of ASK THE LEAFS.