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Chris Stewart Answers Your Questions

Rookie Discusses His Greatest Achievement and Adjusting to the NHL

Monday, 03.30.2009 / 1:36 PM / Features
By ColoradoAvalanche.com - Official Site of the Colorado Avalanche


In this ColoradoAvalanche.com exclusive, rookie forward Chris Stewart fields fan questions ranging from his proudest moment to how Colorado's veteran players have helped him adjust to the NHL level.

I have a brother of my own and I was just wondering if you like playing on different teams or if sometime down the road you would like to play on the same team?
Clifford from Lisbon, N.Y.

(Editor’s Note: Chris’ brother, Anthony, is a forward for the Florida Panthers)
“It would be nice to play together. We actually did play together during his last year (my first year) of juniors in Kingston. Who knows how things will happen down the road, but hopefully we’ll have the chance to play on the same team.”

You’re doing great this season. Keep it up. I was wondering how the veterans on the team are helping out the young guys, and also if there is anything that the young guys are helping the veterans with?  Thanks!
David from South Bend, Ind.

“The veterans help you out with little things. They give you tips on and off the ice. They communicate well and really look out for you on the ice. I’m not too sure about the rookies helping out the veterans. They pretty much know what they’re doing.”

How do you prepare for a hockey game? Do you have any routines that you do on game day?
Trevor from Kahnawak, Quebec

“I usually eat the same lunch on game day at the same time and then get in a two hour nap. I also listen to the same songs on my iPod. Nothing specific or special, I just put it on shuffle mode.”

Chris, you have been with the Colorado Avalanche for a while now and I want to know who is your favorite player to play with?
Dane from Calgary, Alberta

“Wow. Tough question. I’d say Marek Svatos. He’s just so fast and so skilled that you get a lot of opportunities when you play with him.”

Hi Chris! I’m a huge fan and was wondering what it felt like to make the club for the first time? Was it your greatest feeling of accomplishment? If not, then what is?
Paul from Waterdown, Ontario

“I’d say besides scoring my first goal, being called up was definitely my greatest accomplishment. It was a great feeling. It was about 10:00 p.m. Cleveland time when they told me I was playing the next day. I knew I was going to be on an 8:00 a.m. flight and I couldn’t get any sleep that night because I was so excited.”

I am a big fan of the Lake Erie Monsters and the Colorado Avalanche. What has been the most difficult thing switching from the AHL to the NHL?
Shannon from Cleveland, Ohio

“It has to be the speed of the game and the consistency of shifts. Here in the NHL, you have to bring it, shift in and shift out. If anything, it’s more physical down in the American Hockey League. There are a lot of guys down there trying to make a name for themselves.”

How often do you talk to the players in Lake Erie, and what do you talk about?
Kevin from Cleveland, Ohio

“Thanks for sending in a question, Kevin. I keep in touch with most of the guys down there, especially Philippe Dupuis. He was my roommate down there, so we probably talk three or four times a week. We keep up to date on hockey, both what’s going on down there and up here, and also talk about our families. Just normal stuff that friends would talk about.”
 
Hey Chris! Did you play any other sports when you were younger? And did you ever consider pursuing a professional career in any of them?
Leah from Lansing, Mich.

“I played football all throughout high school. I don’t know if I ever considered a professional career, but I definitely considered trying to get a scholarship for football. Canadian football is a little bit different, but I did get a few letters from American schools.”
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