Just hours before the trade deadline, Sharks GM Doug Wilson acquired 14-year NHL veteran Bill Guerin from the St. Louis Blues. Guerin, who has played for five teams throughout his career, was leading the Blues in points (47), goals (28), power play goals (7), game winning goals (6) and shots (189) at the time of the trade.
Rink Report recently sat down with Guerin to ask him a few questions.
How do you like the city of San Jose so far?
BG: I like it a lot. I haven’t actually been in San Jose too long, but it’s definitely a beautiful area, beautiful part of the country and I’m enjoying being a Shark!
RR: What do you remember about coming to HP Pavilion as an opposing player? How does it feel now to be here as a Shark?
BG: Just the atmosphere in the building and the fans. It’s a full house every night. It’s a fun atmosphere to play in.
RR: How did you feel after your first practice with the team?
BG: Not bad. First practice and first games are always a little bit nerve-wracking, but not bad.
RR: What’s something unique that you bring to the team that they were maybe missing before?
BG: I don’t think the team was lacking anything, I just think that I bring more experience.
RR: How have you had to adjust your game to fit in with San Jose? How difficult is it to be switching from RW to LW?
BG: I just try to fit in to their system. I don’t really try to adjust my game; I just play my own game within our system.
RR: What are some of the differences between playing for Ron Wilson with the Sharks as opposed to playing for Ron in the 1998 Olympics and 1996 and 2004 World Cup of Hockey?
BG: Not much. He hasn’t changed over the years. In the short tournaments there’s just a lot of work to be done in a short amount of time and this is just a little more everyday-ish.
RR: Other than winning the Stanley Cup with New Jersey in 1995, what’s your most memorable NHL moment?
BG: My first playoff series against the New York Rangers. It was my first one and it was just more emotional. The playoffs are just so much faster then the regular season.
RR: Who’s your roommate on the road?
BG: I don’t have a roommate. I’ve played over 600 games in 10 years so I could get my own room. It’s nice.
RR: Do you have any game-day routines or superstitions? What are they?
BG: I have a routine that are kind of guidelines, but I don’t have any superstitions. There are too many other important things to think about then keeping a superstition. Basically my routine is stuff like what time I start getting ready, what time I get to the rink, just stuff like that. If it’s not at that specific time it doesn’t matter, it’s within boundaries.
RR: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
BG: I think I’ll still be involved in the game of hockey, in some capacity. I’m not sure if it’s coaching or what, but involved in the game of hockey somehow.
RR: What kinds of things do you like to do off the ice?
BG: I like to spend a lot of time with my kids and try to get involved in their activities as much as I can.