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January 18, 2013 | 5:27pm ET

WITH MARC STAAL New York Rangers

With the 2013 NHL regular-season about to begin, New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal took a few minutes with Patrick Kearns to answer our the TFP 10 QUESTIONS.


 
Who is your dream defensive partner who is no longer playing in the league?
I'll say, Bobby Orr.


What is the best prank you have ever seen pulled on yourself or a teammate?
In junior, a lot of guys would put clear tape on the blades on the bottom of your skates. So you'd jump on the ice and fall right on your face.

What is your favorite road city to play in?
I like Montreal, although we haven't had a great amount of success there lately. I really like the building.

What is your weirdest pre-game ritual?
I've had the same routine since I was 16. Probably the weirdest thing is I have to put the right side of my gear on first. Right skate, right elbow pad... If I don't I get all messed up.

What is a personal goal you have set for yourself this year?
Obviously, in a 48-game schedule it's tough to have a specific goal because you can't really compare it to anything, so I think for me it's just consistency every game.

If somebody gives you a discount at a store for being a member of the New York Rangers, do you immediately offer to pay full price or just quietly thank them?
If it does happen, I always ask, "Are you sure?" But you know if they are offering I'll take it, if they are telling me not to (pay full price).

If you see a fight break out on the street, would you: call for help, film it with your phone, try to break it up, or walk away?
I think it would depend on the circumstances... I definitely wouldn't film it! I think you should try to get help for the person getting beaten up.

What's the best goal-celebration you have ever seen?
I gotta go with Bobby Orr sailing through the air with his arms in the air.

What regular-season trophy would you most like to win?
The Norris Trophy.

Who is the strongest guy on the New York Rangers; the one guy you really wouldn't want to mess with?
Mike Rupp, he is a big man.

 

 

 

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