Penguins Q&A: Marc-Andre Fleury

Playing in charity games and maintaining a training and skating routine fill days left idle by lockout

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The NHL lockout has wiped out training camp and early games in the 2012-13 season, but the Post-Gazette will help you catch up with the Penguins with an occasional Q&A. Today, we reach out to goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. The 27-year-old has spent the lockout in his native Montreal, where he got married this summer and now is trying to fill his time like so many other NHL players.

Question: You have played in several of the barnstorming charity games across Quebec partly organized by former Penguins forward Max Talbot. What have those games been like?

Answer: The games are not bad. We do games in different cities. It's nice we could play the games, have a routine, but you don't get the same rhythm, and it's different from when there's physical contact.

Q: What else have you been doing during the lockout?

A: During the week, some of us get together and practice. And I see my trainer. I have a little more free time on the weekend to see my family and friends. I'm starting to think about [playing in Europe].

Q: The Penguins acquired goaltender Tomas Vokoun and said they might use him in quite a few games so that you are fresh for the playoffs. You've played at least 65 games each of the past three seasons. How do you see things working between the two of you once the season gets going?

A: I talked to him once or twice this summer. We're looking forward to meeting each other, getting to Pitt, getting started. We'll just be doing what we can, playing in games. I've never really played less games. I'm used to playing a lot. If it helps to [play less], if it's good for the team, that's OK.

Q: You aren't known as a morning person. Are you getting to sleep late these days?

A: Not so much. Weekends -- Saturday and Sunday -- I can sleep in. The other days I'm in the gym in the morning and skating.

Q: It seems as if you always have a sports car. How did you come by your interest in fancy cars?

A: It's just since I was a kid, I guess. I like the looks, the noise, the speed -- but not too fast. I just like cars.

Q: What's your favorite meal?

A: I really love a big old steak and poutine [a Canadian favorite of fries with cheese curds and gravy]. I just love it. But it's not too often. I always like to go on the road and try a good steakhouse.



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