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 goaltender Trevor Kidd, who shared his thoughts on a number of subjects: Q: Were you always a goalie and if not why did you decide to become a goalie? Kidd:
I wasn't always a goalie. I think I played a few games out much like they do now in the minor leagues. Each guy got his turn at the net and when it came my to my turn I wouldn't let it go.
Q: What are the physical demands on a goalie? Kidd:
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I think it's a bit different from forwards and defenceman in the fact that we have to be more flexible. For a forward they move forwards and backwards, but for us it's all lateral movement, which is a lot of stress on the groin and thighs. We train a bit differently because of that. The one thing that is common is your wind, the ability to be in shape and not get tired. Q: What was the Olympic experience like? Kidd:
It was pretty neat. I hadn't seen much of the world being only 19 and I got the chance to travel all over the US and Europe. The hockey was a bit different than in the NHL, much more like junior. You ride on a bus together and spend all of your time together. It was also a more European style of hockey. Q: What kind of music do you listen to? Kidd:
To sum it up...Anything but country (laughs). Anything else I can handle. Q: What are your goals this season? Kidd:
It's a little different than in the past. In coming to Toronto nothing has changed as far as I want to do my best when I'm out there. I know those opportunities may be less than I'm used to going from a #1 position to the #2 position. As we all know age catches up with us. There is a light at the end of the tunnel in the fact that Eddie still has a few good years in him, but I am younger so I can be supportive in my role and be supportive to Eddie. Maybe the light at the end of the tunnel will be that I can go back to the #1 in the distant future. Check back in upcoming weeks for the next installment of ASK THE LEAFS.
Previous ASK THE LEAFS include: Tie Domi Brent Smith Rick Ley Carlo Colaiacovo Tom Fitzgerald