Q: David, do you have one specific player from the league that you look forward to playing with and why? p.s. love the heart and grit you play with. you are a BEAST!! - Jerry, age 22
A: Jerry – I look forward to playing with Ryan Callahan on Team USA in the Olympics. He has determination and desire enough for a whole team.
Q:Which team was your favorite growing up? - Kahla, age 14
A: Kahla – I grew up in MN and for most of my childhood we didn't have an NHL team, so I watched college hockey. But in high school the Wild came to town and I was a big fan!
Q: This really isn't a question, but i just wanted to say i admire the way you play the game. Physical, the way it should be played. I don't play Hockey myself, but i do play Football and i enjoy seeing a few good collisions during a game. Keep it up man! - Joe, age 17
A: Joe – Thanks for the kind word. I try to play every shift as hard as possible!
Q: What was your first reaction when you first got drafted into the NHL? - CJ, age 16
A: CJ – My first reaction to being drafted was relief, as I had sat through 61 other picks and it was finally my turn. After I settled down I was elated to be drafted into the NHL!
Q: Do you have a favorite teammate? - Matt, age 13
A: Matt – I like all of my teammates equally, that is like asking a mom to pick which kid she likes better.
Q: What got you involved with helping the abandoned animals find good home? You are a big inspiration to me by helping the animals. Thank you. - Kat, age 14
A: Kat – I saw the need for someone to give animals a voice. I have been given a great platform to do this and it is extremely rewarding.
Q: What would be your advice for being successful as a player at a high school level? - Noah, age 17
A: Noah – My advice would be to have fun and work hard. Train hard and you will have no regrets in your career.
Q: Who is the most difficult player to play against (besides you) in the NHL? - Chris, age 21
A: Chris – The most difficult player to play against is Pavel Datsyuk, his skill level and determination are a rare combination.
Past questions and answers:
Q: Hey David. You you have any pre-game techniques or rituals you do before games to get you ready? - Joe, age 14
A: Joe – My pre-game rituals are pretty simple, as I try not to get sucked into the beliefs that what I do as rituals determines how the game goes. I like to relax and think the game through, I used to play soccer, but I found that my competitive blood would get boiling too early and it caused me to be overly aggressive on the ice.
Q: How did you decide on number 42 for your jersey? Is there any significance behind that number? Thanks! - Greg, age 36
A: Greg – The number 42 is the one that was given to me during my first training camp and I was just happy to have any number. I was asked if I wanted to change at one point but by then my mother would have killed me as most of the family had jerseys already. Since then I have come up with some good, although not true, reasons for having 42. My initials, for example, are DB, D is the 4th letter of the alphabet and B is the 2nd. There are a few others, but I won’t bore you with them.
Q: Hi David,I don't have a question. Just would like to say thank you for setting a great example for the community and for the kids who look up to you. - Eric, "really old"
A: Eric – Thanks for your kind words. The work that my wife and I do in the community is something that we love doing and really feel grateful that the people of St. Louis who have embraced our efforts. I feel like I have been given a great platform as a professional athlete and don’t want to waste it.
Q: What do you think of the WCHA, as we've known it, breaking up? - Keith, age 51
A: Keith – The fact that the WCHA is breaking up is a little unsettling to me. To break up some great traditions and rivalries to create super conference for what seems like monetary reasons on a collegiate level which is supposed to be about sport, doesn’t sit well with me.
Q: Besides "Glee," do you have another TV series guilty pleasure? - Carole, age 35
A: Carole – I have a few TV guilty pleasures; in no particular order: Gold Rush, Bering Sea Gold, American Idol and my wife watches bachelor which is ridiculous enough to catch my attention.
Q: How did you first get into hockey? - Micah, age 11
A: Micah – I first got into hockey as I was playing baseball in the small town and the season was over. I asked my buddies what they were all doing? They said playing hockey, so I joined them and away I went.