Offside with Jason Jaffray
Jason Jaffray got a taste for life in the NHL last season and this year he's back for more. The Alberta product is taking part in Canucks training camp this weekend hoping to turn some heads and land a roster spot. |
As candid and outgoing as hockey players come, Jaffray revealed 10 things to us that you might not know...
What memories do you have from your first NHL game?
It was amazing. It was in Anaheim, where I ended up getting a goal and an assist in my first game, which probably not a whole lot of people are able to say in their first NHL game. It was amazing, I don’t know much more to say about it. To experience it playing the Stanley Cup champions from the year before, I knew Scott and Rob Niedermayer pretty well and they came up and congratulated me before the game. I assisted on Mason Raymond’s first NHL goal and he assisted on my first NHL goal so it’s an experience I’ll never forget.
Just going into the dressing room in the morning and seeing the Canucks sweater, it’s a dream you’ve been thinking of for years, probably since you were six, seven, or eight years old. Being a Canadian guy playing on a Canadian team, it’s definitely a dream come true.
Meeting guys like Trevor Linden, Markus Naslund, Roberto Luongo last year and seeing how good of guys they are. You’re always nervous coming in to meet guys like that but they’re all good guys and that made it easier.
Who was your favourite player growing up?
My favourite player growing up was Mark Messier. I’m an Alberta guy and through the 80s when the Oilers were winning a lot of their Cups, he was the guy that I idolized. I haven’t had a chance to meet him. I’ve met a lot of guys that I’d like to meet but I haven’t met Mark Messier. If there’s anyone I’d like to meet, it would definitely be him.
What's the most embarrassing thing that's happened to you on ice?
I wish I had a good story like my pants falling down or something like that but I’ve been pretty good so far as far that’s concerned. At one of my first All-Star games, my shell fell right down my pants and it was right down by my ankles but other than that, nothing really.
If you were NHL commissioner for a day, what would you do?
I would stop making rule changes to the game. I’ve always liked the game the way it was back in the olden days. There’s nothing more I would really do – it’s something that I would stop doing. I might go around and get autographs of some of the top guys in the league. I’m one of those hockey players, who doesn’t mind asking for autographs from other hockey players. Not a lot of guys would admit it but I’m one of those. When I first met Luongo, I told him I was getting a signature for my family but it was actually for me.
If you could choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be?
Just one person? It’s tough to say... I’d have to say my brother. I had a brother that passed away when I was a lot younger and it was a freak accident so to have a chance to say a couple of last things to him would be great.
Your best category in Jeopardy would be...
None of the above. I’ve watched the show a lot but I would usually only get two answers in the whole game.
What's a sporting event you wish you were there for...
A sporting event? There are just way too many to pick out one. I’d have to think about that one for a while.
What was the best part of this year’s Olympics?
I’d have to say the Michael Phelps story. For someone to go and win eight gold medals the way that he did.
It was just amazing following his progress throughout with all the critics saying that there was no chance he was going to win eight. For him to prove them all wrong is incredible.
People say you look like...
I haven’t got too many comparisons with anybody.
It bugs me when your parents...
Try to tell me what I’m doing wrong out on the ice. (They’re going to kill me for saying that). When I’m having a tough time, they’re coaches.