Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Interview: David Rutherford

David Rutherford (@rutherford91) was kind enough to sit down for a quick chat after Tuesday's practice. You can follow him on twitter @Rutherford91 (he's looking to hit 5,000 and he's great about responding).

Without further ado: David Rutherford on....

David Rutherford home town: Ladner, BC.
Learning how to skate
"I would have to say my father. I was lucky enough growing up, we, on our property have an ice arena that's blue line in. So I was very fortunate during the young years to play hockey whenever I wanted. I mean in our backyard we had a blue line ice arena. Not many kids have an ice arena in their house but that's why they always say I was pretty good from the blue line in. Maybe not so much in the d-zone but for the most part that's where it started."

RT @Rutherford91My
 bulldog looks bored to hell #BobbyTheBulldog

Man's best friend
"I have an English bulldog, Bobby the bulldog. He's overly fat. He'd have diabetes if he was a human for sure. But no, he's pretty beastly. Right now he's back in Vancouver because at the beginning of the year I wasn't sure if I was going to be in Portland in the American Hockey League or here. So when we found out I was going to be here we tired to fly him down, but over the summer three or four bulldogs died in transfer because they struggled breathing and when they had to do the lay overs I guess on the tarmac was too hot... So I think that if I end up back here next year we'll have to drive him down which will be a fun drive for him."

First pro goal

"I do. I do. Weirdly enough it was in Gwinnett when I was playing with the Charlotte Checkers. I remember it was a big relief putting it in. I actually forgot to celebrate because I didn't really know what to do. And celebrating is like my favorite part of hockey. So it was a big moment at the time but I've been lucky enough to have a few more since then."

"yeah everyone keeps asking about that, that's a big thing going on right now. It's on out playoff shirts too. It's kind of almost funny. We have alot of French guys on our team, so the French guys always have accents so with it being "Everblade" we're always say "h-ever" like a French guy. It's a thing to do with the French people and I don't know it's just kind of stuck and it's been good luck."

Having a winning spirit
"yeah I've been fortunate enough to be on some good teams. I've won five championships which isn't too bad for a junior career and I was lucky enough to be in my first pro championship last year. So it's uh, I don't know if it's ... As a kid I hated losing. Period and I think that's translated to everything between hockey to monopoly to anything. I can't even play wii bowling with my girlfriend because I get too physical. So it's not a good thing in a sense but it is who I am. And people want winners so hopefully it keeps going especially here in this playoff run. "

Personal goal song
"This is the first year I haven't actually. It's quite funny you said that. For the last two years I had "Magic Stick" a little bit of an old school song. So everytime I scored they'd play "I got the magic stick" so it's stuck with me and it's been good luck. If I could go back I'd definitely put that in there."

Best playoff beard
"other than myself- I would have to say.. Well Wahzee's (Mathieu Roy pronounced Wah) had a beard all year so it doesn't really count. I'd say Becs (Matt Beca) is up there for sure. He can grow a good beard but I'd have to go me or Becs for sure because we shaved during the year quite a bit so I don't even think the guys know I could grow facial hair."

Worst playoff beard
"Ohhh Kevin Quick (no hesitation) for sure.  It's weird his comes into like, a goatee. He can't even grow it on the sides.. It's embarrassing. It's kind of funny we chirp him about it everyday."

Giant hamster or tiny rhino?
"tiny rhino for sure. Yeah I don't know it's just hamsters.... Rhinos are mean and angry. They'll go through anything. But I don't... if I was anything I'd stick as the honey badger."

Big thanks to David for answering my silly questions. If you have your own questions for him feel free to ask via twitter!

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