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Ask the Sharks: Orymeyer's Answers

by Alison High / San Jose Sharks
Jed Ortmeyer just might be a reality TV star.

The 31-year-old right wing has made cameos on the Discovery Channel’s ‘Cash Cab’ and ABC’s ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.’ And after playing in 68 televised games with the Sharks this season, he’s really racking up the TV time.

But that’s not all we uncovered about Ortmeyer in this segment of Ask the Sharks. Read below to find out how he feels about the team’s performance of late, his pulmonary embolism and R&B music.

1.What is your favorite pregame meal? –Jay

Chicken and pasta.

2.Were you really on 'Cash Cab' and 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'?
Yes. 'Cash Cab' was myself and Ryan Hollweg. It was a celebrity edition and the ladies from The View were right before us. It wasn’t random, obviously. We had our jerseys on. They came and picked us up from my apartment, but that building was a little bit too recognizable so they drove us up the street and picked us up again so fans wouldn’t know where I lived.

We won $900 or $1800, I can’t remember. The money was for charity and we doubled it at the end with a video bonus question.

Then we did another hour and a half after that where we did Rangers trivia questions with the fans. We drove around and asked the questions and the fans answered them.

For 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition', that was the live episode they did for two New York City Firefighters that had an apartment together. They had the episode running against the last episode of Friends. So whenever Friends would go to commercial, we would go live. It was myself, Jamie Lundmark and Garth Murray. We were at Hartford at the time for the playoffs --- the season was over with in New York --- so we drove up and did that.

It was a lot of fun. It was a small apartment and there were so many people in there. It was like mass chaos. We tried to help out a little bit, but we really didn’t do a whole lot. We were more in the way than anything so we just went down with the firefighters in their firehouse and hung out with them.

3.How do you feel about the team’s performance as of right now? – Logan Chapman

I think we’re one of the best teams in the League. You go through ups and downs in the season and it’s good for us to go through a little adversity right now.

4.Who do you hang out with the most on the Sharks?
Probably Staubitz and Scott Nichol. Obviously Nichol I’ve known since we were in Nashville together. I was in the hotel at the beginning of the year so I got to know McGinn, Demers, Staubitz and those guys quite a bit. So we became pretty good friends and now we live close to one another in San Jose. We hang out outside of the rink quite a bit as well.

5.What kind of music do you listen to and what is your favorite band? – Soleil Thiele
My favorite band is Dave Matthews and I listen to just about everything. Anything but R&B. I like rap, rock, hip hop and country. R&B is just something I never got into.

6.What went through your head in terms of hockey when you were diagnosed with your blood clotting disorder? – Lydia
I just remember them telling me that there was a possibility that I was done and there was a chance of never playing again. After learning more about it, I took the next couple episodes with a grain of salt. I thought about what my options were and if I could do anything to continue to play or if it was even worth it or necessary.

7.In order to play hockey, what medical precautions do you have to take because of your pulmonary embolism? – Sharon Albert
I take the blood thinner injections everyday. Then I wear compression socks and get up and move around a lot when we travel. I also try to stay hydrated because that keeps the blood flowing.

8.Where do spend your time in the offseason? – Robert Scigo
The last couple of summers I’ve gone back to Omaha. It works out pretty well having my house there and not really knowing where I’m going to be after each season. It’s kind of a home base.

There’s about four or five NHL guys that live there, a college team that’s there most of the summer and a couple of retired guys that all live there during the summer so we have a pretty good skate.

9.After being sent to the minors last year, how does it feel to end up playing for one of the top teams in the NHL this season? – Tyler R.
It’s very gratifying. It’s funny to think that I wasn’t able to play on their team last year and now I’m playing on one of the best teams this year. But that was their decision. At the time, you have to make a positive out of everything. It was probably good for me to go down, get more ice time, handle the puck more and get my confidence back. I think that helped me for training camp this year.

10.Who is your roommate on road trips? – Sven
Ryane Clowe.
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