May 14, 2012

Hangin' Out With ... Ducks center Nick Bonino

By Jesse Connolly

What other sports did you play as a kid?

“Pretty much everything: baseball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer and tennis.” 

Who’s the toughest goalie you’ve ever faced?

“Cam Ward.”

Who’s the fastest player you’ve ever gone up against?

“(Islanders forward) Michael Grabner.”

If you could vacation anywhere, where would you go?

“Probably Italy.”

If your luggage was lost, what would you miss the most?

“My laptop.”

If hockey ceased to exist, what line of work would you get into?

“I’d try to play golf.”

What kind of car do you drive?

“I have a Jaguar.”

Do you have any superstitions?

“I just like to play soccer before the game and start getting ready when there’s about 30 minutes on the clock.”

What was the worst course you had to take in school?


If forced to do karaoke, what song would you pick?

“‘World’s Greatest’ by R. Kelly.”

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?

“Chuck Bass (from ‘Gossip Girl’).”

What’s your favorite jersey in all of sports (other than your own)?

“A Metta World Peace jersey (Lakers).”


Movie: “Caddyshack”

TV show: “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

Band/artist: “I’m a Top 40 guy, so whatever is on the radio.”

Book: “The Wheel of Time” series

Magazine: Men’s Journal

Road city: Washington D.C.

NHL player growing up: Brendan Shanahan

Restaurant: “There’s a place back home called Ginza. Great sushi.”



Pizza or Chinese food: Pizza

“The Office” or “Mad Men”: “The Office”

Pepsi or Coke: Coke

“Star Wars” or “Star Trek”: “Star Wars”

Letterman, Leno or Conan: Conan

Day games or night games: Night

Red Sox or Yankees: Red Sox


Skates: Bauer

Gloves: Reebok

Stick: Reebok

Helmet: Reebok

This article originally appeared in the May 2012 issue of New England Hockey Journal.

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