As we march through the offseason, here's another NHL player interview for you. Pascal Dupuis is currently a forward for the Pittsburgh Penguins and rides shotgun alongside none other than Sidney Crosby (when Crosby is healthy). Born in 1979 up in Laval, Quebec, Dupuis is another one of those feel good stories you run across with certain NHL players - he went undrafted, but ended up being signed by the Minnesota WIld and played his first NHL game with the Wild during the 2000-2001 season.
Minnesota's talent evaluators couldn't have been happier when he notched 20 goals and 28 assists in his second full season in Minnesota. Dupuis then went on to play for the New York Rangers briefly, the Atlanta Thrashers and then, during the 2007-2008 season, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, where his game has flourished and he won a Cup in 2008-2009. This past season (11-12) was his personal best, with 25 goals and 34 assists.
We asked Pascal these five questions.....hope you enjoy them!
1. What is one thing that the general public would never guess about you?
That I used to be a defenseman until midget AAA!
2. Being a gear store, we are well aware that all athletes are different with how they choose their gear - which piece of equipment are you the pickiest about?
Definitely my skates. My summer house up here in Quebec is close to Bauer factory, so I make a couple trips every summer to make sure my skates are all dialed up for the season!
3. Tell us what has changed the most for you regarding hockey equipment since you were a kid?
Sticks for sure! When I broke into the NHL, I was playing with a wood stick! The good ol' Sherwood PMP was my go to stick back then!
4. During the offseason, are you given a very specific workout program by the team, or is it just basic guidance and it's up to you to structure the specifics?
I have been working out with the same strength coach for the past 17 years, his name is Stephane Dube and I always use specific training put in place by him. (ed. note: more on Dube here).
5. Up to now, what is your most memorable goal that you've scored as a player?
I would have to say my double overtime goal against Ottawa in game 6 last year, we were up 3-2 in that series and that goal I scored won the series for us!
Pure Hockey note: here's the goal:
Thanks to Pascal Dupuis for taking to time to have a quick chat with us! Stay tuned as we interview more professional hockey players during the offseason.