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Ask the Sharks: Rob Blake

You sent in your questions and we asked Blake the best ones

Sunday, 12.27.2009 / 3:00 PM / News
By Alison High  - Staff Writer
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Ask the Sharks: Rob Blake
Prior to the Sharks game against Anaheim on Saturday, SJSHARKS.com sat down with Sharks defenseman Rob Blake for his segment of “Ask the Sharks.”

Below are his answers to your best questions.

1. How does playing in San Jose compare to your time playing in Los Angeles and Colorado? – Benoit
Very similar to Colorado in style of organization and what they want to accomplish in winning the Stanley Cup. They treat you first class and eliminate all excuses.

2. Knowing what you know now from your time in the NHL, if you could go back in time and give some advice to yourself as a rookie, what would you say? – Tim

What would I tell myself? Probably the same thing I tell myself now: listen.

3. What is your preferred surfboard and where is your favorite place to surf? – Brett

I’m riding all the Epoxys right now and my preferred spot is Manhattan Beach.

4. We all know and appreciate the value of a good veteran like you for setting an example and instructing the younger players. Have you ever picked up a new move or learned something valuable from any of the rookies or newer guys on teams you've played on? – Steven
Yea, that’s the best thing about our sport. We learn every day. These kids come in and they’re so skilled and smart with the puck. You’re never too old to learn something new.

5. How has your game play changed since you became the Sharks Captain? – Daniel
I don’t know if my game has really changed. There are some things off the ice that I have to handle, but on the ice, it’s the same. I had the same experience in LA.

6. Who is the funniest guy on the team and why? – Brooke
Brad Staubitz is right up there. He’s a talker and he’s a good story teller.

7. You seem to be 'all business' out on the ice... you're a consummate leader... but I'm SURE you have moments of fun too...What has been the 'funniest' moment for you as a Shark -- on or off the ice?? – Norma

We had a gag gift for Christmas. Each guy drew a guy’s name out of a hat and gave him a gag gift without him knowing who gave to him. We did that in Dallas. That probably ranks up there; some of those gifts were the funniest I’ve seen.

8. You're almost halfway through the season. What grade would you give yourself and the team as a whole at this point of the season and why? – John

I would say a ‘B’ probably. Even though we’re at the top of the West and in our Conference we’re tied for the lead, we can still get better. There’s room for improvement. It would be difficult for me to give us an ‘A’ since there’s still room for us to improve.

9. How difficult is it to come back from an injury, and what do you do to maintain your skills while you're off the roster? – Josh
Not too bad. That’s the only thing, when you do get older, recovering from injuries does take longer. You get back in the lineup, but your timing and different thing do take longer to get back.

10. My friends and I have an ongoing debate, maybe you can help us out. Can you dunk a basketball on a ten foot hoop? – Conrad
Right now, at this moment, it would be questionable. I have many times in the past, but that was prior to hip and knee surgery. I would say at 40, probably not. But at 30, for sure.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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