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Ask the Sharks: Pavelski's Answers

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

Sunday, 01.04.2009 / 5:20 PM / 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 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.




1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67


J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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