Twitter Chat Transcript: John Tavares

John Tavares

On Monday, August 17th, New York Islanders forward, CCM Hockey athlete and perennial All-Star John Tavares took over the Pure Hockey Twitter feed and spent 30 minutes interacting with fans and answering questions. Here’s the transcript:

John Tavares: Hello everyone! John Tavares here, I’m looking forward to your questions – ask away!

@SunnyS81: who was your favorite player growing up?
John Tavares: Mike Modano, Steve Yzerman, Joe Sakic, Mario Lemieux, Mats Sundin. Modano for his speed, Yzerman his character and willing to do anything asked of him. Sakic – tremendous shot!

@hockeyvick: what do you think you would be doing if you weren’t playing hockey?
John Tavares: probably trying to be a lacrosse player! Always dreamed of both hockey and lacrosse. If not that, than maybe a teacher.

@shmalix: favorite song to listen to before hitting the ice?
John Tavares: dance or house music. favorite song changes – right now it’s Secrets by Tiesto

@swaggyb4895: What is the one part of your game you think you still need to improve on?
John Tavares: always trying to find the next level with my skating. Focus on it every summer because it’s so important in today’s game.

@4OrrEverALegend: what drills do you do to work on your shot release?
John Tavares: mostly try to work on my release while skating in stride or moving my feet.

@Islanders108: What was your most memorable moment in you hockey career ?
John Tavares: most memorable moment was probably our Game 6 win this year, last game at the Nassau Coliseum. favorite game was probably my Game 3 OT winner this year – emotion like I’ve never experienced before!

@zegrass23: Who is the toughest defensemen you’ve played against?
John Tavares: I think the toughest player for me to play against is Duncan Keith. His skating ability allows him to recover so well, when you think you have him beat, he is able to get back in the play

@PensArmy: Hardest player to play against (a forward)?
John Tavares: forward would be Toews or Backstrom. Both really great two way players, they compete so well and think the game at high level.

@DayZ489: what do you think of the new 3-on-3 OT rule?
John Tavares: I’ll know more when we get there but I think it’ll be some great hockey! Great players with a lot of space to work! can’t wait to see more games end in OT!

@maiasperling: what teams stadium is most intimidating to play in and why?
John Tavares: Hardest place to play is LA – the style team they are, they make you earn everything and they are very good at home.

@justincarp55: who would you say is your closest friend in the NHL outside of the guys on the team?
John Tavares: Matt Moulson is probably my closest non-NYI friend. It’s a little strange seeing him on the ice with another team.

@JMisercolaDBSF: Who’s a better lacrosse player, your uncle JT, or Matt Moulson?
John Tavares: my uncle by a mile!!

@Spencer___21: what is your favourite thing about CCM
John Tavares: I would say the gear and the way I am treated by the company.

@charlie_bee11: who do you find yourself rooting for in the AL East race between the Jays and the Yankees
John Tavares: definitely excited about the Blue Jays – always been a Blue Jays fan!

@kellyohara_: funniest moment from rooming with @strome18
John Tavares: not one moment in particular, but he really knows how to keep things light. Good compliment to me – more serious. We’ve become good friends.

@LilDemoo96: what’s your favorite line from CCM? And any thoughts on the new stick?
John Tavares: I really like the new Ribcor – similar dark graphic, too.

@DADvelzacha:  if you’re in a slump, do you change anything to break the bad mojo? New stick or skates?
John Tavares: not a whole lot. Just try to focus on the area that I’m not finding sharp. Focus in practice or on film. I try not to change the routine too often.

@Baechuk_: any advice for a young hockey player?
John Tavares: love the game, play as many sports as you can. Helps to become a better overall athlete. Also important to have a break.

John Tavares: Thanks everyone, enjoyed answering questions! – JT

Want to wear what Tavares wears? Good player to model your game after! John wears the CCM Resistance helmet, uses a Ribcor stick and wears Ribcor 50K skates.

Boston University Club Hockey Coach Interview – Greg Carr

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I called up Greg Carr, current coach of the Boston University ACHA Club hockey team – who I happened to have played for when I was a BU student – to get us a coach’s perspective. Since I was his favorite player ever – he didn’t expressly say that, but I read between the lines – he was glad to help out.


Interview with Mike Payne: CHL Journeyman & Enforcer

mike-payne-chlWhile it’s tough to argue one’s opinion that hockey players are the best athletes in the world, it’s virtually impossible to deny the fact that as athletes, they are the realest of the people out there. From early days of waking up bright and early for a morning skate before school, to the full-time blue collar worker playing nights and weekends, hoping to get his shot at the next level.

There’s no better person to tell this story than journeyman Mike “House of” Payne. A kid who grew to love the game of hockey so much, he knew he wanted to play everyday of the week–as a kid, throughout high school and college, and long after, Mike was willing to do whatever it took to get there. A full-time, blue collar worker who pulled long days and exhausting overtime shifts while playing nights and weekends, Mike’s determination and love for the game exemplifies the true hockey player to the bone.

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Interview With Coach Chic: Level 5 Coach Dennis Chighisola

Prep Coaches on Bench - DAC

I first met Dennis Chighisola (Coach Chic) several years ago thanks to social media hockey circles. After a few conversations, it quickly became apparent that Coach Chic was the real deal. His intelligence of the game, passion for teaching, and enthusiasm in helping youth hockey players hone their skills is well documented in his numerous blog posts and instructional videos and columns.

Coach Chic taught many former and current NHL players and hundreds of top collegiate athletes. A New England native, Coach Chic now resides in the Sunshine State, and we were recently able to chat with him about hockey and coaching.