When my dad was playing in Winnipeg in '72-I was about 8 years old-he took me to my first outdoor rink in the winter. My feet were so cold, and then it gets even more excruciating once they start to thaw. It was the most excruciating pain I've ever had.
There's no one more competitive, ... He's the ultimate champion and competitor. He's going to have to really fight that when things don't go as great as he wants them to. I think it's going to help us players to have that. He's not going to settle for people going through the motions or not executing.
I've committed myself to be this type of player. Bitch and moan as I may, I've committed myself to it, and I'm going to stay committed to it until I'm done, because they gave me a chance to win the ultimate goal. I'll never forget them for that.
I think the biggest thing for me is being able to adjust to the way the game has changed. It's basically a 180-degree turn from the style I like to play. That's what I think I'm most proud of, being able to fit into this style of game and still be fairly successful.
I genuinely was aware of what was happening and enjoyed looking at the people I won it with and how they enjoyed it. Before, I was just so excited that I won it that I didn't get to really enjoy the experience.
If you have an active mind, it always helps. You know, people who don't do crosswords, their minds fall asleep. That's why I do them-my mind is always working. One day my brain is going to explode through the top of my head.
My teeth have never been touched. Why did I tell you that? Knock on wood. I've got a few scars over the eyes, a couple on the chin, a few on the beak and one across the cheek. But my luck is running out.
It's the same reason I've been known to be hard on players. But it's only because I want them to be better and be the best they can be. At times, I just don't think they try to do that, and it's the same with the league. Sometimes I don't think the league is trying to make itself better.