We were under time pressure. After a game in Hamburg, Canadian ice hockey player Dany Heatley chatted for twenty minutes with his ex-teammate from Ottawa, Chris Schubert. After their talk, almost all of Nurnberg Ice Tigers team was already in a bus. I wanted to get six minutes for an interview with Dany and, at last, he gave me four. Still, I was thankful. The PR department of the club received two hundred requests for interviews in the past four months, and they approved eighty. The winner of the Olympic games 2010 in Vancouver and the World Cup 2004, and the two times World champion headed after thirteen years in NHL to Germany’s highest league.
Which of these two were more difficult to get used to at the beginning of your playing in Germany: a bigger ice hockey rink or a new life-style?
„I little bit of both. Hockey-wise, playing on a big ice is a change as it requires a different style of game. But the hockey itself is good. We have a strong team and so far it´s all going according to the plan. Getting used to a new life-style was very easy because Germany is a beautiful country.“
„A good guy. A really fast player. I enjoyed playing with him.“
Ivan Majeský (one year in Atlanta).
„ A fantastic man. A solid, tough defenseman.“
Rony Petrovický (one year in Atlanta). He has been up to this date the only Slovak fighter in NHL.
„Yes, and he was not a bad player. He played penalty killing very well. All these players you mention were fast players.“
Andrej Meszároš (three years in Ottawa).
„We played together for a long time. He is my good friend. I respect him a lot.“
Zdeno Chára (one year in Ottawa).
„Zdeno is just unbelievable. Even though he is very big, he plays smart and fast in both offense and defense. He is one of the best teammates I ever played with and one of the toughest defensemen against whom I ever joined.“
Finally, what about a Czech player, Dominik Hašek (one year in Ottawa)?
„I played with him just for a short time. He is a legend, a member of the hall of fame, and a very special goalie.“
What do you consider your biggest victory in the national team?
„Olympic games in Vancouver 2010.“
What would you like to do after your ice hockey career?
„I don´t know yet, but maybe I’d like to coach.“