Where are some of your favorite places to go in the city when you have some downtime? I really enjoy going to the zoo, espe-

cially when my friends or family come in. I usually take them there. Just get- ting outside and getting some fresh air and seeing the polar bears and all the animals at the zoo is a great experi- ence. I like going to the Forks. Tere’s always something to do whether it’s winter or summer. Tere are also great restaurants in the city and I like to go to Hy’s, or 529 Wellington. Obviously, there may not be as many things to do as you’d maybe find in some of the big- ger cities, but for me, it and our busy schedule, having great places in the city that can help me relax is exactly what I love. Winnipeg is perfect for me.”

You’ve been at a few of the outdoor rinks, joining practices with kids and getting out in the community. How important is that for you to be around the kids and to be able to give back? It’s awesome. For me, back home, we

never had such cold winters that we could go out and skate on any outdoor rinks. Tis was the first time I’d been on an outdoor rink so I think I may have been a little more excited than the kids were. Being able to come out in the community and help out and see the kids get all excited, and the parents get all excited – you know, it’s awesome.”

Now that you’re in your third season in the NHL, how has the transition been from the first year until now? You try to appreciate it as much as

you can. I’ve played against Jaromir Jagr, so for me, that is crazy. I’m play- ing against guys like Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, guys who are un- believable. Ten to have a chance to play here in Winnipeg with guys like (Blake) Wheeler, (Mark) Scheifele, (Patrik) Laine! Every night you get to play against amazing players and people who are legends you looked up to. You do kind of get used to it, but you definitely appreciate it and it’s amazing.

What do you remember about your first time on the ice at Bell MTS Place?

14 • Winter 2018 Goaltender Craig Anderson, #41 of the Ottawa Senators, deflects the puck with his

I remember coming onto the ice and just how loud it was. I say it in almost every interview, when we come back here and play in front of our fans, the atmosphere is always great, the place is sold out every night, it means a lot to the guys and gives us a lot of energy.

Who’s your roommate on the road and who do you hang out with the most on the team? My roommate is Patrik. We spend a lot of time together on the road. We

hang out, go for dinner, play some PlayStation, anything to just keep us relaxed.

Who’s better at PlayStation? I am for sure!

Will Patrik agree with that? You know what, last year maybe not.

I will say at NHL 18, he’s a little bit better than me, but overall I’m the better player in everything else right now.

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