Donnybrook hockey caught up with former ‘Cane and Leaf Jeff O’Neill to look into a few of his passions and hockey memories…
donnybrook hockey – What was your favourite barn in Junior to play at?
Jeff O’Neill – Guelph Memorial Gardens
Donnybrook Hockey caught up with Montréal Canadiens’ Captain Brian Gionta to delve into the life of a pro hockey player…
donnybrook hockey – What was your favourite barn in College to play at?
Brian Gionta – I really loved BU’s Rink (Walter Brown Arena), because of the rivalry and the small, close, intimate feel. It had a low ceiling which made it so crazy loud in there.
DBH – What’s your favourite NHL Arena?
BG - I have always loved MTL’s. I’m biased now — but even as a road team the atmosphere is so crazy. Besides that, I always love playing at MSG.
DBH – Who was your idol growing up?
BG - I always loved Gretzky, but could relate with guys like LaFontaine or Theo Fleury.
DBH – How did it feel when you found out you became the Habs’ first sole American-born captain?
BG - It was a mix of Great Pride but also a sense that you didn’t belong with all the other great Captains in Team history–those guys are Legends. But to be the first American is quite an honour–and I can’t thank the fans enough for how they have embraced me.
DBH – Outside of Hockey, what is your favourite thing to do?
BG – I love spending time with my family at our lake house and boating or other water related things.
DBH – What is your favourite food?
BG - Italian food has to be my favorite–Thanks to my Grandma.
DBH – How cool was it seeing your name on the Stanley Cup?
BG – A dream come true–Can’t put it into words–there was a great TV Commercial a few years back, where they showed guys hugging the cup or in interviews who were speechless when they asked that question–So true.
DBH – What was it like representing the United States of America at the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics?
BG – Another dream come true — every kid grows up and watches the summer and winter olympics– Amazing.
DBH – What is your favourite accolade out of the following: Winning the National Championship (Boston College Eagles), Making the US Olympic team (2006 Torino), or Holding the New Jersey Devils record for most goals in a season (48)?
BG - Winning a National Championship–Because nothing beats WINNING!
DBH – After playing in New Jersey for much of your career, how much of a shock was it – both through culture and hockey – to play in Montréal?
BG – A huge shock–The culture was a change for the kids (with school) but a great change, a great experience in our lives–But nothing can compare to playing hockey in this city–Simply amazing.
DBH – Do you play video games? If so, what’s your favourite?
BG - I’m back to playing video games because of my kids–Any sports game but obviously hockey. my son is obsessed. I will always have a soft spot for Mario Bros. and Mario Kart.
DBH – You just missed out playing with your little brother Stephen in New Jersey… Is that a good thing, or would you like to have a Jordan and Eric Staal thing happen at some point in your career?
BG - I would have loved to play with my brother, but I am just so proud of all that he has endured and watching him live his dream.
DBH – For the record, do you like poutine? If so, where in Montréal can you get the best poutine?
BG - I am not a huge Poutine fan but I will indulge in it every once in a while.
DBH – According to Wikipedia, you are the second-shortest player in the NHL (Nathan Gerbe is two inches shorter). What advice to you have to give to smaller kids out there with dreams of one day making the show?
BG - I think as a young kid coming up–You just need to believe in yourself and prove to people that you won’t be held back because of your size–You may not make it because of skill but not because of size. Don’t use it as an excuse for not making strides at the next level.
Donnybrook Hockey “Lifestyle Apparel” is excited to have six members of the Montreal Canadien’s on board during the month of November which to most people is now known as “Movember”. Proceeds from every awesome mustache t-shirt sold will be donated directly to each players mo-bro account to help a great cause. If you are interested in donating directly to a players account please click the players link below.
Colby Armstrong http://mobro.co/armdog
Brandon Prust http://mobro.co/brandonprust
Josh Gorges http://mobro.co/joshgorges1
Brian Gionta http://mobro.co/briangionta1
Travis Moen http://mobro.co/travismoen
Erik Cole http://mobro.co/Colesy72
Donnybrook will be making a donation from all proceeds raised at the end of Movember.
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DonnyBrook Hockey “Lifetsyle Apparel” and six members of the Montreal Canadiens have teamed up
and created a t-shirt with crazy mustaches on them to help raise money for Prostate Cancer (Movember).
Proceeds from every t-shirt sold will be donated to the players mo bro account. Players include
Colby Armstrong, Brandon Prust, Josh Gorges, Brian Gionta, Erik Cole and Travis Moen. Please visit
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