Shanny up close


Well, not really.

But I figured you might be interested in this 60-second Q-and-A I did with Brendan Shanahan earlier this week. We’ve done this in the Sunday sports section of The Journal News for several years now, and it’s always been a good way to learn something more about a subject beyond the usual, what-happened-on-that-goal type questions.

My predecessor, Andrew Gross, also did a number of these with Rangers in his time on the beat, so I’ll probably end up doing them with most of the new players this year.

Anyway, here it is. Keep in mind, it’s only supposed to be a 60 seconds, but Shanahan took so long thinking about his answers, it was actually closer to two minutes.

60 Seconds with Brendan Shanahan

Q: You won three Stanley Cups in Detroit and now you play in New York. Who are (were) you rooting for in the Tigers-Yankees series?


A: I guess I have to cut the cord. I’ve never been to a Yankees game and probably in all the years in Detroit I went to two baseball games. It’s kind of a rule in Detroit to root for the Tigers because our owner owned booth. But again, I think it’s time to cut the cord.

Q: Do you have a favorite New York restaurant since you’ve been here?

A: I don’t know. It’s tough to pick one. But I love a good steak. A couple of times I’ve been to BLT Steak. Great steakhouse.

Q: What was the last good movie you saw?

A: Wow. It’s been a while. The last good movie I saw was “Cars� with the kids. That was actually really good. But I don’t think I’ve been to an adult movie in a couple of years.

Q: OK, last one. You were an 18-year-old rookie playing for the Devils, and now you are 37 playing for the Rangers. What’s the biggest difference in how you spend your time?

A: I can’t even remember what I used to do. Actually back then I used to live with a host family and now I live with my family.

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  1. Good stuff man, keep up the good work! With this host family thing, how do you sign up for being one?? Wouldn’t it be great to be a host family for Lundqvist or Prucha or Dawes? who would refuse that?

  2. Sam,

    Since we’re talking about Shanahan, who has been part of the power play “woes”. I have one question:

    Do you know who draws up the PP plan for the team? Is it Renney, Pelino and Pearn or is it Jagr & co. themselves?

    In Toronto for instance Mats Sundin becomes the “coach” when it’s time to practice the PP…

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