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Ask the Sharks: Cheechoo's Answers

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
You sent in your questions and we went through them looking for the most interesting, funny and informative ones from the bunch. The response was great and after fishing out the top questions sent in by you the fans, here are the ones we chose to ask Sharks right wing Jonathan Cheechoo:

What is the best part about playing in San Jose? – Logan Chapman
Cheechoo: Probably the fans.

San Jose Sharks right wing Jonathan Cheechoo celebrates after scoring. Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Do you ever just sit back and think, 'Wow... I have a really cool job!' – Caitlin
Cheechoo: Yea. I have the coolest job that I have ever wanted since I was a kid.

Do you have a pregame ritual? – Denis Perez
Cheechoo: Not really. Just show up to the game and tape my sticks.

When fans are really into a game, can you really feel their energy? – Chrissy Fink
Cheechoo: Yea. That’s why home advantage is so important in the playoffs. The fans get loud. And not only us, but the other team feels it more so than us. It kind of gets them back on their heels.

Have you noticed a difference between the atmosphere with Todd McClellan as head coach versus Ron Wilson? – Steve Scholar
Cheechoo: Yea. There are obviously different styles. They both bring something different to the game. But this has been working for us so far.

Which player do you hang out with the most when you're off the ice? – Tina Son

Cheechoo: I pretty much hang out with everybody. We’re always around each other.

San Jose Sharks right wing Jonathan Cheechoo, right, falls over Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco in the second period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Western Conference semifinal playoff series, Sunday, April 27, 2008, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Which NHL goalie would you like to have the most goals against this year? – Christian Valdes
Cheechoo: It doesn’t really matter. As long as I take care of business on the ice, I’ll be happy.

What’s your opinion of Sharks new assistant coach Trent Yawney? – Les Bridgeman
Cheechoo: He’s good. I like him. He knows what he’s talking about and he’s a smart guy. He demands a lot of everyone.

What would you tell a second grade boy who loves watching you a lot more than doing Cheechoo: homework? – John Gengerella
Make sure you get your homework done early!

What is the song that best gets you prepared for a game? – Rolando Maestas
Cheechoo: I don’t know. I don’t listen to anything specific, whatever is playing in the locker room. Jeremy Roenick’s in charge of that. Whatever he has on for the day gets us going.

Besides hockey, is there any other sport you are really good at? – Aurelia Vazquez

Cheechoo: I don’t know. I’m decent at most sports I play. I like baseball.

Do you wear the number 14 for any special reason? – Bettina Sohst
Cheechoo: It was given to me. It was the number they gave me when I first made the team.

What part of your game did you focus on in the offseason to improve? – Bob Cook
Cheechoo: I pretty much focused on everything. You want to improve every aspect and if you can do that, then you’ll be a little bit better overall. Obviously my speed has been mentioned in the past as a weakness, so I definitely spent a lot of time running and doing quick-feet drills.

San Jose Sharks right wing Jonathan Cheechoo (14) is congratulated by center Patrick Marleau (12) after Cheechoo scored against the Calgary Flames in the third period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey Western Conference playoff series, Thursday, April 17, 2008, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Do you think that you can have another 50+ goals season? – Steven King
Cheechoo: Sure. It’s something that could happen. It’s nice when it happens. I obviously want to score as much as I can, but at the same time, as long as the team wins, I’ll be happy with whatever number of goals I have.

What was the main thing you spent the most time doing in the offseason? – Michael Hendrickson
Cheechoo: This offseason I worked out, took a couple trips, went home and went to Eastern Europe.

After hearing about the enormous amount of food that Michael Phelps ate every day when he was training for the Olympics, it made me wonder what a typical breakfast, lunch, and dinner are like for the Sharks players? What do they eat normally, and is it any different on game day? – Leslie
Cheechoo: On a game day I have a breakfast of cereal, toast and a banana. I have pasta for lunch. Maybe a snack in the afternoon of toast with peanut butter or honey. That’s it for me.

What has been your most memorable goal? – Marianne and Dave Mehuys
Cheechoo: Probably my first goal. I was excited. The only thing bad about it was my parents didn’t get to see it. The game wasn’t televised back home. It was in Nashville and it was a game winner.

What is your favorite thing to do when you have a night off? – Bonnie Laiwa
Cheechoo: Just kick back and watch a little TV. I like Entourage. I just started watching that this year. Other than that, I don’t want too much TV. I watched the baseball playoffs and I watch a little football on Sundays if we have the day off.

There you have it. Thank you for sending in your questions and thanks to Cheechoo for taking the time to answer them.

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