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Q&A with Jordan Staal - Your Questions Answered - MOCKUP

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
What is it like coming back to play halfway into the season?

Submitted by Frank P. via Twitter

Jordan Staal
:  It was a real challenge for me to sit in the locker room and watch the team play night after night.  I did a lot of exercising and working with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar to get back on the ice as quickly as possible, but to be honest - I couldn't wait to get back out there!

What do you eat before a game?
Submitted by Lisa S. via Email

Jordan Staal
: Haha, I like to have some sort of protein before a game, so I usually stick to either a chicken breast or protein shake.  I have been known to throw in a couple candy bars right before taking the ice, though that's probably not the most healthy option.

How often do you skate during the off-season?
Submitted by Alexander M. via Facebook

Jordan Staal
: Oh man, probably not as much as I should.  I usually spend the first month or two just relaxing after the season, catching up on family time and all of that. I do a lot of cross-training as well, working on running and riding my bike.  I usually try to skate at least once a week two months out, and then work up to three or four times a week during the final month before pre-season starts.
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