FROM YEARBOOK AND ALL CREDITS TO MONTREAL CANADIENS.
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#45 Mark Barberio
Q: What was the inspiration for your “Stache”?
MB:(laughs) I’ve always been a big fan of Mario and Luigi in the Super Mario games. They always had great moustaches. I thought I would pay tribute to them with my “stache”.
#28 Nathan Beaulieu
Q: Growing up, how many people actually pronounced your last name properly?
NB:(laughs) Not many! It’s not that easy. It’s a little bit my fault, though, because since I grew up in Ontario, I always Anglicized it.
#41 Paul Byron
Q: How’d you get so fast?
PB: I don’t know. I started skating when I was three and I was always fast. When I moved from Junior B to Major Junior, I also started training on artificial ice where I had to pull my coach, who weighed 230 pounds, while I weighted 130. That probably helped me get faster, and I always work really hard in the summer to build up my power.
#43 Daniel Carr
Q: Do you have a favorite Disney movie?
DC: I don’t know if this is a Disney movie, but I’d have to say the first shrek. That one was really good.
#24 Phillip Danault
Q: If you had a chance to bring back any former Canadiens player, who would it be?
PD: Saku Koivu, because he was a great leader and I had a chance to see him often growing up I was more of a kid who played hockey instead of watching it, but i’d pick him.
#51 David Desharnais
Q: What’s your best memory with the team?
DD: Probably when we went to the Eastern Conference finals[in 2014], after we beat Boston in Game 7 in their building. Personally, my first game and my first goal are both things I’ll never forget, but with the team on the whole, what we accomplished that year was special.
#74 Alexei Emelin
Q: Who is the hardest player to knock off their feet?
AE: On our team, I’d say Chucky[Alex Galchenyuk] or Radu[Alex Radulov]. In the League, it’s either Connor McDavid or Alex Ovechkin.
#32 Brian Flynn
Q: Who was your favorite NHL player growing up?
BF: When I was a kid, it was Peter Forsberg. I loved the Avalance. They were an exciting team, and then they made the deal to bring in Ray Bourque from Boston and won the Cup. Forsberg scored a lot of big goals. I even started wearing 21 because of him.
#27 Alex Galchenyuk
Q: Who on the team would be the class down and who would be the A+ student?
AG: No question. Andrew Shaw would for sure be the class down. For the best student, I’d probably say Jeff Petry because he went to university and is a smart guy.
#11 Brendan Gallagher
Q: Who is your favorite player to go up against?
BG: I’m always excited to go up against Zdeno Chara, just because throughout my entire life, people always said I was too small. For me, there’s no bigger challenge than going up against the biggest guy in the League.
#62 Artturi Lehkonen
Q: Since you joined the team, which guy had made the biggest impact on you both personally and as a player?
AL: It’s tough to pick just one guy because we have such a good group here. Everything really is about teamwork.
#79 Andrei Markov
Q: What motivated you to become a hockey player?
AM: My parents. They didn’t want me to waste my time after school.
#17 Torrey Mitchell
Q: Before a faceoff, you look so focused. What are you thinking about?
TM: I’m just thinking about being aggressive for a good five to 10 seconds. Just being as aggressive as possible.
#35 Al Montoya
Q: How is your relationship with Brendan Gallagher since you punched him two years ago?
AM: Oh, that’s a great question! On my first day here, Patch[Max Pacioretty] actually brought it up. He walked into the room and said, “ Have you and Gally talked about the time you hit him in Winnipeg?” We all just started cracking up. It was nothing. I was excited to be playing against a team like this and he was just doing his job. He’s kind of player you hate playing against, but you love to have on your team. I have so much respect for him.
#26 Jeff Petry
Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
JP: During the season, I pretty much just spend my free time at home with my son, Boyd. In the summer, I like to be outside, or I’ll go shooting or fishing.
#14 Tomas Plekanec
Q: How was playing professional hockey changed your life for the better?
TP: It was a dream come true. I’ve always dreamed about becoming a professional athlete, especially as a hockey player, and I worked really hard to get here. You have a chance to wake up, go to practice, and then have the day to spend with your family. We know we’re very privileged to have this opportunity.
#31 Carey Price
Q: Which NHL player gives you the most trouble or is the most difficult to stop?
CP: I would probably say Ovi[Alex Ovichkin] because he always seems to find an opening and he as a great shot.
#47 Alexander Radulov
Q: Who has the weirdest ritual or superstition on the team?
AR: Definitely Mitchy[Torrey Mitchell]. He makes all of us tap our helmets together in the hall before we go on the ice.
Q: What’s your favorite road city?
ZR: During the year, you run into a lot of cold weather. That’s why a lot of the guys and I enjoy the California and Florida trips. It’s good to have a little break and enjoy the sun a little bit, not that we’re out in the sun a whole lot when we’re there. It’s always nice to break it ip mid-season.
#65 Andrew Shaw
Q: When you were traded to Montreal, what were you most excited about?
AS: I was really pumped about making new friends and meeting new people and forming relationships on and off the ice. And just the idea of pulling on this jersey with all the history that comes with it. I was just excited to take part in everything here.
#6 Shea Weber
Q: Do Carey Price and Al Montoya let you take full clappers in practice?
SW: I’m sure they would, but I never feel the need to take huge slapshots, just in case I get someone in a bad place. There’s no reason to hurt your own goalie. The best time to fire off some of those is when there’s no goalie in the net.
#8 Greg Pateryn
Q: What motivates you to improve yourself every day?
GP: What you need to do not just every year, but every single day, is getting better. I think you have to take pride in knowing you’re helping your teammates and that they can count on you. But they also expect you to get better. If you don’t, you’re not just letting yourself down, you’re letting the team down. That’s what motivates me. That and also knowing that there’s always someone fighting to take your place and that you could end up out of a job.