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AHL Chat with Daniel Paille of the Rochester Americans

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Nov. 21st, 2006 | 12:48 pm
posted by: giustizia4eva in amerks_hockey

November 21, 2006

Daniel Paille of the Rochester Americans entered the AHL Chat Room to talk about the the Amerks hot start to the 2006-07 season and his experiences with the Buffalo Sabres.

Do you have any pre-game rituals that you do before you take the ice for a game or any odd superstitions that you do before a game? -- Sara from West Seneca, N.Y.

Not really, I got one superstition really, I don't take pre-game naps or anything like that, I try to relax myself by watching tv, usually with someone else. I do try to get a hot chocolate at a Starbucks before every game or get to a Tim Hortons, that would be my only thing.

How does this season compare to the 2004-05 season with NHL lockout, with regards to talent like Jason Pominville, Derek Roy, Nathan Paetsch and others? -- Kevin from Rochester, N.Y.

Well it was my first year and for me, it looked like everything was so much faster than what I was used to. It looked like the league was sent to the NHL, now in my third season, I see the the ice a lot more and I have more confidence to go out there.

What is your favorite city to play in when you are on the road? -- Erin from Narragansett, R.I.

So far I guess, the city I liked to visit was Houston, teams like that I enjoy going to. When we have a road trip I like seeing and walking around the cities, like San Antonio. I like to see those types of cities.

Who do you think on your team (the Americans) has a great chance of making it the NHL and why? -- Ryan from Buffalo, N.Y.

I look at our goaltender Craig actually. I think he's brought a lot of talent to our team. He's always there when we need him and not too many times he'll let in a bad goal. He sees the plays and the puck real well and I think in time he'll be up there shortly.

How much adjustment in your play do you need to make when you're called up to Buffalo? -- Janna from Rochester, N.Y.

I think, I think there a little bit of a difference when you need to read the players, when I get called up I have to click the players there and try to read them and of course the pace is faster there

What do you feel are the strengths and qualities that coach Cunneyworth and Mantha bring to the team given the predominence of youth on this year's team? -- Gary from Rochester, N.Y.

I think a lot of it is my work ethic, I feel that when I go into the corners, I have a lot more confidence and I try to emphasize that a lot to the younger guys, and try to relay that kind of confidence to the team.

Who was your hockey hero growing up? -- Jeremy from West Seneca, N.Y.

I would say Steve Yzerman, I like to pattern the way I play, the way he saw the ice and played the game. I really watched him and respected the way he played the game as a kid.

I find Rochester's road blue's to be among the coolest sweaters in the league. can you list your five favorite sweaters? -- Dan from Three Rivers, Mich.

Nothing comes to mind, but I liked the jerseys in Guelph, every year I think the jerseys changed and I thought they got better every year. I also really like Rochester's, both Red and Blue one. It really goes well with how the team looks and how everything is.

Do you have any siblings or close relatives that play Hockey? If so, professionally? -- Phil from Atlantic City, N.J.

Not that I know of. I think I have a second-cousin playing the NHL, but I've never met him.

What is or was the hardest team or building you've had to play against in your career? -- Tyler from Central Square, N.Y.

I think that the rival teams are hard to play, especially in juniors, Kitchener was a tough team to play against. It was always a rough game, it was exciting to be in and be a part of. You know you were always getting a tough battle in Kitchener.

Daniel went on to add:
**I just wanted to say thanks for taking time to ask me questions. I really enjoyed all of them and of course thank to all for your support.**

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