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Aleksander Barkov: My Weekend in South Florida

by Aleksander Barkov @Barkovsasha95 / FloridaPanthers.com

Welcome to "My Weekend in South Florida," where your favorite Florida Panthers players share how they prefer to spend their free weekends throughout the summer and season while suiting up for the NHL's southernmost franchise.

1. If I have a free weekend in South Florida, I usually spend it…

I don't really do anything. I just hang out. When I'm here, I feel like I have a job to do. I have to play hockey. Now that the season's over, I really don't know what to do. I'll stay here and then probably go back to Finland for a while. I'll train, spend time with my family and then come back here. I'm not too crazy. I do take time off. But I always want to get a stick back in my hands.

2. If one of my teammates tags along, it's usually…

I'm the only one who lives in Boca Raton, so I'm far away from most guys. I'd say I hang out with Maxim Mamin the most. He's still living in a hotel, so he's close to me.

3. I like having him around because…

Maxim is a great guy. We're the same age. We don't remember, but we probably played each other on junior national teams. It's likely, but we're not sure. We have pretty much all the same interests. We both like PlayStation and basketball. We like to go and shoot around a bit. I'm not good enough to play one-on-one with him yet.

4. When it's time to grab a bite, I'll head to…

There's a lot of good places in Boca. I like this one Sushi place, SUSHIGO. The old chef from Nobu is working there now. It's pretty good. I like to get the Sea Bass Bomb.

5. If that's not an option, then I'll try…

If it has to be something regular, it'd have to be Chipotle. I'll do a bowl with rice, no beans, and usually chicken. I don't do sour cream, cheese or anything like that. Just add some guacamole and a water and I'm set.

6. If I hit the beach, I can't forget to bring…

A towel.

7. My favorite thing about playing hockey in South Florida is…

Everything here. I'm from Finland, so it's a little bit different. The sun is shining all the time. It's really hot weather. I love hockey here. It's pretty much the same as anywhere else, but when you go outside the weather and everything is awesome.

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