September 26, 2012

Hangin' Out With ... Rangers center Chris Kreider

By Jesse Connolly

Here's this month's Hangin' Out, featuring Rangers forward Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass.):

What was the highlight moment of your 2012 playoff run?

"I’d have to say the two overtime wins over the Capitals, with Marian Gaborik scoring the winner in triple overtime in Game 3 down in Washington and then Marc Staal scoring in the first overtime in Game 5 back home. It was pretty crazy. Games like that you’ll always remember."

What’s the biggest difference between Jerry York and John Tortorella?

"Coach Tortorella shows his emotions and passions. Coach York’s a little bit more even-keeled. Coach Tortorella can be a bit of a yeller, and coach York’s definitely not, but both are really awesome coaches."

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

"I’ve got a lot of different passions. Maybe something with law. I took a few courses on that at BC and enjoyed that. A lot of the CBA stuff interests me. I like cars, so maybe something with cars and clean energy. Hopefully I can keep playing hockey."

What kind of car do you drive?

"I’m going to get a new car, hopefully, but right now I’m driving what my parents are driving."

Which teammate has the worst fashion sense? How come?

"You’re putting me on the spot here! Can I say myself? In New York, I definitely had the worst fashion sense. I was wearing suits with holes in them." 

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

"(Henrik) Lundqvist. Definitely him. You’ve got to put (world juniors teammate) Jack Campbell up there, too, just because of the way he competes in practice. He never quits on a puck and he’s a very good goalie. He’ll continue to improve and will eventually be an unbelievable goalie." 

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

"I had Psychology as a Natural Science in college. I thought it was going to be interesting. The way it was taught was not very interesting." 

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

“'Your Man' by Josh Turner."

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

"I’d probably be Superman. I’d want to be able to fly and run really fast."


FAVORITES

Movie: "It’s definitely got to be a sports movie. I’m going with 'Miracle.'"

TV show: "Suits," "How I Met Your Mother" or "Friends"

Band/Artist: Zac Brown Band

Road city: "I’d have to say Washington, it was a pretty nice area. It’s a college town, so I felt right at home when we were there."

NHL player growing up: "I still like Jaromir Jagr a lot. Growing up, I loved Ray Bourque."

Restaurant: "Fin’s Sushi, which is right next to Boston College."

Store: Lululemon

Person you follow on Twitter: "All my teammates!"

Sports jersey (other than your own): "I like the Celtics jersey. I like the green and white."


EITHER/OR

“The Office,” “Mad Men” or “The Walking Dead”: "I really got into 'The Walking Dead,' but I’ve got to go with 'The Office.' It’s hilarious." 

"Star Wars" or "Star Trek": "Star Wars"

Letterman, Leno or Conan: Conan

Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks or Tim Horton’s: Dunks

Day games or night games: Both


EQUIPMENT

Skates: Bauer

Gloves: Bauer

Stick: Bauer

Helmet: Bauer

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

Twitter: @JesseNEHJ
Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com