Q: What's it like to play in the NHL past Canada's Victoria Day and going into the similar Memorial Day weekend in the States?
A: It's fun. It's always a good sign when you're playing hockey and it's nice outside. It's a fun time of the year to be playing.
Q: When did you first realize how important it was for forwards to come back and help defensively, and what convinced you to buy into backchecking so well?
A: I've been lucky to have coaches --in junior, all the way up -- who didn't allow for guys just to be one-way. They stressed how important it was to be two-way. I've been fortunate enough to have that, especially when I got to the NHL, and especially with coach [Michel] Therrien. He's a guy who's really stressed that to everyone since Day One. You want to make sure you're responsible out there, and I think you owe it to your teammates to be responsible out there.
Q: You've played one NHL game in Detroit, getting an assist in a 3-1 loss Dec. 12, 2005, your rookie season. Do you have any impressions of the city or Joe Louis Arena?
A: I didn't really see the city because it was part of back-to-back games. I've seen it on TV, with Detroit having a lot of runs in the playoffs. It's obviously a hockey city. It should be a good atmosphere.
Q: Outside of sports and movies, what's your favorite television show these days?
A I watch "The Office." It's pretty good. I don't watch a lot of TV shows. It's hard to get into them because we're always playing different nights. A lot of guys get the DVD sets of shows.
Q: A lot of players wear chains around their necks. You wear a gold one with a small "87" pendant. What's the significance of yours?
A: I got this when I graduated from high school from my parents. I always have it on.