Ask the Sharks: Pavelski's Answers

You sent in your questions and we asked Joe Pavelski the best ones

Sunday, 01.4.2009 / 2:20 PM PT / News
By Alison High  - Staff Writer
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Ask the Sharks: Pavelski\'s Answers
Joe Pavelski is a native of Wisconsin, a state known for its cheese, Packers and cheese heads. So when SJSHARKS.com had the chance to catch up with the Sharks 24-year-old center, most of the questions revolved around these Wisconsin staples. What is Pavelski's favorite kind of cheese? What does he really think of Brett Favre's move to the Jets? These questions and more are answered below in Pavelski's segment of Ask the Sharks.

1. What area of your game do you think has improved the most since you left the University of Wisconsin until now? – Larry
I think probably my strength. After my first year, I had to work on it. Being a smaller guy, it’s important for my strength to stay up throughout the entire year. It’s tough so I learned how to handle that better and hopefully every year I’ll keep getting stronger.

New York Islanders goalie Joey MacDonald saves a shot from San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski, right, during the first period on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009.
2. What did you earn your degree in at the University of Wisconsin? – Veronica
I only went to two years of school. I only took the core classes, but I was going for a communications science degree.

3. What is your favorite kind of cheese? – Trevor Posey
I like all the basic cheeses like cheddar and mozzarella. My Aunt has a restaurant in Stevens Point and she makes these Italian Cheese Fries. It’s like pizza dough with a bunch of mozzarella cheese on it, but it’s the only place where you can really find them and they’re really good. But I don’t really have one favorite cheese.

4. Why did you decide to wear the jersey number eight? – Joshua Carey

In high school I had the choice between the number eight and number eleven and I chose eight at the time. I really liked sixteen growing up because I really liked Brett Hull, but the number eight was always open at the places I was playing. I had some good success with it. I won a few Championships with it so it’s turned into the number that I like.

5. How did you feel about Brett Favre’s retirement and return signing with the New York Jets? – Robert
It’s alright. The Packers are my favorite team for football. I’m not a die-hard football fan, but I enjoy watching them. I really wanted to see Brett Favre stay with the Packers, but at the same time, the Packers were moving on and so was Brett. I was really glad to see both teams kind of succeed. I know in New York they would have liked to finish better, but overall I think Brett had a pretty good time there and it was good to see him have a good finish to the season. And with the Packers, it could have been a little bit better, but they were competitive too.

San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) celebrates after scoring past Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Dany Sabourin (30) in the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
6. What are some of the sacrifices you have had to make to play in the NHL? – Kenny Robertson
I wouldn’t really know of the sacrifices because I enjoy doing everything. Obviously I’m away from my family. Being from the Midwest, I don’t get to see my family. You realize it more at holidays. I have to make sure I spend a lot of time with my family when they’re around, but at the same time, this is my job and it’s one of the greatest things. I think any player really enjoys what he does. But really I wouldn’t look at too many sacrifices being made, I just have to take care of my body so I can perform at the highest level.

7. You have never been given the opportunity to represent your country playing International Hockey. If you keep playing the way you are, there is the opportunity for you to make the 2010 American Olympic Team. Explain how you would feel representing your country? – Shannon
That would be awesome. I’ve never been able to represent my country like that. There was one smaller tournament I was able to play in as a Junior player, but something as prestigious as the Olympics would be a great honor. It would be a lot of fun to go and play. You get to watch it on TV all the time, like this summer with all those great performances, it was pretty cool. But that is a long ways away and there is a lot of work to do before that happens.

San Jose Sharks' Joe Pavelski (8) is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the Washington Capitals Nov. 22, 2008, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
8. What is something people wouldn’t know about you? – Brooke
I really like to be outdoors. I like to go duck hunting and fish. It’s the best.

9. Where does the last name Pavelski comes from? – Mitchell Firfer
It’s Polish. I don’t know what it really comes from; I know it used to be spelled P-a-w-e-l-s-k-i. There’s still a few people back home that still spell it like that, but when my family came over they changed the ‘w’ to a ‘v’.

10. How’s the new married life? – Eun Joo Park
It’s really good. It’s fun. My wife and I are having a great time with it. We just got a new house. It’s our first house together.

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