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Pavelski's Answers

by Alison High / San Jose Sharks

1.What are you most looking forward to at the Olympics? – Maddie
I think --- from what I hear --- there’s so much more than you can even imagine. I’ve never been to an Olympics, so it’s going to be really exciting just to see the crowds. I’m looking forward to seeing the other teammates and the other sports that represent the USA and all the other countries. During the Olympics, you’re part of a team, but you’re really representing so much more than that.

2.How hard is it going to be for you when you play against your own teammates in the Olympics? – Carly

It’s hard to say. I don’t think it will be because when the puck drops we’re still playing. They’re going to play hard and that’s what you expect. It’s going to be fun to play against them, they might get a little smile or something, but that’s it.

3.What is your best memory this year as a Shark? – Mayra

It’s been a fun year. Well, I broke my foot so I was out of lot. So coming back to the team and getting back into the action was pretty fun. But, this year as a Shark? It’s more of the day-to-day stuff and getting to be on such a good team. Everybody is so excited to come to the rink everyday and play. But my favorite thing is probably playing home games in front of our crowd. They’re great. It’s always a lot of fun when you come back from the road and you get back in your home rink. It’s pretty fun.

4.What teammate are you closest to and why? – The Goodwins
I think Torrey Mitchell and Seto. We sit together in the corner of the locker room and I think I’ve always been closer to them.

5.What’s the best prank that you played or that you had played on you? – Mike
(Laughs) I don’t know. There were a lot of good gifts at the Christmas Party.

6.Do you feel you do better in a breakaway or in a penalty shot situation? – Ben
I think a breakaway situation. A penalty shot is hard because you feel like you should score all the time, but it doesn’t happen that way. Shootout situations are a little different because they clean the ice so I think that and I feel confident in that aspect. But in a breakaway situation --- depending on where you’re coming from --- the goalie is reacting differently and sometimes you’re off balance, but really you have somewhat control of it. But the goalie can be off balance a little more. So I prefer a breakaway in a game. A lot of the time you make better moves on the breakaway because it’s spur of the moment and you don’t have time to think about it. You don’t have to think about what you should do.

7.What’s your favorite place to travel? – Soleil
I like going to Minneapolis and St. Paul. It’s fun going back there and I have some family in town. I also like going to Vancouver. It’s a good town to go walk around in. And Chicago is a great city too.

8.Do you still like to go duck/good hunting and have you been out this year? – Brandon
Yea. I love it. I got out dove hunting and I got to go duck hunting a few times. It’s great. Anytime I can get out or get a few days off, I try to get out and it clears the mind. It’s pretty fun to get out there and do something you love.

9.Your ‘lousy’ commercial was hysterical. Would you ever consider acting in a TV show? If so, which one? – Maaheem
I guess it might have been one of the best ones because it didn’t have any words. All I had to do was eat and maybe say a line with a mouthful. They did a good job setting it up and it was fun. All the guys’ commercials were pretty funny. But acting? I don’t think I could do acting. I think there’s a lot more to it. If I could, I would go on LOST.

10.What is your favorite sport besides hockey? – Aman
Golf. I love to play golf. I grew up playing golf and played in high school. And this is a great area for golf. There are so many great golf courses.
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